Student Organization Fair. The annual Student Organization Fair will
be held on Wednesday, September 5, from 11:30-1:00 (for day students) and from
5:00-6:00 (for evening students) in the second and third floor atriums. All students
Chicago-Kent Master Calendar. The Chicago-Kent Master
Calendar is available here; it may
also be accessed from the main Chicago-Kent web page and from the Record
web pages (see, e.g., the link to the right on this page). This site brings together
the following different calendars: the Academic Calendar, Admissions Calendar,
Alumnae/i Calendar, Events Calendar, Student Administrative Calendar, and Student
Disability Resources. Illinois Institute
of Technology provides individuals with disabilities reasonable accommodations
to participate in university activities, programs, and services. Individuals with
disabilities requiring an accommodation to participate in an activity, program
or service (for example, exam accommodations or classroom accommodations) should
contact the university's Center for Disability Resources.
Center for Disability
Illinois Institute of Technology
3105 S. Dearborn LS 252
Student Health Insurance.
For information about the 2007-2008 student health insurance plan, please see
Health Insurance FAQ.
New Certificate Program in Criminal Litigation.
[Check back soon for this information.]
Classes Canceled October 30
for President Anderson's Inauguration. In recognition of the inauguration
of John Anderson as IIT's new President, day division classes will be canceled
on Tuesday, October 30. Classes starting at 4:00pm or later will meet as usual.
FERPA Rights and Notification of Access to Education Records. The Student
Handbook outlines student rights and responsibitilies regarding access to educational
records. Please review sections 14.4 and 14.5, which are linked
to this page. Please pay particular attention to section 14.5, which lists
the types of information that Chicago-Kent classifies as "directory information"
(which Chicago-Kent may release at its discretion) and the information published
in the online Student Directory (available only to members of the Chicago-Kent
community). Section 14.5 also explains how you may request that directory information,
including the information published in the Student Directory, not be published
Notice to Students in Substance Abuse Recovery (or who
want to be). If you are in recovery for a substance abuse problem, or if you
are not in recovery but would like help with a substance abuse problem, consider
contacting the Lawyers Assistance Program. This confidential program exists to
help lawyers, judges, and law students with alcohol abuse, drug dependency, or
mental health problems. If you are already in recovery, there is a weekly A.A.
meeting at LAP's Chicago office, Tuesdays from 12:15-1:15 pm, at 20 S. Clark Street,
Suite 1820. If you would like to be put in contact with other members of the Chicago-Kent
community who are in recovery, call Janet Voss, the director of LAP, at 312/726-6607.
If you are not in recovery but would like to find out more about what LAP can
do for you, call or stop by LAP's office, or go to their web site at http://www.illinoislap.org.
Reminder About IIT's Political Activity Policy. IIT’s General Counsel
would like to remind employees and students of the university’s obligation as
a tax-exempt entity to refrain from engaging in any partisan political activities.
This policy applies to all academic units within IIT, including the Law School.
Violation of the prohibition against such activity could jeopardize IIT’s tax-exempt
status. While individuals are free to express their opinions and to support political
candidates on their own, it must be clear that the individual is acting on his
or her own behalf and not on behalf of IIT. In no event may the name, symbols,
or resources of the university be used to participate or intervene in any political
campaign on behalf of or in opposition to a candidate for political office. Specific
examples of impermissible activities include the use of university letterhead,
campus mail, or IIT e-mail accounts to solicit support or contributions for a
candidate; using university funds to purchase tickets for a candidate's fund-raiser;
and putting campaign posters on university property. If you have any questions
or concerns about this policy, please contact Mary Anne Smith, Vice President
and General Counsel of IIT, at 312/567-3034.
Furniture in the Classroom.
If you have any reason to remove tables, podiums, chairs, or other furniture from
classrooms temporarily, please be sure that you return them promptly. Missing
furniture can cause serious inconvenience to instructors and students.
Gerber & Eisenberg Mock Trial Program. [Check back soon for this information.]
To Entering Students:
and Code of Conduct. Please take time to review the Student
Handbook, including the Chicago-Kent Code of Conduct (located at the end of
the Handbook). For future reference, there is a permanent link to the Handbook
on the main Student Portal
Amendments to Your Applications for Admission. The Illinois
bar examiners reserve the right to check information you disclose to them on your
bar application for consistency with the information you provided on your application
for admission to law school. The bar examiners also conduct their own investigations
to ensure that you disclosed all relevant information on your bar application
and your law school application. Some students have had considerable difficulty
in the past when the bar examiners found discrepencies between the information
disclosed to them and the information on their law school applications, or when
they discovered relevant information omitted from both.
I recommend that
you review your answers to the questions asked on our application for admission
and amend your application if any relevant information was excluded. You can amend
your application by sending a memo to my attention describing the omitted information
and explaining why you did not include the information on your application. In
some cases, disciplinary action under the Code of Conduct may be appropriate.
But it is much better to disclose the information now, and suffer whatever consequences
may ensue (if any), than to be called before the bar examiners three years from
now to explain a discrepency or omission.
Most problems in the past
have arisen with respect to the following two questions on the
16. Have you ever been convicted of, plead guilty or
nolo contendere to, or received a period of supervision for, any offense other
than a minor traffic or parking violation, or is any charge now pending against
you concerning such an offense? (A "minor traffic violation" is a violation
for which only a citation was issued, e.g., speeding. You must report any other
traffic offense, including any offense in which acting under the influence of
a drug or alcohol was an element of the offense.) You must disclose each instance
regardless of whether a conviction was reversed, set aside or vacated, or the
record sealed or expunged.
17. Have you ever been dropped, suspended,
placed on academic or social probation or warning, or otherwise disciplined by
any college or university, for any reason?
You received information during Orientation about the
Academic Support Program (ASP), which is designed to assist first-year students
in developing the skills needed to succeed in law school. One component of the
program is weekly small group sessions focusing on skills development in the context
of each of your Fall doctrinal courses. We have sent invitations to selected students
to join these sessions. If you do not receive an invitation and would like to
petition to join them, click
for the petition form, which is due to me no later than Thursday, September
6. Information about the program and study resources is available on the ASP
ID and U-Pass Distribution.
The ID cards are
now ready. You may pick your ID card up on Monday in the front lobby between 11:00
and 2:00. I will distribute evening student ID cards outside their 6:00 class
on Monday, August 27. After Monday, ID cards will be available in the Registrar's
We are awaiting delivery of the U-Passes from the CTA. If they
arrive Monday morning, they will be available in the front lobby betweeen 11:00
and 2:00. After Monday, they will be available in the Registrar's office.
About the U-Pass Program:
The U-Pass is a discount fare card allowing
unlimited rides on all CTA buses and trains. All full-time day students will receive
a U-Pass card valid from August 27 (the first day of classes) through December
21 (the end of Fall exams). New cards will be issued at the start of the Spring
semester. The charge for the card will appear on the semester bill for each full-time
student. Due to restrictions imposed by the CTA, the program is not currently
available to evening students or part-time day students.
For more details,
see our U-Pass
, and visit the CTA's U-Pass
If you have not yet supplied
your immunization records to IIT, please do so as soon as possible. You may have
a hold placed on your registration if you do not submit the proper documentation.
To Returning Students:
I hope you had an enjoyable summer and that you have a successful and productive
year. If you would like to see me with a question, problem, or suggestion, please
call me (906-5282), come by my office (Suite 320C), or e-mail me (SSOWLE).
Fall 2007 Semester Information.
The Fall 2007 Term Information page
has most of the information you will need in advance of the start of the Fall
semester - click here
or go to the main Student
and click on the Fall '07 link under "Academic term information."
Print copies of many of the documents described below are available outside the
third floor cafeteria.
Initial Reading Assignments
and Course Materials.
Reading assignments for the first week of the
Fall semester are available on the Fall
2007 Term Information page
. (Please note:
The list of initial assignments
has been updated since it was first, and it may be updated again if we receive
additional assignments.) Not all professors submit initial assignments, so do
not be concerned if there is no listing for one or more of your Fall courses.
If you have not yet returned to school, you may ask the bookstore to hold
your Fall course materials for you until you arrive, or for an extra fee you may
request that the books be mailed to you. If you would like to take advantage of
either of these options, stop by the bookstore or call 312/906-5605. In addition,
you may order your course materials over the Internet by clicking on the Bookstore
on the Student
Course Information Updates.
Course information updates for Fall 2007 classes are available on the Fall
2007 Term Information page
Fall Schedule (with Classroom Assignments).
A revised copy of the
Fall 2007 Schedule of Classes, including classroom assignments, is available on
the Fall 2007 Term Information
. Classroom assignments will also be posted in the front lobby later this
Adding and Dropping Courses.
You may add an open course without special permission until the end of the
first week of classes. During the second week, however, you may add an open course
only with permission of the instructor. You may not add a course after the second
week of the semester. You may withdraw from any course except a required course,
a clinical course, Law Review, Moot Court, or Intensive Trial Advocacy at any
time prior to the date of the final exam or final paper (see § 3.10(c) of the
Student Handbook). There is no tuition penalty if you drop a course during the
first two weeks of classes. You will not receive a tuition refund, however, if
you drop a course after the second week of classes.
A copy of the Fall 2007 exam schedule is available on the Fall
2007 Term Information page
. The Student Handbook requires that you take your
finals at the times scheduled unless you have an exam conflict (as defined below),
or you have a "serious illness or other extraordinary or compelling reason"
beyond your control. A Final Exam Reschedule Form will be posted later this semester
through Web for Students.
A student is deemed to have an "exam
conflict" if he or she has two exams at the same time, or has two or more
exams within 24 hours (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., or at 6:00 p.m.
and 1:15 the following afternoon). A conflict does not
exist if two exams
are scheduled exactly 24 hours apart (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. one morning and
8:30 a.m. the next morning).
If you are registered for Trial Advocacy 1 or
Trial Advocacy 2 for the Fall semester, a list of section assignments is available
on the Fall 2007 Term Information
. If your section meets at the Daley Center, please be sure to bring your
Kent ID card with you, as you will be required to show it before being allowed
Bookstore's hours for the Fall semester are available on the Fall
2007 Term Information page
The Academic Calendar for 2007-2008 is linked
to this page
Consider Taking Appellate
Courts & Procedure.
[From Prof. Steinman] All through law school you
read appellate court decisions, and perhaps you plan to litigate. How much do
you know about appellate review: About who can appeal, when, where, and how?;
about the scope of review available before final judgment? Do you understand what
the various standards of review really mean, and what standard the courts will
apply to what issues? Are you sure of the degree to which the trial court record
and the issues you've raised – or failed to raise – in the trial court limit what
you can argue on appeal? Have you pondered when appellate courts feel free to
make new law and when they leave law making to legislatures? or the role of intermediate
appellate courts in lawmaking? Have you considered how the volume of litigation
has altered how appellate courts operate (their internal procedures, their use
of staff, the very structure of appellate court systems), and the implications
of those changes for how appellate counsel must work? Do you know much about U.S.
Supreme Court jurisdiction and certiorari policy, or the role of amicus curiae?
If these questions interest you, consider taking Appellate Courts & Procedure,
Mon., Tues., Thurs. 1:55-2:50 pm. We'll be using new materials by Meador, Baker,
Spring 2008 Preliminary Schedule.
class schedule for the Spring 2008 semester is linked
to this page
. Please note:
This schedule is only preliminary; there
will be additions to the class list and other changes made before the schedule
is finalized. The final Spring 2008 schedule will be issued later this semester,
when registration for Spring classes will also take place.
Fall U-Passes for upper-level students will be distributed in
the front lobby on Monday, August 27, from 11:00 to 2:00. After Monday, you may
pick up your U-Pass from the Registrar's office.
All full-time day students
(determined by your official division status, not by the number of credit hours
you take in a particular semester) will be issued U-Passes valid from August 27
(the first day of classes) through December 21 (the end of Fall exams). New cards
will be issued at the start of the Spring semester. The charge for the card will
appear on the semester bill for each full-time student. If you registered for
Fall classes late or do not have a picture in our ID system, we will not have
a U-Pass for you. Please let us know that you qualify for a U-Pass and, after
we confirm your status, we will order one for you. For more details about the
U-Pass program, see our U-Pass
, and visit the CTA's
U-Pass web site
Spring 2007 CALI Award Winners.
CALI Excellence for the Future Award, sponsored by the Center for Computer-Assisted
Legal Instruction, is given to the student or students who receive the highest
grade in each section of each course. The CALI award winners for Spring 2007 courses
are available by clicking
. If a section or a course is not listed, that means the professor elected
not to give a CALI award, or we have not yet heard from the professor. Congratulations
to all of you who received an award - you should be proud of your achievement.
London Law Consortium: Brochures Available.
a semester of legal study in London each Spring semester as part of a consortium
with six other schools. If you are interested in the London Law Consortium for
the Spring 2008 semester, please pick up a copy of the program brochure from Denise
Lang outside my office (Suite 320C). Spaces in the program will be allocated on
a first-come, first-served basis. We must submit to the program administrators
completed applications from all of our participating students no later than Tuesday,
September 7, 2007. If you wish to discuss the program in more detail, contact
Professor David Rudstein (email@example.com; 312/906-5354).Serve
as a Mentor to an International Student.
If you are an upper-level student,
consider serving as a Chicago Mentor to help orient one of our international LL.M.
students to life in Chicago and the U.S. This pilot program matches 2L, 3L, and
4L J.D. students with new LL.M. students. As a Chicago Mentor, you would be available
to answer questions about life in Chicago, public transportation, social events,
etc. You could even get together with your mentee for lunch, invite him or her
to a party at your apartment or home, or take them to a Chicago neighborhood festival.
If you are interested in being a Chicago Mentor, send an email to Assistant
Dean Lydia Lazar (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than Friday, September 7, with
the following information:
- Your name and email address
- Your year
- If there is a language that you speak/read/write
- If there
is a particular country or area of the world that interests you
- Your age
and if you are male or female
- What type of law interests you
neighborhood in Chicago (or suburbs) you live in
- Anything else that you
think would be helpful in matching you with an international student.Joke
of the Week.
George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill: "I am enclosing
two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend ... if you have
one." Churchill's response: "Cannot possibly attend first night, will
attend second ... if there is one." Poem of the Week.
week's poem is "How
to Be a Poet," by "Wendell Berry.