Student Organization Fair.
The annual Student
Organization Fair will be held on Wednesday, September 3, from 11:00-1:00 (for
day students) and from 4:00-6:00 (for evening students) in the second and third
floor atriums. All students are invited.Chicago-Kent Master Calendar.
The Chicago-Kent Master Calendar is available
; it may also be accessed from the main Chicago-Kent web page and from
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 Organizations Calendar.Disability Resources.
Chicago-Kent College of Law provides individuals with disabilities reasonable
accommodations to participate in law school 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 Jenna Moroney, Chicago-Kent's Director of Student Services (6-5282
or firstname.lastname@example.org or office 310A).Student Health Insurance.
For information about the 2008-2009 student health insurance plan, please see
Health Insurance FAQ
. If you have any questions or problems with respect to
student health insurance, contact Jenna Moroney, the Director of Student Services,
at email@example.com or 312-906-5005.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including the information published in the Student Directory, not be published
or released. 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 university 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
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. To Entering Students:
Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.
Please take time to review the Student
, 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.
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 will receive 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 will be sending invitations to selected
students before the start of the regular semester 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 Friday, August
. Information about the program and study resources is available on the
ASP web site
and U-Pass Distribution.
ID cards and U-Passes for first-year day students
will be distributed in the main lobby on Monday, August 25, from 11:00-2:00 pm.
We will distribute ID cards for evening students outside your class on Monday,
August 25. After Monday, ID cards and U-Passes 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 25 (the first day of classes) through
December 22 (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.
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 2008 Semester Information.
The Fall 2008 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 '08 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
2008 Term Information page
. (Please note:
The list of initial assignments
has been updated since it was first posted, 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 2008 classes are available on the Fall
2008 Term Information page
Fall Schedule (with Classroom Assignments).
A revised copy of the
Fall 2008 Schedule of Classes, including classroom assignments, is available on
the Fall 2008 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 2008 exam schedule is available on the Fall
2008 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 2008 Term Information
. Please note:
If your section meets at the Daley Center, please
be sure to bring your Kent ID card with you, as you may be required to show it
before being allowed to enter.
The Bookstore's hours for the Fall semester are available on the Fall
2008 Term Information page
The Academic Calendar for 2008-2009 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? Would you like to hear directly
from a Seventh Circuit judge about how things work in this circuit? 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. 10:40-11:35 pm. We'll be using materials
by Meador, Baker, & Steinman.
Spring 2009 Preliminary Schedule.
The preliminary class schedule for the Spring 2009 semester is available on the
Fall 2008 Term Information
. 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 2009 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 on
Monday, August 25, 11:00-2:00 pm in the front lobby. After Monday, August 25,
you may pick up your U-Pass from the Registrar's office.
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 25 (the first day of classes) through December 22 (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 2008 CALI Award Winners.
The 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 2008 courses are available by
. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org; 312/906-5354).Tuition
Discount for Graduating Students Taking More than 87 Credits.
If you will
be graduating at the end of the Fall 2008 semester, and will be taking more than
the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit
you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contct me by
email and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.Joke
of the Week.
A barking dog never bites. Well, at least not while it's barking.
Poem of the Week.
This week's poem is "Briefly
It Enters, and Briefly Speaks," by Jane Kenyon.