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Week of September 8, 2008
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ASP Workshop: Preparing For and Getting the Most Out of Classes. The Academic Support Program's first workshop of the semester will address how to prepare for class effectively and how to get the most out of your classes. The program will be held on Tuesday, September 9, 12:00-1:00 (room TBA) (for day students) and on Wednesday, September 10, 5:00-5:50 pm (room TBA) (for evening students). All students are invited to attend, but first-year students are particularly encouraged to attend. For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web page.

The remaining workshops for the Fall semester are listed below. Please mark your calendars. (Rooms will be announced at a later date.)

Outlining Your Courses
Tuesday, October 14, 12:00-1:00pm.
Wednesday, October 15, 5:00-5:50pm.

Preparing for and Taking Exams
Tuesday, November 4, 12:00-1:00pm.
Wednesday, November 5, 5:00-5:50pm.

Security Reminder: Watch Your Valuables! We would like to remind all faculty, staff, and students to guard your valuables to avoid the risk of theft. Please do not leave your possessions unattended in the Library or any other part of the building, even for a short time -- it only takes a second for a thief to grab and run.

IIT Emergency Notification Service. The university provides a self-service, web-based, mass notification system, known as iitalert, that enables the university to send instant alerts simultaneously to all students, faculty, and staff, no matter where they are. This system allows IIT to communicate emergency broadcasts and school closings immediately to the individual's cell phone, Blackberry, wireless PDA, text pager, personal email (optional), and RSS reader. This system complements IIT's existing communication system (mass email, myIIT portal, IIT Today), allowing the university to reach the IIT community at a moment's notice.

Click here to register for iitalert. Registration is easy and takes less than a minute. All you need to do is choose a user name, input your phone/PDA number, and indicate you status (faculty, staff, or student) and what campus(es) you are associated with. (Alerts will be sent out on a campus basis.) If you do not have a cellular phone, pager, or PDA, you can register an alternative, non-IIT email address.

U-Pass and ID Distribution. If you have not yet picked up your ID card or U-Pass, they are available in the Registrar's office.

Adding and Dropping Courses. Upper-level students 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.

First-year students have fixed schedules that cannot be changed. You may withdraw completely from the Law School, without tuition penalty, during the first two weeks of classes. If you are considering withdrawing, please contact Dean Sowle for more information on the procedure for doing so.

Academic Counseling. I am available for counseling about course selection, certificate programs, bar preparation, academic rules and regulations, and other academic matters. If you are interested in a particular area of law, I can also arrange for you to meet with a faculty member who specializes in that area. You may contact me by email (ssowle@kentlaw.edu), phone (312/9096-5282), or by stopping by my office (320C).

Private Area for Contemplation. If you would like a private area in the Library to use for contemplation or meditation, please contact the librarian on duty at the Reference Desk.

Spring 2008 Class Ranks/GPA Cut-Offs. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2008 semester are linked to this page.

Additional Spring 2008 CALI Award Winners. Congratulations to the following student for earning a CALI Award this past Spring. The complete list of CALI winners is available by clicking here.

-Family & Employment Immigration Practice: Pramod Chintalapoodi
-Legal Writing 3 (Prof. Interlandi): Kara L. Schuur
-Real Estate Fundamentals & Syndication: Zachary M. Fishman
-Resolving Environmental Liabilities in Bankruptcy: Samuel E. DelRio

New Chicago-Kent Law Review Members. I'm happy to report that the students listed below have been invited to join the Chicago-Kent Law Review based on their academic performance, or their successful participation in this summer's write-on competition:

Ilana W. BambergerAdam R. Kreis
Jessica A. BejereaCatherine J. Krenz
Michael S. BorellaChloe A. Long
Jessica L. BourneNicholas R. Merker
Joanna K. BrinkmanJeff J. Mikrut
Gavin A. DalyLeah B. Moon
Erin A. DuncombScott D. Salmon
Jocelyn D. FloydJacqueline Shiff
Paul J. ForsterTeresa L. Slattery
David R. Freedman Irina Slavina
Douglas R. GarmagerHoward A. Smith
Ryan D. GibsonVincent M. Smolczynski
Michael T. GustafsonCarolyn E. Sorock
Justin D. HaseldenElizabeth A. Thompson
Victoria S. HayesRue K. Toland
Gregory W. JonesAmy E. Voegeli
Sarah R. KaplanChunyan Wang
Brian S. KaunelisBenjamin J. Wilensky
Emily M. Kepner 


Counseling Services. IIT's Counseling Center provides counseling services at the Law School by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call (312) 808-7132. There is no charge for these counseling services.

Bar Registration for First-Year Students. First-year students who plan to take the Illinois Bar Examination after graduation should register with the Illinois bar examiners. The registration materials are due by March 1, 2009. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site: http://www.ibaby.org.

Although you are not required to register as a first-year student, the advantage of doing so is that you will avoid paying additional fees of $350 or more if you apply to take the bar at any point after March of their first year. If you are uncertain whether you intend to practice in Illinois, you may want to consider waiting to register and paying the late fee should you eventually decide to take the Illinois bar exam. The application form is very comprehensive and requires you to provide a significant amount of background information, some of which may be difficult to remember or obtain. I suggest that, if you do plan to register by the March deadline, you begin working on the materials sooner rather than later. If you have any questions about the application materials, you may call the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar at 217/522-5917.

All information you disclose on the bar registration application should be consistent with answers to questions on your Application for Admission to the law school. Please note, however, that the bar registration application asks for a considerable amount of information that you were not asked to provide on our Application for Admission. You only need to be concerned about the consistency of your answers for questions asked on both forms. You can amend your Application for Admission, if necessary, by addressing a letter to me setting forth the details of the omission or misrepresentation and the reason for it.

Representatives from the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will visit the Chicago area later this semester or early in the Spring semester to answer questions concerning the completion of the bar registration application. We will announce the date and time once the session has been scheduled.

First-year students who think they may practice in another state should contact the bar examiners office in that state as soon as possible to determine their registration requirements. Booklets with the addresses and phone numbers of state bar examiners offices are available for you to consult in the Registrar’s office and in my office.

February 2009 and July 2009 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the February 2009 bar exam must be submitted by September 5, 2008. Applications for the July 2009 bar exam must be submitted by February 1, 2009. You may file a late application for the February bar up to December 31, and for the July bar up to May 31, but penalty fees apply. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site: http://www.ibaby.org. Please note: Even if you registered with the bar examiners as a first-year student, you must still file a final application. If you have any questions about the application materials, you may call the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar at 217/522-5917.

The law school sends a “Certificate of Dean of Law School Proof of Legal Education” to the Illinois bar examiners for every student who graduates in December or May. Please be sure to file an Application for Graduation so that we will know you plan to graduate in either December or May.

All information you disclose on the bar application should be consistent with answers to questions on your Application for Admission to the law school. Please note, however, that the bar application asks for a considerable amount of information that you were not asked to provide on our Application for Admission. You only need to be concerned about the consistency of your answers for questions asked on both forms. You can amend your Application for Admission, if necessary, by addressing a letter to me setting forth the details of the omission or misrepresentation and the reason for it.

Representatives from the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will visit the Chicago area later this semester or early in the Spring semester to answer questions concerning the bar application process. We will announce the date and time once the session has been scheduled.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE). The MPRE is required for admission to the bars of most jurisdictions, including Illinois. The exam is administered in March, August, and November each year. You may take the exam after you have completed two-thirds of the credits required for the J.D. degree (at Chicago-Kent, this means you must have completed 58 credits). Applications for the next exam, on November 8, 2008, are available in the Registrar's office. You may also register online by going to http://www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/mpre. The deadline for applying for the November exam is September 30, 2008 (the late deadline is October 16).

Joke of the Week. "I don't have six-pack abs; I have the whole case." (Reno Goodale)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "For My Daughter," by David Ignatow.


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