Student Organization Fair.
The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Wednesday, September 2, 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 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 Abhijeet, Chicago-Kent's Director of Student
Services (6-5005 or firstname.lastname@example.org or office 310A).
Welcome to Chicago-Kent!
For those of you starting
your first year, you chose a terrific law school and we are pleased that you are
joining our community. You have an exciting several years ahead of you.
What My Office Does.
In my capacity as Assistant Dean for Academic Administration
and Student Affairs, I have responsibility for a number of areas that affect your
life as a student. I supervise the Registrar's office on scheduling your courses,
administering your exams, and maintaining your academic records. I oversee the
Student Services office on Orientation, academic and personal counseling of students,
and applying the school's academic regulations. More generally, my job is to make
sure that your life at the Law School remains as free from administrative hassles
as possible. If you think I can be of help, please call me (906-5282), come by
my office (320C), or e-mail me (email@example.com). If I'm not the right person
to help you, I should be able to point you in the right direction. My door is
open without appointment, so long as I am not otherwise occupied when you drop
The final schedule for Orientation week will
be distributed in the registration packets when you arrive. In addition,
the Admissions Office has created a special
for entering students with links to lots of useful information. (A
password is required for access to this site; contact the Office of Admissions
if you don't have a password.)
Academic Support Program.
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 Tuesday, September 1
. Information about the program and study resources is available on the ASP web site
Chicago-Kent is a participant in the Chicago Transit Authority's
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 24 (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 FAQ
and visit the CTA's U-Pass
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Fall 2009 Semester Information.
The Fall 2009 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 Portal page
and click on the Fall '09 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 2009 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 link
on the Student Portal page
•Course Information Updates.
Course information updates for Fall 2009 classes are available on the Fall 2009 Term Information page
•Revised Fall Schedule (with Classroom Assignments).
A revised copy of the Fall 2008 Schedule of Classes, including classroom assignments, is available on the Fall 2009 Term Information page
Some classroom assignments have changed since they were first posted last week, and there may be additional changes prior to the start of classes; please re-check the revised schedule shortly before the start of classes to make sure you have the most current information.) Classroom assignments will also be posted in the front lobby a few days before classes start.
•Trial Advocacy Section Assignments.
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 2009 Term Information page
. 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.
•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 2009 exam schedule is available on the Fall 2009 Term Information page
. Please note that you are permitted to register for courses with exams scheduled at the same time; one exam will be rescheduled for you.
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).
The Bookstore's hours for the Fall semester are available on the Fall 2009 Term Information page
•2009-2010 Academic Calendar.
The Academic Calendar for 2009-2010 is linked to this page
Spring 2010 Preliminary Schedule.
The preliminary class schedule for the Spring 2010 semester is available on the Fall 2009 Term Information 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 2009 schedule will be issued later this semester, when registration for Spring classes will also take place.
Fall U-Pass Distribution.
Fall U-Passes for upper-level students will take place in the front lobby at the
Thursday, August 20, 11:00am - 1:00pm, Front Lobby.
Friday, August 21, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Front Lobby.
August 24, 11:00am - 2:00pm, Front Lobby.
After Monday, August 24, 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
24 (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 2009 CALI Awards.
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 2009 courses are available by clicking here
. 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.
Change in Curve for Upper-Level Elective Courses.
At its May meeting, the faculty voted to change the curve for upper-level elective courses with 40 or more students enrolled from a mandatory curve to a highly recommended curve. This change will take effect with the current Fall 2009 semester.
Language Study at Chicago-Kent: Information Sessions on September 1 & 2.
Come hear from Johanna Torres, director of Language Loop, about studying a foreign language this semester. Specific language courses are offered based on demand; payment is made directly to Language Loop, and there is no law school credit involved. The language classes take place here in the Law School building unless other arrangements are made. Information sessions will be held Tuesday, September 1, 12:00-1:00pm in Rm. 547, and Wednesday, September 2, 3:00-4:00pm in Rm. 581.
Classes will start the week of September 14 and conclude the week of November 16.
Joke of the Week.
A grasshopper goes into a bar. The bartender says, "hey, do you know we have a drink named after you?" The grasshopper replies, "why in the world would you name a drink 'Pete'?"