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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Week of August 30, 2010
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General Announcements:

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Classes are canceled on Monday, September 6, for Labor Day, and the building will be closed that day. There will be shortened building hours on Saturday, September 4 (8:30 am - 1:00 pm) and Sunday, September 5 (9:30 am - 2:00 pm). The Library will be closed all three days.

Due to a religious holiday, classes are canceled on Wednesday, September 8, 4:00 and after; and on Thursday, September 9.

Student Organization Fair.
The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Wednesday, September 1, 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.

Extended Departmental Hours on Tuesday Nights.
To assist evening students in transacting administrative business, the following deparments will be open until 7:00 pm every Tuesday night: the Registrar's Office, the Bursar's Office, the Office of Financial Aid, the Career Services Office, and the Computer Center Help Desk. Due to an impending leave for the Director of Student Services, extended hours for that department will be done by appointment (please contact me if you would like an evening appointment).

Legal Writing Ethics Guidelines.
This is a reminder that the Chicago-Kent Legal Writing Ethics Guidelines apply to all Chicago-Kent students, including students enrolled in upper-level writing courses (Legal Writing 3, Legal Writing 4, and all seminars). The Guidelines, which address a variety of issues, including plagiarism, are available by clicking here. If you have not reviewed the Guidelines recently, please do so.

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explains how you may request that directory information, including the information published in the Student Directory, not be published or released.

U-Pass and ID Distribution.
If you have not yet picked up your U-Pass (for all full-time students) or ID card (if you are a first-year student), they are available in the Registrar's office.

Concrete Renovation Work.
Due to unforeseen delays with City of Chicago permitting and more recent discoveries underneath the pavement, the concrete work is now scheduled to be completed as follows:

Adams Street Side: Should be completed Friday, August 27. During this time period:
  • Sewer connections and street paving will be done
  • The shuttle bus will continue to drop-off/pick-up at the northeast corner of Quincy and Jefferson.

Jefferson Street Work: Friday, August 27 - Monday, September 6. During this time period:

  • Friday, 8/27 - Removal of signage and general prep work
  • Monday/Tuesday, 8/30 and 8/31 - the contractors will be saw cutting the old concrete during this phase and lifting it out with a forklift to keep noise at a minimum
  • Wednesday, 9/1 to completion - Pouring concrete and finishing details
  • The shuttle bus will continue to drop-off/pick-up at the northeast corner of Quincy and Jefferson.
  • Parking on the Jefferson street side of the building will be prohibited.

Work Hours (these remain the same): The City has given the contractor permission to do work as follows (including weekends):

  • 8:00 am thru 8:00 pm - work that would generate noise
  • 8:00 pm thru 8:00 am - other types of work such as staging equipment, relocating barriers, walkways, etc.
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To Entering Students:

ASP Workshop: Preparing For and Getting the Most Out of Class. 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 for day students will be held on Tuesday, August 31, 12:00-1:00 (Auditorium). The program will be offered twice for evening students (given their different schedules), on Tuesday, August 31, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 510) and again on Thursday, September 2, 5:00-5:50 pm (Rm. 510).. 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.

Outlining Your Courses
Day students: Tuesday, October 5, 12:00-1:00 pm (Auditorium)
Evening students: Tuesday, October 5, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 510) and Thursday, October 7, 5:00-5:50 pm (Rm. 510).

Preparing for and Taking Exams
Day students: Wednesday, November 3, 3:00-3:50 pm (Rm. 590)
Evening students: Tuesday, November 2, 6:00-6:50 pm (Rm. 510) and Thursday, November 4, 5:00-5:50 pm (Rm. 510).

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.

Academic Support Program. 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 emailed invitations to selected students to join these sessions. If you did not receive an invitation and would like to petition to join them, click here for the petition form, which is due to Jenna Abhijeet, our Director of Student Services, no later than Wednesday, September 1. Information about the program and study resources is available on the ASP web site.

To Returning Students:

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.

Pass/Fail Elections. Pass/fail elections for the Fall semester must be made online no later than Friday, September 3. Please review section 2.4 "Pass/Fail Election" in the Student Handbook if you have any questions regarding your pass/fail elections. In order to make your election, you should:
  1. Log into your Webmail account
  2. Click on the "Web for Students" icon in lower left portion of the left frame
  3. Select the "Take Class Pass/Fail" option under the "Online Forms" heading
  4. Select the course you would like to take on a pass/fail basis
  5. Submit your selection

The Registrar's Office will review your request, determine your eligibility and notify you of the status.

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 (, phone (312/9096-5282), or by stopping by my office (320C).

Full-Time Students Taking Fewer Than 12 Credits. Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2010 semester who need fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. If you will be taking fewer than 12 credit hours, you will not be automatically included in the student health insurance program - you will need to opt in to the insurance program. Please see the Student Health Insurance FAQ for more information. In addition, if you take fewer than 12 credits hours, please contact the Registrar, Jerry Seaton, so he can make sure you are still coded as full-time in the registration system.

Tuition Discount for Graduating Students Taking More than 87 Credits. If you will be graduating at the end of the Fall 2010 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 no later than Friday, September 3, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

London Law Consortium: Brochures Available. Chicago-Kent offers 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 2011 semester, please pick up a copy of the program brochure from Theda Mickey 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 September 20. If you wish to discuss the program in more detail, contact Professor David Rudstein (; 312/906-5354).

February 2011 and July 2011 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the February 2011 bar exam must be submitted by September 1, 2010. Applications for the July 2011 bar exam must be submitted by February 1, 2011. 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: 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 at the beginning of your last semester so we will know you plan to graduate at the end of that semester.

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). The next exam will be given on November 6, 2010. You may register online by going to The deadline for applying for the November exam is September 28 (the late deadline is October 14).

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