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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

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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.

Fire Safety Reminder.
In the event of a fire, it is vital that we clear the building as quickly as possible. Please keep the following in mind:

Please use the nearest staircase to exit the building, unless the staircase is overcrowded. In that case, please seek out an alternate staircase (there are at least two on each floor). There are maps in the elevator bays on each floor identifying the locations of the staircases. Do not use the elevators.

Once in the staircase, please proceed all the way to the first floor -- do not exit at the third floor in order to use the atrium staircase.

Please do not take time to gather up your belongings -- your safety is more important than your possessions. If you feel that you must take any valuables with you, please "grab and go" -- do not waste precious seconds or minutes powering down your laptop computer or packing up your belongings.

Once you exit the building, please move either eastward or westward down the sidewalk so that you will be out of harm's way if any windows shatter. For your safety, please do not step into traffic or cross against a traffic light.

Failure to leave the building promptly, or failure to follow the directions of Law School personnel, may subject you to a Code of Conduct charge.

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.

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, the Admissions 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.

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 (drudstei@kentlaw.edu; 312/906-5354).

Student Health Insurance Cards. Student health insurance cards have been mailed to your home address (the address listed as your local address in the IIT system). If you do not receive your card, we are expecting additional cards to be mailed directly to Chicago-Kent after September 15. When they arrive, we will let you know when and where you may pick them up. If you have any questions, please contact the Student Health Center at 312-567-7550.

Some of you may receive cards even if you waived the student health insurance -- if so, please check your student account to make sure that the insurance fee has been removed. If you waived the insurance but received a card, you can dispose of the card.

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, 2011. 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 substantial additional fees if you register 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 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: 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 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 http://www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/mpr. The deadline for applying for the November exam is September 28 (the late deadline is October 14).

Concrete Renovation Work.
The remainder of the concrete work is now scheduled to be completed as follows:

Adams Street Side: The concrete work has been completed; remaining items include planting trees in the two new planters on the west side of Adams and installation of decorative fencing around all of the tree beds.

Jefferson Street Work: Tuesday, September 7 - Friday, September 10. During this time period:

  • Tuesday through 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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