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Notice to Graduating Seniors. If you are graduating this semester, please read the information below about your Kent email and network accounts, and your locker. If you have any questions, please let me know. Note: If you are not graduating this semester, you will keep your e-mail account and locker until you graduate.

•Email and Network Accounts. Email and network accounts will be deactivated on Monday, August 1, at 11:50pm (the first Monday after the July bar exam).

If you would like to save your emails, you may download a .pst file of your inbox, following the instructions here. Please note that you must be on campus in order to download your .pst file, as you need access to the Chicago-Kent server for the download. Moreover, please be sure to have a flash drive or recordable CD on which to save your emails, as the files are generally too large to send by email. It is your responsibility to make a backup of your emails to a .pst file. If you have questions, please contact the Center for Law and Computers at or 312-906-5300.

As a Chicago-Kent graduate, the Alumni Association is pleased to offer an e-mail forwarding service using an email address. This service is available through the Alumni Online Community (see below) and allows you to choose a address that will be forwarded to your specified personal email account (e.g. gmail, yahoo, or work e-mail, etc).  Your username can be your current username or you can create a new one.

The advantage of the e-mail forwarding is that once you give your forwarding address to friends and colleagues, you’ll no longer have to notify everyone in your address book of a new or discontinued e-mail address; you can simply update the email account to which the email forwarding address sends to by logging into the Alumni Online Community. Please note that any emails sent to your current address DO NOT automatically get sent to your alumni forwarding address. You must notify your contacts of your new address.

In order to access e-mail forwarding, you must sign up for the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community, which, in addition to email forwarding, allows you to update your alumni information, search the alumni directory, join groups, network with fellow alumni, and keep up-to-date with all the news and events at Chicago-Kent. Accounts for May 2010 graduates will be available by mid-July. Click here to sign up now and we will send you your login information when you have access! For questions or concerns, please contact the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association at or 312-906-5240.

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Monday, August 1. Anything left in lockers after that date will be removed. If you are unable to clear your locker out by that date, please contact me to make arrangements for your locker contents to be set aside for you. Note: This applies only to graduating students. If you are not graduating, you do not need to clear your locker out; you will keep your current locker until you graduate.

Dean's Certificate for Illinois Bar. We will mail a Dean's Certificate to the Illinois bar examiners for every graduating student after final grades for the Spring semester are received and processed, and we can confirm completion of all graduation requirements. We compile the list of graduating students from the list of those who submitted Applications for Graduation listing Spring 2011 as their final semester.

Bar Exams in Other Jurisdictions. If you plan to take a bar exam outside of Illinois, you should provide the Registrar with appropriate forms for the Law School to complete as soon as possible.

Summer 2011 Term Information.

•Add/Drop Period. The add/drop period for the Summer runs through Friday, May 27. You may add an open class, or drop a class and receive a tuition refund, through that date. Click here for links to the Summer schedule and the online registration system.

•Classroom Assignments.The final Schedule of Classes for the Summer 2011 term, including classroom assignments, is available on the Summer 2011 Term Information page (also available by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Summer '11 link).

•Initial Reading Assignments. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer 2011 courses is available on the Summer 2011 Term Information page (also available by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Summer '11 link). If a course is not listed, that means we did not receive an initial assignment from the professor. Please note: You may purchase your books in the Bookstore prior to the issuing of the initial reading assignments list; the Bookstore receives book ordering information directly from professors and should have all books in stock at the present time.

•Pass/Fail for Summer Classes. Pass/fail elections for the Summer semester must be made online no later than Friday, May 27. 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.

Fall 2011 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2011 courses will be posted no later than Wednesday, August 3. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Fall 2011 Term Information page (also available by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Fall '11 link).

You may ask the bookstore to hold your Fall course materials for you when they arrive, or for an extra fee you may request that the books be mailed to you over the summer. If you would like to take advantage of either of these options, stop by the bookstore before you leave, or call the bookstore at 312/906-5605. In addition, you may order your course books over the Internet by clicking on the Bookstore link on the Current Students Portal page.

Institute for Law and the Humanities Paper Prizes. The Institute for Law and the Humanities is pleased to announce the 2011 ILH Paper Prizes for student papers dealing with legal issues from a humanistic perspective. First prize is $1,000 and second prize is $500. The deadline for submission is July 1, 2011, with winning papers to be posted on the ILH website. Eligible papers include those submitted for seminars and for Independent Research during the current 2010-11 academic year (including those from the 2010 fall semester), as well as student law review notes and comments, so long as they were written during the current academic year and are primarily the student's own work. Submissions may be made electronically either to Professor Sheldon Nahmod at or to Professor Felice Batlan at

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