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Notices 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 and network accounts, and your locker, until you graduate.

•Email and Network Accounts. Network accounts: These will be deactivated on Monday, August 1, at 11:50 pm (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Email accounts: With the upcoming transition to Google Apps for Education, the Center for Law and Computers will be sending out important information regarding the transition soon. Please read emails sent by clc-announce@kentlaw.edu carefully for further information.

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Wednesday, 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 2012 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 2012 Term Information.


•Add/Drop Period. The add/drop period for the Summer will close on Friday, May 25, at 11:00pm. You may add an open class, or drop a class and receive a tuition refund, through that time. If you drop a class after May 25, you will not receive a tuition refund.

•Classroom Assignments. The final Schedule of Classes for the Summer 2012 term, including classroom assignments, is available on the Summer 2012 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Summer 2012 link).

•Initial Reading Assignments. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer 2012 courses is available on the Summer 2012 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Summer 2012 link). Please note: If a course is not listed, that means we did not receive an initial assignment from the professor.

•Pass/Fail for Summer Classes. Pass/fail elections for the Summer semester must be made online no later than Friday, May 25, at 11:00pm. 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.

•Summer U-Pass. U-Passes are available in the Registrar's office for the Summer 2012 term for all full-time students who are registered for at least one Summer class. The U-Pass will be effective from May 21 (the first day of Summer classes) through July 18 (the end of Summer exams). If you registered for Summer 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.

Fall 2012 Term Information.

•Add/Drop Period. The initial registration period for Fall 2012 classes closed on Saturday, April 28. The registration system opened back up on Thursday, May 3 for students to see what classes they were admitted into, and to make adjustments to their schedules. You may continue to make adjustments to your schedule until the end of the Fall add/drop period (Friday, September 7, at 5:00pm). If you did not register during the initial registration period, you may now do so.

Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2012 semester who need fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. In addition, if you will be graduating at the end of the Fall 2012 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 the end of the Fall add/drop period (Friday, September 7), and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

•Constitutional Law Wait Lists. Although we do not normally keep wait lists, we are maintaining manual wait lists for the Fall 2012 Constitutional Law sections. If you wish to be registered for a closed section, please contact Dean Sowle (ssowle@kentlaw.edu). For Prof. Stewart's section, preference will be given to students who registered during the initial registration period but were closed out.

•Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2012 courses will be posted no later than Wednesday, August 8. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Fall 2012 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Fall '12 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 page.

Full-Time Students Taking Fewer Than 12 Credits. Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2012 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 2012 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 the end of the Fall add/drop period (Friday, September 7), and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

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