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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Week of January 21, 2013
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Welcome Back! Congratulations to all first-year students on completing your first semester of law school, and to upper-level students for making it one semester closer to graduation. I hope everyone had a restful holiday break.

Building Closed on Monday, January 21.
 As in past years, classes will not be held on Monday, January 21, in commemoration of Martin Luther King Day (Spring semester classes will start on Tuesday, January 22). Because Martin Luther King Day is an official university holiday, this also means that the Law School building will be closed on Monday, January 21. Although the building will be open on Sunday, January 20, the Library will be closed that day.

Fall 2012 Grade Submissions. Fall grades are due no later than five weeks from the date of the exam or, if there is no final exam, five weeks from the last day of the exam period. Exams ended on Friday, December 21, so all Fall grades should be in by Friday, January 25. Grades are released as they are received. You can access your grades by logging into Web for Students, then clicking on the Fall 2012 link under the Grades and Rank heading.

U-Pass Distribution. Distribution of Spring 2013 U-Passes will take place as follows:

*Thursday, January 17, 2:00-3:00pm, Front Lobby
*Friday, January 18, 12:00-1:00pm, Front Lobby
*Tuesday, January 22, 11:00-1:00pm, Front Lobby

After Tuesday, January 22, 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 January 22 (the first day of classes) through May 17 (the end of Spring exams). A charge will appear on your semester bill. For more information on the U-Pass program and which students qualify for participation in the program, see the U-Pass FAQ.

You will not receive a U-Pass during the initial distribution period if you registered for classes late or do not have a picture in our ID system. In either of those cases, please contact Jenna Abhijeet (jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu) to explain your situation, and we will put you on our supplemental order list after we confirm your status.

Note to International LL.M. students and visiting students: You qualify for a U-Pass if you are registered for at least 12 credit hours for the Spring semester. If you are reigstered for fewer than 12 credit hours, you do not qualify for a U-Pass.

Spring 2013 Semester Information. The Spring 2013 Quick Guide page has most of the information you will need in advance of the start of the Spring semester -- click here, or go to the main Current Students Portal page and click on the Spring 2013 Quick Guide link under "Academics & Grades." Print copies of many of the documents described below are available outside the third floor cafeteria. Alternatively, click on the individual links below to go directly to the indicated documents.

Initial Reading Assignments
Not all professors submit initial assignments, so do not be concerned if there is no listing for one or more of your Spring courses. Even if a course is not listed here, materials for the course should be available in the Bookstore. The list of assignments has been revised from its initial version as follows:

Assignments revised 1/11/13: Criminal Procedure: The Investigative Process (Prof. Bailey); Property (Prof. Atuahene).

Revised Spring Schedule (with Classroom Assignments)
Classroom assignments will also be posted in the front lobby before classes start.

Course Information Updates
This document lists all changes to the final Spring class schedule to date. The current version of the class schedule posted online reflects these changes.

Trial Advocacy 1 Section Assignments
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.

Trial Advocacy 2 Section Assignments
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.

Exam Schedule
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).

Adding and Dropping Classes
You may add an open course without special permission until the end of the first week of Spring 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 Monday, February 4.

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 Monday, February 4.

Pass/Fail Elections
Pass/fail elections for the Spring semester must be made online no later than Monday, February 18. 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 Web for Students.

  2. Select the "Take Class Pass/Fail" option under the "Online Forms" heading

  3. Select the course you would like to take on a pass/fail basis

  4. Submit your selection

The Registrar's Office will review your request and inform you if there is any problem with your request.

Bookstore Hours

2012-2013 Academic Calendar

Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts
Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2013 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 Spring 2013 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 contact me by email no later than Friday, February 1, 2013, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Opportunity to Take Classes at Loyola (Chicago) School of Law
Chicago-Kent and Loyola (Chicago) School of Law will again permit students from each school to register for selected courses at the other school. Students will pay tuition to their home school, and grades will transfer (not just the credits) and be counted in your GPA. Click here for a list of Loyola classes open to upper-level Chicago-Kent students in the Spring semester. If you are interested in taking one of these classes, please contact me.

Business Law Certificate Program. Students graduating in May 2013 who expect to receive the Certificate in Business Law should submit an Application for the Certificate in Business Law by January 30, 2013. Other students interested in the Business Law Certificate should submit the Notice of Intent of Pursue a Certificate in Business Law sometime during the semester. (If you have already submitted a Notice of Intent, you do not have to submit another one.) The Program’s requirements and forms are available by clicking here.

Employment Limitation for Full-Time Day Division Students. ABA accreditation rules and Law School regulations provide that full-time Day Division students may not be employed for more than 20 hours per week while school is in session. If a full-time Day Division student must work more than 20 hours per week, the student must transfer to the part-time Day Division or the Evening Division.

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 (ssowle@kentlaw.iit.edu), phone (312/9096-5282), or by stopping by my office (320C).

Bar Registration for First-Year Students. This is a reminder that 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, 2013. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site:https://www.ilbaradmissions.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.

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.

July 2013 Illinois Bar Application. Applications for the July 2013 bar exam are due by February 15, 2013. You may file a late application up to May 31, but penalty fees apply. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site: https://www.ilbaradmissions.orgPlease 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.

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.

Dean's Certificate: 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.Important note: We will not certify any student to the bar examiners if the student has an outstanding balance owed to the school.

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 or April, in August, and in November each year. The next exam will be given on April 6, 2013. You may register online by going to http://www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/mpre. The deadline for applying for the April exam is February 12 (the late deadline, with a higher fee, is February 28). Students planning on taking the Illinois bar exam may take the MPRE at any time during or after law school. (Previously, students had to wait to take the MPRE until they had completed two-thirds of the credits required for graduation.)

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.

Joke of the Week. Question: What happened when the frog broke down? Answer: He got toad away!

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