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Fall 2012 GPAs and Class Ranks. Cumulative GPAs through the Fall 2012 semester, and class ranks for upper-level J.D. students, will be available early in the week of February 4 through Web for Students (click on the "Fall 2012" link under "Grades and Rank" on the lefthand menu). Please note:Class ranks are calculated only for students who have been at Chicago-Kent for at least two semesters. First-year students, and students who transferred into Chicago-Kent at the start of the Fall 2012 semester, will receive their first class ranks at the end of the Spring 2013 semester. LL.M. students do not receive class ranks.

Bar Preparation Class. Through the generosity of Prof. Conviser and BAR-BRI, we are offering a no-credit, free class this Spring that will provide an early opportunity to begin preparing for the bar exam. The class will meet six times during the semester on Thursdays 4:00-5:50 pm, beginning on Thursday, February 14, in Rm. 590. The class is geared toward general bar preparation (not just Illinois), and it is open to both J.D. and LL.M. students graduating in May who plan to take a bar exam this summer or next winter.  The class will be taught by alum, Stephanie Goetz of BAR-BRI.  If you are interested in signing up for the class, please email Stephanie at In your email, include the state bar exam you are planning to sit for and what your concerns are regarding studying for the bar exam.

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.

Tulane National Baseball Arbitration Competition. Several members of Chicago-Kent's Sports and Entertainment Law Society competed in the 6th Annual Tulane National Baseball Arbitration Competition on January 24 and 25. Contratulations to Alex Reich, Lee Oliff, and Brian Crump, who placed third out of 40 teams in the tournament. The competition, held at Tulane University Law School, tests students' abilities to represent clients in salary arbitration through oral arguments and written briefs.  This was Chicago-Kent's second year competing in the tournament.

Writing Contests. This is a reminder that a separate section of the Record provides information about writing contests open to law students. Many contests allow students to submit papers written for class. This can be a great way of earning a nice credential, and many of the contests have monetary or other prizes.

Joke of the Week. Question: What do you get from a pampered cow? Answer: Spoiled milk!


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