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Fall 2012 CALI Awards. The CALI Excellence for the Future Award, sponsored by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, is given to the student or students who receive the highest grade in each section of each course. The CALI award winners for Fall 2012 courses are available by clicking here. If a section or a course is not listed, that means the professor elected not to give a CALI award, or we have not yet heard from the professor. Congratulations to all of you who received an award - you should be proud of your achievement.

Fall 2012 GPAs and Class Ranks. Cumulative GPAs through the Fall 2012 semester, and class ranks for upper-level J.D. students, are available 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.

Fall 2012 Class Rank/GPA Cut-Offs. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Fall 2012 semester are available by clicking here.

Information Reception for J.D. Certificate Programs. For students interested in one or more of Chicago-Kent's certificate programs, there will be an informational session on Wednesday, March 6, 4:30-5:45 pm, in the 10th Floor Event Room. Meet faculty and students in the certificate programs, gather information, and have a snack! All first-year students are encouraged to attend. We currently have certificate programs in the following areas:

-Business Law
-Criminal Litigation 
-Environmental & Energy Law
-Intellectual Property Law
-International & Comparative Law
-Labor & Employment Law
-Litigation & Alternative Dispute Resolution (LADR)
-Public Interest Law

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 barprepclass@gmail.com. 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.

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