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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Weeks of August 19, 2013
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General Announcements:

Student Organization Fair.
The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Tuesday, August 27, from 11:00-1:00 (for day students) and from 4:00-6:00 (for evening students) in the second and third floor atriums. All students are invited.

IIT Emergency Notification Service.
The university provides a self-service, web-based, mass notification system, known as iitalert, that enables the university to send instant alerts simultaneously to all students, faculty, and staff, no matter where they are. This system allows IIT to communicate emergency broadcasts and school closings immediately to the individual's cell phone, Blackberry, wireless PDA, text pager, personal email, and/or RSS reader. This system complements IIT's existing communication system (mass email, myIIT portal, IIT Today), allowing the university to reach the IIT community at a moment's notice. Click here to register for iitalert. Registration is easy and takes less than a minute.

Disability Resources.
Chicago-Kent College of Law provides individuals with disabilities reasonable accommodations to participate in law school activities, programs, and services. Individuals with disabilities requiring an accommodation to participate in an activity, program or service (for example, exam accommodations or classroom accommodations) should contact Jenna Abhijeet, Chicago-Kent's Director of Student Services (6-5005 or or office 310A).

Counseling Services.
IIT's Student Health and Wellness Center provides counseling services at the Law School by appointment. To schedule an appointment, call (312) 567-7550. There is no charge for these counseling services.

New Grading Curve for Required Courses. The faculty has adopted a new grading curve for required courses. The new curve allows more grades in certain grade ranges, and increases the maximum percentages in all cumulative grade ranges below A. Click here to see both the new and the old curves.

New Chicago-Kent Law Review Members. I'm happy to report that the students listed below have been invited to join the Chicago-Kent Law Review based on their academic performance, or their successful participation in this summer's write-on competition.

Michael H. Adler Kelly K. Koss
Michael H. Anderson Paulina Lopez Caballero Ferrer
Iman Boundaoui Teri N. McClerklin
Heather N. Collinet Ashley N. Moscarello
Lucas H. Dahlin Matthew Mulroe
Shohreh Davoodi Malinda L. Pileggi
Susan Dewey Jacob Radecki
Melody L. Gaal David S. Repking
Paul T. Geske Kara N. Ryan
Martin D. Gould Eric J. Shinabarger
Ryan P. Hanneken Gabriella Sneeringer
Aon S. Hussain Michael R. Spanel
John Jefferson Richard Wilson
Daniel C. Kirby Jing Zhang
Adrienne N. Kitchen  

Chicago-Kent Master Calendar. The Chicago-Kent Master Calendar is available here; it may also be accessed from the main Chicago-Kent web page. This site includes all events scheduled at the Law School, including student organization events, and the Academic Calendar.

Notice About Recording of Classes. Please do not record any of your classes without seeking permission through your professor. Under Illinois state law, no recordings may be made without the consent of all of those present.

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.

Student Health Insurance. For information about the 2013-2014 student health insurance plan, please see the Student Health Insurance FAQImportant note: IIT now requires students who waive the student health insurance to do so every year. If you are a full-time student and previously waived your insurance, you will need to do so again this year and every year you attend IIT or you will be automatically billed for IIT-provided health insurance. If you have outside coverage, please follow the instructions at this link to waive your insurance coverage.  If you do not do so by September 1, 2013, you will be charged $830 for coverage from IIT for the 2013-2014 academic year. If you are a full-time student enrolled for at least 12 credits, and you do not waive participation in the Student Health Insurance Plan before the deadline, you will be enrolled automatically and billed $890 for annual coverage or $532 for the spring coverage.

As noted above, full-time students are enrolled automatically in the health plan (unless they waive coverage), but only if they are enrolled for at least 12 credits. If you are a full-time student, are enrolled for fewer than 12 credits, and wish to have the student health insurance, you will have to enrol in the plan. Part-time students are not automatically enrolled in health insurance; if you are a part-time student and wish to have the student health insurance, you will have to enroll in the plan.

If you have any questions or problems with respect to student health insurance, contact Jenna Abhijeet, the Director of Student Services, at or 312-906-5005. You can also contact the Student Health and Wellness Center directly at 312-567-7550 or email with questions.

Meditation and Lactation Rooms. There are meditation and lactation rooms located in the Library. For more information, please contact the librarian on duty at the Reference Desk.

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.

Notice to Students in Substance Abuse Recovery (or who want to be). If you are in recovery for a substance abuse problem, or if you are not in recovery but would like help with a substance abuse problem, consider contacting the Lawyers Assistance Program. This confidential program exists to help lawyers, judges, and law students with alcohol abuse, drug dependency, or mental health problems. If you are already in recovery, there are weekly A.A. meetings at LAP's Chicago office on Tuesdays, 12:15-1:15 pm, and Thursdays, 12:15-1:15 pm, , at 20 S. Clark Street, Suite 1820. If you would like to be put in contact with other members of the Chicago-Kent community who are in recovery, call Janet Voss, the executive director of LAP, at 312/726-6607. If you are not in recovery but would like to find out more about what LAP can do for you, call or stop by LAP's office, or go to their web site at

Reminder About IIT's Political Activity Policy. IIT’s General Counsel would like to remind employees and students of the university’s obligation as a tax-exempt entity to refrain from engaging in any partisan political activities. This policy applies to all academic units within IIT, including the Law School. Violation of the prohibition against such activity could jeopardize IIT’s tax-exempt status. While individuals are free to express their opinions and to support political candidates on their own, it must be clear that the individual is acting on his or her own behalf and not on behalf of IIT. In no event may the name, symbols, or resources of the university be used to participate or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to a candidate for political office. Specific examples of impermissible activities include the use of university letterhead, campus mail, or university e-mail accounts to solicit support or contributions for a candidate; using university funds to purchase tickets for a candidate's fund-raiser; and putting campaign posters on university property. If you have any questions or concerns about this policy, please contact Anthony D'Amato, Vice President and General Counsel of IIT, at 312/567-3034.

Smoking Outside the Building. This is a reminder that the City of Chicago prohibits smoking within 15 feet of the building entrance. Smokers should use the designated outdoor smoking area to the east of the building entrance (past the second column). Thank you for your cooperation. 

Furniture in the Classroom. If you have any reason to remove tables, podiums, chairs, or other furniture from classrooms temporarily, please be sure that you return them promptly. Missing furniture can cause serious inconvenience to instructors and students.

Joke of the week. Question: Why does a chicken coop have two doors? Answer: Because if it had four doors, it would be a chicken sedan.

To Entering Students:

Welcome to Chicago-Kent!
For those of you starting your first year, you chose a terrific law school and we are pleased that you are joining our community. You have an exciting several years ahead of you.

What My Office Does.
In my capacity as Assistant Dean for Academic Administration and Student Affairs, I have responsibility for a number of areas that affect your life as a student. I supervise the Registrar's office on scheduling your courses, administering your exams, and maintaining your academic records. I oversee the Student Services office on Orientation, academic and personal counseling of students, and applying the school's academic regulations. More generally, my job is to make sure that your life at the Law School remains as free from administrative hassles as possible. If you think I can be of help, please call me (906-5282), come by my office (320C), or e-mail me ( If I'm not the right person to help you, I should be able to point you in the right direction. My door is open without appointment, so long as I am not otherwise occupied when you drop by.

Orientation Week.
The final schedule for Orientation week will be distributed in the registration packets when you arrive.

Academic Support Program.
You will receive information during Orientation about the Academic Support Program (ASP), which is designed to assist first-year students in developing the skills needed to succeed in law school. One component of the program is weekly small group sessions focusing on skills development in the context of each of your Fall doctrinal courses. We will be sending invitations to selected students before the start of the regular semester to join these sessions. If you do not receive an invitation and would like to petition to join them, click here for the petition form, which should be submitted to Jenna Abhijeet, our Director of Student Services, no later than Tuesday, September 3. Information about the program and study resources is available on the ASP web site.

CTA U-Pass Program.
Chicago-Kent is a participant in the Chicago Transit Authority's U-Pass program. The U-Pass is a discount fare card allowing unlimited rides on all CTA buses and trains. All full-time day students will receive a U-Pass card valid from August 26 (the first day of classes) through December 20 (the end of Fall exams). The CTA is now using a new kind of card (Ventra cards), which you will keep until you graduate (rather than new cards being issued each semester, as in the past). The new cards require activation; instructions will be provided when you pick up your card. You will also be able to use the card during breaks from school by adding money to the card.

The charge for the card will appear on the semester bill for each full-time student. Due to restrictions imposed by the CTA, the program is not currently available to evening students or part-time day students. We will notify first-year full-time students once we have received your U-Passes. For more details, visit the CTA's U-Pass web site.

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 Fall semester. If you are reigstered for fewer than 12 credit hours, you do not qualify for a U-Pass.

To Returning Students:

Welcome Back!
I hope you had an enjoyable summer and that you have a successful and productive year. If you would like to see me with a question, problem, or suggestion, please call me (906-5282), come by my office (Suite 320C), or e-mail me (

Fall 2013 Semester Information. The Fall 2013 Quick Guide page has most of the information you will need in advance of the start of the Fall semester - click here, or go to the Current Students Portal page and click on the Fall 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 and Course Materials.
Not all professors submit initial assignments, so do not be concerned if there is no listing for one or more of your Fall courses.

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

Revised Fall Schedule (with Classroom Assignments).
Classroom assignments will also be posted in the front lobby a few days 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.

Legal Writing 4 Equivalency Classes
Students this semester who are on Law Review, or who are taking Appellate Advocacy (Moot Court Honor Society), Pretrial Litigation, Criminal Litigation 2, or who are doing Judicial Externships, may satisfy the Legal Writing 4 requirement either by taking a regular Legal Writing 4 class in the Spring, or by taking a Legal Writing 4 Equivalency Class this semester. If you take a Legal Writing 4 Equivalency Class this semester, you may take Legal Writing 3 in either the Fall or the Spring. Note: You must register for one of the two sections of Legal Writing 4 Equivalency Class this semester, in addition to participating in the qualifying activity (e.g., Law Review), in order to place out of taking a regular Legal Writing 4 class in the Spring - it is not sufficient just to participate in the qualifying activity.

IP Management and Markets Classes. 
IIT offers a Master's degree in Intellectual Property Management and Markets (IPMM). J.D. students in the Intellectual Property Certificate Program may petition to take one of the following Fall 2013 IPMM courses: IPMM 502, IP Assessment; or IPMM 503, Acquiring IP. Course descriptions are available here. If you are a certificate student and are interested in taking one of these classes, please contact Prof. Ed Lee.

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).

Bookstore Hours

2013-2014 Academic Calendar

Adding and Dropping Courses. 
You may add an open course without special permission until the end of the first week of 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, September 9 (the end of the add/drop period).

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 by Monday, September 9 (the end of the add/drop period). You will not receive a tuition refund, however, if you drop a course after Monday, September 9, at 11:50pm.

Pass/Fail Elections. 
Pass/fail elections for the Fall semester must be made online no later than Monday, September 9. 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.

Spring 2014 Preliminary Schedule. 
The preliminary class schedule for the Spring 2014 semester is available on the Fall 2013 Quick Guide pagePlease note: This schedule is only preliminary; there will be additions to the class list and other changes made before the schedule is finalized. The final Spring 2014 schedule will be issued later this semester, when registration for Spring classes will also take place.

Opportunity to Take Classes at Loyola and DePaul.
Chicago-Kent has entered into an arrangement with Loyola (Chicago) School of Law and DePaul University College of Law that permits students from each school to register for selected courses at the other schools. (This is an extension of an arrangement that we previously had only with Loyola.) 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 this Fall semester; click here for a list of DePaul classes. If you are interested in taking one of these classes, please contact me. Please note: These courses may count toward a Chicago-Kent certificate program only with permission of Dean Sowle and the director of the relevant certificate program.

Full-Time Students Taking Fewer Than 12 Credits. 
Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2013 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 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 contct me by email no later than Monday, September 9, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Fall U-Pass Distribution. Fall U-Passes for upper-level students will take place in the front lobby at the following times:

*Thursday, August 22, 12:00noon - 1:00pm, Front Lobby.
*Friday, August 23, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Front Lobby.
*Monday, August 26, 11:00am - 1:00pm, Front Lobby.

After Monday, August 26, 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 August 26 (the first day of classes) through December 20 (the end of Fall exams). The CTA is now using a new kind of card (Ventra cards), which you will keep until you graduate (rather than new cards being issued each semester, as in the past). The new cards require activation; instructions will be provided when you pick up your card. You will also be able to use the card during breaks from school by adding money to the card.

The charge for the card will appear on the semester bill for each full-time student. If you registered for Fall 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. For more details about the U-Pass program, visit the CTA's U-Pass web site.

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 Fall semester. If you are reigstered for fewer than 12 credit hours, you do not qualify for a U-Pass.

Spring 2013 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 Spring 2013 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.

Spring 2013 Class Ranks and GPA Cut-Offs. The class ranks and cumulative GPAs as of the end of the Spring 2013 semester are available through Web for Students (go to and click on the "Spring 2013 " link under "Grades and Rank" on the left hand menu). For those J.D. students who graduated in May, this information constitutes your final GPA and class rank. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2013 semester are available by clicking here. For those students who transferred into Kent in January, please keep in mind that you will not receive a class rank until you have been here for two semesters.

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 (, phone (312/9096-5282), or by stopping by my office (320C).

Changes in Rule 711. Law students in Illinois may obtain a license under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 711 to perform certain types of legal representation subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Rule. Effective July 1, 2013, students only need to complete 44 credit hours (50% of the credit hours required for graduation) in order to obtain a 711 license (formerly, students were required to complete two-thirds of their required credits). Application forms are available by clicking here

February 2014 and July 2014 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the February 2014 bar exam are due by September 1, 2013 (see below for the late filing deadlines). Applications for the July 2014 bar exam are due by February 1, 2014. You may file a late application for the February bar up to December 31, and for the July bar 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.

Representatives from the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will visit the Chicago area later this semester or early in the Spring semester to answer questions concerning the bar application process. We will announce the date and time once the session has been scheduled.

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.

Bar Exams in Other States. Students who may practice in another state should familiarize themselves with those states' bar admission requirements, registration procedures, and deadlines. In particular, if you may take the New York bar exam, you should read the new admission requirements (including coursework requirements and limitations) adopted by New York in April 2012, available here. We have been informed that students who began their law studies prior to April 2012 are not subject to the new requirements.

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, August, and November each year. The next exam will be given on November 2, 2013. You may register online by going to The deadline for applying for the November exam is September 10 (the late deadline is September 26). 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.)


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