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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Week of January 18, 2016
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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.

The MLK Forum: Civil Rights and the Chicago Police Department.
Please join us on Thursday, January 21, for a forum in honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "The MLK Forum: Civil Rights and the Chicago Police Department" will take place on Thursday, January 21, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the Ogilvie Auditorium, followed by a reception in the lobby. Experts will discuss recent developments and current cases that have polarized the city; the fallout at the Chicago Police Department, City Hall and in Springfield; and the call for reform. The forum is free and open to the public. Click here to register to attend. Two hours of MCLE professional responsibility credit may be earned by attendance at the forum.

Speakers will include Daniel Coyne, Clinical Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law; Martin Gould, Romanucci & Blandin, LLC; David A. Harris, Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh School of Law; Jeanette Samuels, Samuels & Associates, Ltd.; Karen Sheley, American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois; and Matt Topic, Loevy & Loevy.

Chicago-Kent College of Law presents this forum in cooperation with the Office of Institutional Advancement, the Young Alumni Council, Office of the Dean, Office of Diversity, Inclusion, Multiculturalism & Professional Development, Office of Continuing Legal Education, Student Bar Association, Black Law Students Association, Asian Pacific Law Students Association, Hispanic Latino Law Students Association, South Asian Law Students Association, the Federalist Society, and the Constitutional Law Society.

Building Closed on Monday, January 18. Classes will not be held on Monday, January 18, in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Spring semester classes will start on Tuesday, January 19). Because Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is an official university holiday, this also means that the Law School building will be closed on Monday, January 18. Although the building will be open on Sunday, January 17 (9:45-5:30), the Library will be closed on Sunday.

Accessing Your Fall 2015 Grades.
 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. Grades are released as they are received. You can access your grades by logging into Web for Students, then clicking on the Fall 2015 link under the Grades and Rank heading.

Applications for Graduation. J.D. students who plan on graduating at the end of the Spring semester must submit an online Application for Graduation form no later than Tuesday, February 2. To complete the form, go to Web for Students at and click on "Application for Graduation" under "Online Forms" in the lefthand menu. Please complete every field in the form, and click Submit when done. You will receive a confirmation e-mail once a graduation audit has been performed. Please note that any changes you make to your schedule after the audit may affect your graduation requirements. You should check with the Registrar's Office prior to making any changes. Also note that, although the Registrar's Office does conduct graduation audits on all applications, it is your responsibility to make certain all requirements for graduation are met. If you have any questions, please stop by the Registrar's office.

Spring 2016 Semester Information. The Spring 2016 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 2016 Quick Guide link under "Academic & Grades." Print copies of many of the documents described below are available on the table in the third floor elevator bay. Alternatively, click on the individual links below to go directly to the indicated documents.

Initial Reading Assignments
An updated list of initial reading assignments has been posted; assignments were added for Compliance in Financial Institutions; Employee Benefits Law; and Quantiative Methods for Lawyers. Please note: 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, materials for the course should be available in the Bookstore.

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 Tuesday, February 2, 11:00pm.

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 Tuesday, February 2, 11:00pm.

Pass/Fail Elections
Pass/fail elections for the Spring semester must be made online no later than Monday, February 15, 5:00pm. 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 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.

2015-2016 Academic Calendar

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts
Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2016 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 2016 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, January 29, 2016, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Praxis Certificate: Enroll through February 9. [From Prof. Maureen Van Neste:] Are you an upper-class student with at least three semesters of study remaining, and looking for another opportunity to distinguish yourself? Consider enrolling in the Praxis Certificate. The Praxis Certificate is designed for students who are interested in fully embracing a practice or experience-based course of study, including simulation courses, clinics, and externships. In addition to completing 24 credits in approved experiential coursework, Praxis students learn about some of the most important “practice competencies” of successful attorneys, chart their progress toward developing these skills, and learn how to package and market their experience to potential employers. Students may enroll in Praxis concurrently with other Chicago-Kent certificate programs. Online enrollment is required, but does not a commit a student to complete the program. The program is open to all upper-class day and evening students with at least three semesters of study remaining. For more information, or to enroll online, click here. Please contact Professor Van Neste (f/k/a Aidasani) at if you have any questions.

U-Passes for Spring 2016. All full-time J.D. students (determined by your official division status, not by the number of credit hours you take in a particular semester) are enrolled in the U-Pass program, as well as LL.M. students who are registered for 12 or more credits for the Spring. Your current Ventra U-Pass card will be activated to work from Tuesday, January 19 (the first day of the semester) through Friday, May 13 (the last day of exams). If you registered for Spring classes on or after January 4, you will have to contact Jenna Abhijeet ( to arrange for your card to be activated for the Spring semester. If you were absent in the Fall and do not have a Ventra card, please contact Jenna Abhijeet as well.

Academic Calendar for 2016-2017. The academic calendar for next academic year, as adopted by the faculty, is available here.

IIT Policy on Firearms and Weapons on Campus. (From the IIT General Counsel's Office:) In general, carrying or bringing any type of firearm or other weapon in, on or to the campus or property of IIT is expressly prohibited.  This prohibition applies even if you have all of the requisite permits to carry the firearm or weapon, including a concealed carry permit.  The policy expressly defines “firearm,” “weapon,” “campus” and “property of IIT.” The policy does contain a very limited number of narrowly tailored exceptions, such as allowing ROTC to utilize firearms for training and permitting personnel of the Department of Public Safety and on duty police officers to carry firearms.

The link to the full, updated policy is provided below and everyone should familiarize themselves with it, as the policy will be strictly enforced: Concealed Carry and Prohibition Regarding Firearms and Weapons On Campus Policy.

Employment Limitation. Subject to the limitation for full-time first-year students mentioned below, students may work more than 20 hours a week if they take 13 or fewer credits in a regular semester (Fall or Spring). Students are prohibited from working more than 20 hours a week if they take 14 or more credits.

Full-time first-year students are prohibted from working more than 20 hours a week even if they take 13 or fewer credits (e.g., full-time summer-start students, who take only 13 credits in the Fall, are still limited to working no more than 20 hours a week).

Notice About Recording of Classes. Video and/or sound recording of any classroom activities requires the approval of the faculty member in charge of the class, and reasonable notice to all those in attendance. The faculty member in charge of the class is permitted but not required to impose additional reasonable conditions on recording, including, but not limited to, consent of the entire class and a prohibition on posting the recording on the internet or through any forms of social media.

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 (, by phone at (312) 906-5282, or by stopping by my office (320C).

Joke of the Week. "An escalator can never break -- it can only become stairs. You should never see an Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order sign, just Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the convenience." (Mitch Hedberg)


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