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Asst. Dean Stephen Sowle

Week of August 29, 2016
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General Announcements:

Academic Calendar Reminder. Classes are canceled on Monday, September 5, for Labor Day. The following hours will be in effect for the Labor Day weekend:

Friday, September 2
Building hours 7:15am - 9:45pm
Library 8:00am - 3:00pm

Saturday, September 3
Building hours 8:30am - 4:00pm
Library CLOSED

Sunday, September 4 & Monday, September 5
Building and Library CLOSED

Student Organization Fair. The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Tuesday, August 30, from 11:30-1:30 (for day students) and from 4:00-6:00 (for evening students) in the second and third floor atriums. All students are invited.

Legal Writing Ethics Guidelines. This is a reminder that the Chicago-Kent Legal Writing Ethics Guidelines apply to all Chicago-Kent students, including students enrolled in first-year and upper-level writing courses (Legal Writing 1, Legal Writing 2, Legal Writing 3, Legal Writing 4, and all seminars). The Guidelines, which address a variety of issues, including plagiarism, are available by clicking here. If you have not reviewed the Guidelines recently, please do so.

Academic Resource Library. The Office of Student Services maintains a resource library of study aids and other materials for first year classes and for many upper-level classes. Students can borrow materials for up to two weeks. This is a great way to preview a study aid before you buy it or do a quick review for a class. If you are interested in borrowing a book or flashcards, please see Jenna Abhijeet in Room 310A. Click here for a list of Subject areas and Book titles. 

Student Health Insurance. You can find information about student health insurance at All students registered for at least one credit hour in the Fall semester (including intersession classes listed on the Fall schedule; but not including Incomplete make-ups) will automatically be billed for student health insurance. This applies to both Day and Evening Division students. The cost for the 2016-2017 academic year will be $1,441 for individual coverage (please contact the Student Health and Wellness Center at 312/567-7550 for information about family coverage). You may waive insurance coverage if you have comparable coverage by filing a waiver form at; the deadline for waiving coverage is September 1. IIT requires students who waive the student health insurance to do so every year. The waiver process goes directly through Aetna Student Health Insurance. (Please note: If you are on an F1 or J1 visa, you will not be permitted to waive the IIT health insurance.) If you do not waive coverage by September 1, you will be billed for the insurance. For more information about the plan, including waivers, go to or call the Student Health and Wellness Center at 312/567-7550.

The health insurance coverage runs from August 12, 2016 to August 11, 2017. You may print your insurance card here. Aetna Student Health has an app that will allow you to have your insurance card and benefit details on your smart device. To access the app, follow the instructions below. Insurance cards will not be mailed out unless a request is made by calling 800-841-3140. (If you have any questions about the app, contact the Student Health and Wellness Center at 312-567-7550 or

  • Download the Aetna App (click here for more information)
  • Register as an Aetna member
  • At the Welcome screen, select ID card information
  • Select member (student or dependent names will appear in drop down)
  • View Card
  • Image of front and back of card appears

Reminder About 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.

Reminder About IIT's Political Activity Policy. (From the IIT General Counsel's Office:) As a tax-exempt entity, IIT is prohibited from directly or indirectly participating or intervening in any campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for elective office, and IIT has an obligation to refrain from engaging in any partisan political activity. Violation of these prohibitions against such activities could jeopardize the university’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. No one should identify himself or herself as an employee of IIT when supporting a candidate. If, when speaking or writing on behalf of a candidate someone is identified as an IIT faculty member or other employee, that individual should indicate prior to any speech or as part of any writing that the comments are personal and not intended to represent the views of IIT. Further, no individual or event may use the name, symbols or resources of the university in any way in connection with any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for political office.

Specific examples of impermissible activities include, but are not limited to (i) using university letterhead, campus mail, telephones or email accounts to solicit support or contributions for a candidate; (ii) using university funds to purchase tickets for a candidate’s fund-raiser; and (iii) putting campaign posters on university property.

Further, until after the general election in November 2014, no political candidate or campaign may use or rent any IIT facilities on any of its campuses. Subject to certain conditions and restrictions, political candidates may be invited to speak at events hosted by the university or a unit of the university.  However, no invitation for such an event should be extended without the extending party first discussing the proposed activity with the General Counsel?s Office to ensure that it complies with applicable laws.

Certain voter education activities, including voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives, are permissible but only if they are undertaken in accordance with applicable rules and regulations and are conducted in a non-partisan manner. Again, before any such activities are undertaken, the initiating party should contact the General Counsel’s Office.

Any questions about this policy should be directed to Anthony D. D’Amato, General Counsel, at 312.567.8821.

Joke of the Week. Why don’t you ever see a hippopotamus hiding in a tree? Because they’re really good at it.

To Entering Students:

Bar Exam and Character & Fitness Requirements. First-year students should familiarize themselves with the bar exam and character & fitness requirements of the state in which they anticipate taking the bar exam. For Illinois, this information is availalbe on the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar website.

Academic Support Program. You received information during Orientation about the Academic Support Program (ASP), which is designed to assist first-year J.D. 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 this week to selected students to join these sessions. Other students may petition to join the sessions by clicking here. Petitions are due no later than Thursday, September 1. Information about the program and study resources is available on the ASP web site.

ASP Workshop: Preparing For and Getting the Most Out of Class. The Academic Support Program's first workshop of the semester will address how to prepare for class effectively and how to get the most out of your classes. The program for day students will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 12:00-1:00 (Auditorium). The program for evening students will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 7:35-8:25 (Rm. 210). All students are invited to attend, but first-year students are particularly encouraged to attend. For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web site.

The remaining workshops for the Fall semester are listed below. Please mark your calendars. (Note: If you started this Summer in Dean Sowle's Criminal Law class, you have already had these workshops, but are welcome to attend again if you wish.)

Outlining Your Courses
Day students: Tuesday, September 27, 12:00-1:00 pm (Auditorium)
Evening students: Tuesday, September 27, 7:35-8:25 pm (Rm. 210)

Preparing for and Taking Exams
Day students: Tuesday, November 8, 12:00-1:00 pm (Auditorium)
Evening students: Tuesday, November 8, 7:35-8:25 pm (Rm. 210)

ID Cards and U-Passes. If you have not picked up your ID card or U-Pass, you may do so in the Registrar's Office on the second floor.

To Returning Students:

Applications for Graduation. J.D. students who plan on graduating at the end of theFall semester must submit an online Application for Graduation form no later than Friday, September 2, 2016. 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.

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 Friday, September 2, 2016, at 11:50pm (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 8 (the end of the add/drop period). You will not receive a tuition refund, however, if you drop a course after Friday, September 2, at 11:50pm.

Pass/Fail Elections. 
Pass/fail elections for the Fall semester must be made online no later than Friday, September 2, 2016. Please review § 2.4 of 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.

Full-Time Students Taking Fewer Than 12 Credits. Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2016 semester who need fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. 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 2016 semester, and you 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, September 2, 2016, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account. Please note: Financial aid is not available for any courses you take that are not necessary for you to reach the required 87 credits.

Praxis Certificate: Information Sessions and Enrollment Instructions for Upper-Level Students: Professor Van Neste will hold information sessions on Tuesday, September 6 at 12:00 noon and Wednesday, September 7, at 5:00 pm for students interested in enrolling in the Praxis Certificate.  Both sessions will be held in Rm. 844. Come learn about the Praxis Certificate and how completion of the program can help you develop vital professional practice skills and stand out to employers.  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 (including this semester). For students who wish to begin the program this semester, you must be enrolled by September 13.  For more information, or to enroll online, visit:  Please contact Professor Van Neste (f/k/a Aidasani) at if you have any questions.

Praxis Certificate: September 13 Fall Kickoff Luncheon. The Praxis Program will hold its fall kickoff luncheon on Tuesday, September 13 from 12 noon - 1:00 pm. The Room is TBD.  A complimentary lunch will be served. This once-a-semester luncheon is mandatory for students enrolled in the Praxis Certificate program, and open to any upper-class J.D. students with at least three semesters remaining who may be interested in enrolling in Praxis. Enrolled Praxis students will receive an invitation by e-mail, and interested students who are not currently enrolled should RSVP by emailing Professor Van Neste at

February 2017 and July 2017 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the February 2017 bar exam are due by September 15, 2016 (see below for the late filing deadlines). Applications for the July 2017 bar exam are due by February 15, 2017. You may file a late application for the February bar up to December 15, and for the July bar up to May 15, 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.

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 familiarize yourself with the coursework, pro bono, and other requirements described on the New York bar examiners' website.

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 Saturday, November 5, 2016. You may register online by clicking here. The deadline for applying for the November exam is September 15 (the late deadline is September 22). Students planning on taking the Illinois bar exam may take the MPRE at any time during or after law school.


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