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Week of February 6, 2017
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Additional Fall 2016 CALI Award Winners. Congratulations to the following students for earning a CALI Award this past Fall. The complete list of CALI winners is available by clicking here.

-Advertising and Marketing Law (Profs. Gordon & Newman): Nirupa A. Kartha
-Ethics and Advocacy (Profs. Erickson & Telisman): Margaret A. Wojkowski
-Legal Writing 3 (Prof. Boulware): Jessabelle Maxilom and Philip Vieira
-Pretrial LItigation (Prof. Gonzalez): Stephanie A. Gerstetter and Carly E. Kenny
-Torts (Prof. Wright) (day section): Samuel M. Paullin, Rebecca O. Spira
-Torts (Prof. Wright) (evening section): Christine Dulaney
-Trial Advocacy 2 (Prof. McKay): Warren J. Fasone

Fall 2016 GPAs and Class Ranks.
Cumulative GPAs through the Fall 2016 semester, and class ranks for upper-level J.D. students, are available through Web for Students (click on the "Fall 2016" link under "Grades and Rank" in 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 2016 semester, will receive their first class ranks at the end of the Spring 2017 semester. LL.M. students do not receive class ranks. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Fall 2016 semester are available by clicking here.

Pass/Fail Elections. Pass/fail elections for the Spring semester must be made online no later than Monday, February 13, 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.

Study Abroad Information Session for J.D. Students. The Office of International Law and Policy will host a one-hour information session for JD students who are considering studying abroad in Summer 2017 or Fall 2017. The session will be held on Tuesday, February 14, at 12:00 noon in Rm. 355. In case you attended the study abroad information session held in the Fall 2016 semester, this upcoming session will focus more on the process of receiving Chicago-Kent's nomination and gearing up for your semester at one of our partner schools. If you were not able to attend the Fall 2016 session, please review the Study Abroad webpages on the Chicago-Kent website prior to coming to this session. Pizza and soft drinks will be served for interested J.D. students on a first-come, first-served basis.

Forum on Immigration Policy in Transition. Do you want to know more about Trump’s recent executive orders, their impact, and practical guidance? The Immigration Law Society and the SBA Diversity Committee are co-sponsoring an informational lecture on the executive orders, BRIDGE (Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream & Grow our Economy) Act, and volunteer opportunities, on Wednesday, February 8, at 3:00 pm in Rm. 520. Speakers will include: Ruth Lopez McCarthy '09, managing attorney at the National Immigrant Justice Center; Robert Milla '06, Milla & Associates; and Samantha Lloyd '13, RC Immigration. For more information, contact Tasha Kincade at tkincade@kentlaw.iit.edu.

First Defense Legal Aid Panel on CrImmigation Law. First Defense Legal Aid will hold a panel on CrImmigration Law, including Chicago-Kent's Richard Kling, on Friday, February 17, 4:00-6:00 pm, at Elastic Arts, 3429 W. Diversey Ave, #208. Click here for more information on the panel.

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.

July 2017 Illinois Bar Application. Applications for the July 2017 bar exam are due by February 15, 2017. You may file a late application 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 (see information above for how to file one) 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 anticipate taking 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, March 18, 2017. You may register online by clicking here. The deadline for applying for the March exam is January 26 (the late deadline is February 2). Students planning on taking the Illinois bar exam may take the MPRE at any time during or after law school.

Joke of the Week. My friend and I often laugh about how competitive we are. But I laugh more.


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