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Public Safety Notice. We are sharing the following announcement from the Public Safety Department in the wake of a recent incident in the building in which a member of the Law School community was followed and harassed by someone from the general public.  The offender was apprehended and is now barred from the campus:

If you feel threatened by another person in the building, you should immediately go to the Security Desk in the 1st floor front lobby, if you can do so safely, and report the incident.  You can also reach Security by calling 6-5030 from any house phone (located across from the drinking fountains on each floor), or by calling 312-906-5030 from your cell phone (we recommend programming that number into your phone).  Calling 911 is also an option in any situation where you feel concerned for your safety or you feel threatened.  To the extent you can, please note the physical characteristics and clothing of the person so that you can share the information when reporting the incident.

Informational 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 Tuesday, February 21, 4:00-5:45 pm, in Morris Hall (on the 10th Floor). All first-year students are encouraged to attend. We currently have certificate programs in the following areas:

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

There will also be a separate information session for our newest program, Financial Markets Compliance -- see separate announcement below.

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.

-Legal Writing 1 (Prof. Healey): Mary E. LaFleur and Susana A. Sandoval Vargas.

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.

J.D. Certificate in Financial Compliance: Information Meeting.  As announced last month, Chicago-Kent now offers a Certificate in Financial Compliance for J.D. students. The certificate, which is one of the first of its kind in a law school, provides students with substantive knowledge and signals to employers a student’s interest in financial markets compliance. There will be an information meeting about the certificate for interested students on Wednesday, Febrary 15, 3:00-4:00 pm, in Rm. 345.

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.

Lawyers Assistance Program: Office Hours at Chicago-Kent and Other Services. The Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) holds periodic office hours at Chicago-Kent. LAP provides free and confidential assistance to members of the Illinois legal community, including students, and can help you with issues of addiction, stress, anxiety, depression, focusing, worries about the character and fitness process, and having a successful first-year transition. Click here for more information about LAP and the services it provides.

The remaining dates for Spring office hours are:

-Thursday, February 16
-Thursday, March 9
-Thursday, April 20

All office hours are from 10:00-2:00 in Rm. 285 (located in the southeast corner of the second floor; from the second floor atrium, go through the elevator bay and turn right). Walk-ins are welcome, or you can make an appointment by emailing Jamie Dureno at

All discussion is confidential, and there is no record of your visit. The LAP clinician will also have literature and resources on hand to address many ethical or bar application related questions. No member of the Chicago-Kent administration is involved, ensuring absolute confidentiality.

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. LAP also offers a Young Professional and Law Student Support Group on Fridays, 12:15-1:15pm at their Chicago office. 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

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.

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