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Spring 2017 GPAs and Class Ranks. Cumulative GPAs through the Spring 2017 semester, and Spring 2017 class ranks for J.D. students, are now available through Web for Students -- go to and click on the "Spring 2017" link under "Grades and Rank" in the left hand menu. (Students who graduated in the Fall or last Summer will find their final class rank under the Fall 2016 or Summer 2016 links.) Class ranks are based on cumulative (not just Spring semester) GPA. 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.

GPA Cut-offs: The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2017 semester are available by clicking here

Note to Spring graduates: For J.D. students who just graduated, this information constitutes their final GPA and class rank. Graduating students should wait until later this week if they wish to request transcripts reflecting their class rank and/or graduation honors, as the Registrar's office will be entering that information early this week.

Note to first-year full-time students: If you are a first-year full-time student, the cumulative GPA for you in Web for Students includes all of your coursework through the end of the Spring semester. However, as previously announced, class ranks were determined by excluding Legislation or any elective course taken, in order to ensure that all first-year full-time students were assessed on a common set of courses for purposes of class rank. Likewise, probation and dismissal decisions, eligibility for Law Review, and eligibility for merit scholarships are based on first-year performance excluding Legislation or any elective course taken.

Note about Law Review eligibility: I have sent emails to those first-year students who earned an invitation to join Law Review based on their first-year grades. For first-year full-time students who are considering the summer write-on candidacy program, the minimum GPA of 3.00 for eligibility is based on your grades excluding Legislation or any elective courses taken (as with the class rank calculations). However, because the cumulative GPA published on Web for Students includes Legislation and electives, please contact me if you have any uncertainty as to whether your academic performance qualifies you to take part in the candidacy program.

New Chicago-Kent Law Review Members. I'm happy to announce that the students listed below have been invited to join the Chicago-Kent Law Review based on their academic performance:

Nicole M. Chimienti Jody-Anne M. Maxwell
Brian J. Crush Benjamin A. Rellinger
Patrick T. Demetrio Alexander J. Romano
Samuel W. Dixon Betul Serbest
Christine Dulaney Carl R. Sessions
Margaret Kamm Tamara M. Sonenshein
Sophia Khan Stephen I. Spector
Sylvia Leszanczuk Ashley L. Surinak
Mark A. Magas Nicole M. Young 

Law Review Summer Candidacy Program.  For those interested in Law Review but who did not "grade on" based on their academic performance, the Law Review also holds a Summer Candidacy Program to "write on" to Law Review. Section 1.12 of the Student Handbook explains the eligibility criteria for both grading on and writing on to Law Review. This year’s Summer Candidacy Program will run from Wednesday, June 21 through Wednesday, July 5. For further details, see the message, below, from the Law Review’s Executive Board.

Message from Chicago-Kent Law Review Executive Board. Congratulations on completing the school year. This is a great accomplishment, and you should all be pleased with the progress you have made in your careers.  The Chicago-Kent Law Review would now like to formally invite you to participate in the Law Review's Summer Candidacy Program, which is the process for "writing on" to the Chicago-Kent Law Review.  This year, the Summer Candidacy Program will run from June 21, 2017 to July 5, 2017. (See Section 1.12 of the Student Handbook for eligibility criteria to participate in the Summer Candidacy Program.)

First, we would like to explain a little bit about Law Review, our role on campus, and the benefits that Law Review can offer you.  The Chicago-Kent Law Review is one of our oldest and most prestigious student organizations.  The Law Review compiles, writes, and edits articles spanning across all spectrums of the law, and our publications are shared throughout the nation and the world.  Law Review members will read and edit articles submitted from top legal scholars throughout the world, attend symposiums on Law Review topics, and research and prepare their own articles for publication.

As a Law Review Member, students have a number of unique opportunities, including:

- Access to a wide-ranging Law Review alumni network
- Ability to attend a pre-OCI panel with Law Review alumni who are partners and associates at many top firms in Chicago
- Participation in academic symposia and lectures
- Opportunity to become a published author
- Numerous happy hours, dinners, and an end-of-year banquet

The Law Review will be holding an informational session on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 5:30 pm in Room 270, where members will answer any questions you may have about the Law Review, the Summer Candidacy Program, or the write-on process.  If anyone cannot attend the session, or has additional questions, please feel free to contact Executive Notes & Comments Editor Mike Zolfo at or 630-818-0033.  

Thank you,

The Chicago-Kent Law Review Executive Board

Anthony Joseph, Editor-in-Chief
Collin Pochie, Managing Editor
Mike Zolfo, Executive Notes & Comments Editor

Summer 2017 Exams.

•Exam Schedule. The final exams for the Summer term are listed in the Schedule of Classes available here. You will be notified of the classroom assignments for your exams prior to the start of exam period.

•Exam Reschedule Requests: June 19 - June 23. The Student Handbook requires that you take your final exams 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. If you have an exam conflict or believe you have other reasons justifying the rescheduling of an exam, please complete the Final Exam Reschedule form. To complete the form, log into Web for Students and navigate to the Final Exam Reschedule form in the left-hand menu. The form will be available beginning Monday, June 19; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Friday, June 23, at 5:00 pm. If your request is approved, you will be notified after the deadline about the rescheduled date, time, and location of your exam. Under current policy, a student is deemed to have an "exam conflict" if the student has two exams at the same time, or has two or more exams with starting times less than 24 hours apart.

•Exam Method Registration: June 19 - June 23. Students have two choices for taking most exams: handwriting the exam, or taking the exam on their own laptop computer. Some professors do not permit one or more of these options (e.g., some require all students to hand write the exam).

Assuming your professor has authorized you to take the exam on computer, we will assume you are taking the exam on your own laptop unless you submit an Exam Method form. You need to register your exam-taking method only if you wish to hand-write the exam. Please check with your professor if you are uncertain whether computer use will be permitted for your exam. 

To complete the form, log into Web for Students and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form in the left-and menu. The form will be available beginning Monday, June 19; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Friday, June 23, at 5:00 pm.

Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams after 1982 are available online by clicking here. Exams dating from 1982 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Notices to May 2017 Graduates. If you graduated in the Spring, please read the information below about your Kent email and network accounts, and your locker. If you have any questions, please let me know.

•Email, Network, and Print Accounts. Email accounts: Your Kent email account is for life. You can continue to use your Chicago-Kent email as long as you chose to do so. Network accounts: Your network account will be deactivated on Monday, July 31 (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Print accounts: Your free printing quota was reset to zero on Monday, May 15 (the first Monday after Commencement).

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Monday, July 31. Anything left in lockers after that date will be removed. If you are unable to clear your locker out by that date, please contact me to make arrangements for your locker contents to be set aside for you. Note: This applies only to graduating students. If you are not graduating, you do not need to clear your locker out; you will keep your current locker until you graduate. 

•Student Health Insurance. If you have student health insurance through IIT, your coverage will end on August 11, 2017.

Dean's Certificate for Illinois Bar. We will mail a Dean's Certificate to the Illinois bar examiners for every graduating student after final grades for the Spring semester are received and processed, and we can confirm completion of all graduation requirements. We compile the list of graduating students from the list of those who submitted Applications for Graduation listing Spring 2017 as their final semester. Important note: University policy does not allow the certification of any student to the bar examiners if the student has an outstanding balance owed to the school.

Bar Exams in Other States.  If you plan to take a bar exam outside of Illinois, you should provide the Registrar with appropriate forms for the Law School to complete as soon as possible.

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