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Week of February 5, 2018
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Additional Fall 2017 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.

-Comparative Law (Prof. Harding): Brenda A. Capistran and Alexandrina Shrove
-Lawyers as Social Innovators (Prof. Curran): Sarah M. Williams
-Practice & Professionalism (Profs. Katz & Hornsby): Ann M. Alexander

Fall 2017 GPAs and Class Ranks. Cumulative GPAs through the Fall 2017 semester, and class ranks for upper-level J.D. students, are available through Web for Students (click on the "Fall 2017" 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 2017 semester, will receive their first class ranks at the end of the Spring 2018 semester. LL.M. students do not receive class ranks. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Fall 2017 semester are available by clicking here.

Influenza Announcement. (From the IIT Student Health and Wellness Center) Influenza (flu) season is in full swing in Chicago and throughout Illinois. The Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC) sends a gentle reminder to all faculty, staff, and students to stay home and rest should you come down with the flu or have flu-like symptoms. Please help to keep our campus community healthy and safe by staying home, seeing a health care provider as soon as possible, and getting your flu vaccine.

What do FLU symptoms look like?

  • Sudden onset of high fever (101–103 °F)
  • Sudden onset of nausea (urge to vomit), vomiting, and/or diarrhea
  • Body aches and fatigue (tiredness)
  • These symptoms may or may not be accompanied by upper-respiratory symptoms such as a cough, a runny nose, or a sore throat

Stay Healthy!

  • Remember to stay hydrated
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Get plenty of rest (6–8 hours/night)
  • Contact your health care provider or come in to the SHWC (SHWC services are available for all registered students; faculty and staff, please contact your health care provider)
  • Get vaccinated against the FLU
    • The FLU vaccine is available to faculty, staff, and students at the SHWC

Influenza information:  Visit the website maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for up-to-date information about the FLU (

If you have any questions, please contact:

Any SHWC member at 312.567.7550 or

Anita Opdycke, NP-C: Associate Vice Provost for the Student Health and Wellness Center (

Pass/Fail Elections. Pass/fail elections for the Spring semester must be made online no later than Monday, February 12, 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.

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.

Preparing for the Bar: Jump Start Series. Planning on taking the bar exam this summer? Your recall of some core 1L courses may have gotten hazy with time; now’s your chance to get a jump on studying for the bar exam by attending our 1L Course Refresher Series; three of the five sessions in the series still remain. You will hear an experienced 1L professor review the fundamental principles of a 1L topic that is tested on the Multistate Bar Exam and that is also a candidate for the Multistate Essay Examination and the Illinois Essay Examination.

The sessions will be on Fridays from 12:00-2:00pm and will offer both a substantive review of the topic and some sample bar questions. Professor Bailey will conduct the next session in the series with a review of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure on Friday, February 16, at 12:00 noon in Rm. 510. To RSVP for this session, please click here.

The complete schedule of remaining sessions is as follows:

*Criminal Law/Criminal Procedure, Prof. Bailey, Friday, February 16, Rm. 510

*Civil Procedure, Prof. Reilly, Friday, March 23, Rm. 510

*Property, Prof. Baker, Friday, April 27, Rm. C40.

Snacks will be served. Questions? Please contact Prof. Elizabeth De Armond at

July 2018 Illinois Bar Application. Applications for the July 2018 bar exam are due by February 15, 2018. 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:

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 “Certification of Juris Doctorate” 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 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 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 24, 2018. You may register online by clicking here. The deadline for applying for the March exam is February 1 (the late deadline, with a higher cost, is February 8). Students planning on taking the Illinois bar exam may take the MPRE at any time during or after law school (other states may have different rules).

Joke of the Week. "I had a dream I was a muffler. I woke up exhausted." (Thanks to Daniel Wartan for this week's joke.)


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