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Asst. Dean Stephen Sowle

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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.

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. 

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).

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