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Week of May 22 & 29, 2017

OFFICE HOURS -

First week of classes: M-R 8:30am to 6pm and Friday 8:30am to 5pm.

Summer Hours: Beginning Tuesday, May 30th

Monday - Friday: 8:30am to 4:30pm.  If you have any questions regarding your academic records, the Registrar's Office staff will be happy to assist you. You can call us at (312) 906-5080, e-mail us at regq@kentlaw.iit.edu or stop by Suite 220.

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. 

Summer 2017 Registration.

 The registration system has now reopened for Summer 2017 classes. There were no oversubscribed classes, so if you registered during the initial registration period, you were admitted into the classes(es) you registered for.

•Add/Drop Period. The add/drop period for the Summer will extend through Monday, May 29, at 11:50 pm. Unless otherwise noted in the Summer schedule, you may add an open class, or drop a class and receive a tuition refund, through that date. Click here for links to the Summer schedule and the online registration system.

•Loyola and DePaul Courses Available to Chicago-Kent Students. Chicago-Kent has an arrangement with Loyola (Chicago) School of Law and DePaul University College of Law that permits students from each school to register for selected courses at the other schools. Students will pay tuition to their home school, and grades will transfer (not just the credits) and be counted in your GPA. The list of Loyola summer courses available to Chicago-Kent students is available by clicking here. The list of DePaul summer courses available to Chicago-Kent students is available by clicking here. If you are interested in taking one of these classes, please contact me. Please note: These courses may count toward a Chicago-Kent certificate program only with permission of Dean Sowle and the director of the relevant certificate program.

SUMMER 2017 Graduation Application Deadline: May 29th

Applications for Graduation. J.D. students who plan on graduating at the end of the Summer semester must submit an online Application for Graduation form no later than Monday, May 29, 2017. To complete the form, go to Web for Students at https://wfs.kentlaw.iit.edu and click on "Application for Graduation" under "Online Forms" in the lefthand menu. Please complete every field in the form, and click Submit when done. You will receive a confirmation e-mail once a graduation audit has been performed. Please note that any changes you make to your schedule after the audit may affect your graduation requirements. You should check with the Registrar's Office prior to making any changes. Also note that, although the Registrar's Office does conduct graduation audits on all applications, it is your responsibility to make certain all requirements for graduation are met. If you have any questions, please stop by the Registrar's office.

LLM Grad. Application Deadline:
 Students who plan on graduating at the end of the Summer semester must submit a graduation application to the Registrar's Office no later than Monday, May 29, 2017. You are not to fill out the online form through "web for students". You will complete a paper application that is available to you from the Registrar's Office or the OILP office.

PLEASE NOTE: Any LL.M Taxation or Financial Services students who will complete "Independent Research" courses as a final requirement, should fill out an application for graduation form. If you are not taking any courses in summer and plan to graduate in summer, please notify the Registrars Office at regq@kentlaw.iit.edu as soon as possible

Fall 2017 Registration. The Fall 2017 Quick Guide page is available by clicking here (it is also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Fall 2017 Quick Guide link).

Add/Drop Period. The registration system reopened on Thursday, May 4 for students to see what Fall classes they were admitted into, and to make adjustments to their schedules. If you did not register during the initial registration period, you may do so now. You may continue to make adjustments to your schedule until the end of the Fall add/drop period on Friday, September 1, at 11:50pm.

Wait List for Prof. Shapiro's Section of Constitutional Law. Although we do not keep wait lists for most courses (given the way we conduct registration), we are keeping a manual wait list for Prof. Shapiro's Constitutional Law section. If you attempted to register for Prof. Shapiro's section but were closed out, and you wish to be added to the wait list, please email Dean Sowle at ssowle@kentlaw.iit.edu.

Schedule Changes. Please note the following changes to the Fall schedule.

Additonal sections of Legal Writing 3
. We have added two new sections of Legal Writing 3, 431-07 and 431-08. Both sections will meet Mondays, 4:00-5:50pm.

Canceled classes. The following classes have been canceled for the Fall semester.

*The Challenge of Green Energy (289-81 & 922-81) (we hope to offer this class in the Spring 2018 semester).

*Legal Writing 3, 431-54 (Mon/Wed. 7:35-8:30pm).

Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2017 courses will be posted no later than Friday, August 4. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Fall 2017 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Fall 2017 Quick Guide link).

You may ask the bookstore to hold your Fall course materials for you when they arrive, or for an extra fee you may request that the books be mailed to you over the summer. If you would like to take advantage of either of these options, stop by the bookstore before you leave, or call the bookstore at 312/906-5605. In addition, you may order your course books over the Internet by clicking on the Bookstore link on the Current Students page.

Exam Information. Information about Fall exams -- which exams will be fixed, self-scheduled, and take-home, and the dates of fixed exams -- will be provided prior to the start of the Fall semester. (Under our current procedures, we need enrollment information for elective courses before determining which category they fall into.)

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2017 semester who need fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. In addition, if you will be graduating at the end of the Fall 2017 semester, and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contact me by email no later than Friday, September 1, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account. Please note: Financial aid is not available for any courses you take that are not necessary for you to reach the required 87 credits.

•Pass/Fail Limitations. Although there is no overall limit on pass/fail credits, there are two types of limits to the pass/fail credits you can take:

Pass/fail election: Students may elect up to 6 credits pass/fail during their entire time at Chicago-Kent. This pass/fail election applies to upper-level elective courses that normally are letter-graded; classes that are only offered pass/fail do not count toward this 6-credit limit. The following classes may not be elected pass/fail: (1) required courses, including Professional Responsibility; (2) seminars, whether or not being taken to fulfill the graduation seminar requirement; (3) courses that have been designated by instructors as ineligible for the pass/fail election (these courses are indicated on each semester’s schedule of classes); (4) courses that are graded only on a pass/fail basis (as noted above), such as clinical courses, Moot Court, and Law Review; (5) LL.M. courses; (6) Trial Advocacy and Appellate Advocacy courses; and (7) courses taken to fulfill the requirements of any certificate program. Fall pass/fail registration will open shortly before the start of the Fall semester (keep your eye on Dean Sowle’s section of the Record). A student taking a course on a pass/fail basis must earn at least a C to receive a P (Pass). If you pass the course but fail to earn at least a C, you will receive a grade of LP (Low Pass).

Clinic limitation: You may take no more than 24 credit hours toward graduation for the following courses combined: in-house clinical courses, externships, and Business Entity Formation. (Students in the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Program (LADR) and the Criminal Litigation Program are exempt from this limitation.)

UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS

Students will now be able to receive a “plain copy” version of the unofficial transcript from the Registrar’s Office. The Registrar's Office will no longer issue copies of transcripts to students on “official” transcript paper. Transcripts are not emailed!

Each copy of the “unofficial transcript will be stamped “issued to student”.  You may then copy as many of these as you desire.  Official transcripts are issued to: employers, institutions and other entities that require an official copy.

The exception:  if you are required to submit the official copy in a “sealed envelope” as part of an application packet, you must indicate the name of *each recipient on the newly revised transcript request form.  The recipient must meet the requirement of those who can receive an “official transcript”.  Upon verification by the Registrar’s Office, the official transcript will be sent to you in a “sealed envelope” to include with said application packet(s).

*You cannot list your own name as recipient.

Official Student Withdrawal Process.

Students wishing to request a leave of absence from their course of study or complete an official withdrawal from the university should now initiate the process online. To begin the process, log in to the MyIIT portal and under the ‘Academics’ tab, look for the ‘Graduate Academic Affairs’ channel. Chicago-Kent students should follow the ‘I want to take a leave of absence or officially withdraw’ link under the ‘Chicago-Kent College of Law’ header.

Questions regarding the leave of absence or withdrawal process should be directed to regq@kentlaw.iit.edu.


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