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Week of June 15, 2020

OFFICE HOURS - CLOSED

Monday - Friday 8:30am to 5:00pm.

PLEASE NOTE: Our office is closed until further notice. Please e-mail us at regq@kentlaw.iit.edu and we wil respond to your request.

Enrollment Verification Certificate (current students only)

This form is the equivalent of an enrollment letter and a letter of good standing. To obtain, do the following:

1. Log in to your myIIT account

2. Go to the academics tab (second tab from the left)

3. Scroll down to the purple tree on the left hand side of the screen

a. Click on the tree

b. Click the "obtain enrollment certificate" link

c. Review and print the certificate

In lieu of completing a deferment form, you can print this certificate out and send to your lender. Or you can have your lender go to ww.studentclearinghouse.org and find your enrollment under Illinois Institute of Technology.

Please note: The National Student Clearinghouse is the official vendor IIT uses to verify all current enrollment.

Fall 2019 Diplomas - In light of the recent virus threat of COVID-19, we, the law school administration, find it advisable to have all graduate diplomas for Fall 2019 mailed at this time instead of having the diplomas picked up individually in our office. You will receive an email asking to verify your current mailing address. Please respond to the email with a legible mailing address. All diplomas will be mailed via UPS with trackable delivery information provided. If you have sent us your mailing address and want to know the status of the diploma mailing, please contact Dean Sowle at ssowle@kentlaw.iit.edu for any updates.

Summer 2020 Term. The course schedule and other information for the Summer 2020 term is available on the Summer 2020 Quick Guide page.

•Add/Drop Period. The Summer add/drop period ends on Tuesday, June 2, at 9:00 pm.

•Pass/Fail Elections. Summer 2020 classes will be graded according to our normal grading rules. If you are taking a class eligible for pass/fail and wish to elect it pass/fail, the deadline for doing so is Tuesday, June 2. 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.

•Application for Graduation for Summer Graduates. [If you are graduating at the end of the Summer term, please complete an Application for Graduation in Web for Students.

Fall 2020 Registration.

Add/Drop Period. The add/drop period for Fall 2020 opened on Monday, June 1. If you did not register during the initial registration period, you may do so now. Please note: Registering for a class during the initial registration period (May 20 - May 26) is not a guarantee that you were admitted into the class. To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the online registration system.

Wait Lists for Certain Courses. Although we normally do not keep wait lists, we have created one for Prof. Schmidt's Constitutional Law section and for the intersessio class, Public Interest Housing Workshop. Those not admitted into Prof. Schmidt's section have automatically been placed on the wait list for the class. If you did not try registering for Prof. Schmidt's class or the Public Interest Housing Workshop during the initial registration period, but would like to be added to the wait list, please email me (ssowle@kentlaw.iit.edu).

Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2020 courses will be posted no later than Monday, August 10. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Fall 2019 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Fall 2019 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 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. J.D. students graduating at the end of the Fall 2020 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 2020 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 Tuesday, September 8Please 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 for Upper-Level Courses. Certain upper-level electives may be taken pass/fail, subject to the limitations described below; required courses, however, may not be taken pass/fail. 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 any course taken to satisfy the Professional Responsibility graduation requirement; (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) Taxation and Financial Services LL.M. courses; (5) 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.)

•Experiential Course Requirement. Students who began in Summer 2016 or later must complete a total of six credits from an approved list of experiential courses (click here for the list). Most students will already satisfy four of these credits through the required sequence of Legal Writing 3 and Legal Writing 4. However, students who opt for the Legal Writing 4 Equivalency Class (see below) should consult the list of approved courses to determine whether the qualifying activity counts toward the experiential requirement. Law Review does not count toward the requirement. 

•64-Credit Classroom Course Requirement. At least 64 of the 87 credits required for graduation must be in courses that require attendance in regularly scheduled classroom sessions or direct faculty instruction. Clinical coursework counts toward the 64-credit requirement, but externships, extracurricular activities (including credits earned for participation in a law journal, moot court competitions, trial advocacy competitions, or as a Teaching Assistant), and courses taken in another academic unit (e.g., the Stuart School of Business) do not count toward the 64 credits.

Spring 2020 Grades. Grades for the Spring semester are due from professors no later than Friday, June 12. We post grades as we receive them. You can access your grades by logging into Web for Students, then clicking on the Spring 2020 link under the Grades and Rank heading. As previously announced, Spring 2020 class ranks will be issued for all students -- including first-year students -- who completed the Spring semester. Grades through the Fall 2019 semester and the January 2020 intersession will be used in calculating ranks. For Spring graduates, the Spring ranks will be used to determine graduation honors. We will process ranks during the week of June 15 and will notify the student community once they are available.

Replacement ID cards - unavailable at this time.

Faculty, Staff and Students will be charged a fee of $20.00 for replacing an ID card.

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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