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Week of January 20,2003

 

FALL GRADING DEADLINES

Beginning with the fall term, the faculty approved a policy reducing the length of time that professors have to submit grades. The grade submission deadline is now five weeks from the date of the exam or from the last day of the exam period for non-exam courses. The deadline for all courses is January 25, 2003. Fall semester GPA, class rank, and academic status information will be determined and disseminated as soon as all grades are turned in to the Registrar's Office.

You may check the status of your grades by logging on to the Chicago-Kent Web-for-Students and clicking on the appropriate link. To access the Chicago-Kent Web-for-Students, log on to your webmail account (http://webmail.kentlaw.edu) and click on the icon in the lower right corner of the menu bar.

If you have any problems, please contact the Registrar's Office.

ILLINOIS BAR EXAM INFORMATION

JULY EXAM APPLICATIONS - Applications for the July administration of the Illinois Bar exam are available exclusively on the Bar Examiners web site. The Bar Examiners have instructed us to direct students to their web-site (http://www.ibaby.org) to print and complete the application. There are two parts of the application that must be requested by the student. The Examination Application Card and the MBE card are not available on the web. The Bar Examiners have assured us that applications will not be considered late if those cards do not reach you in time to file with the rest of your application. You should file the application without those items and attach a letter explaining that they will be sent back to the Bar Examiners once you have received them.

Don't forget, the filing deadline for the July exam is February 1, 2003. Applications postmarked after February 1, 2003 will be subject to late fees.

APPLICATIONS FOR 1L STUDENTS - Law student registration applications must be properly completed and postmarked by March 1 following commencement of law school, if you begin law school in the fall.

All applicants for the Illinois Bar Examination are required to file a Character and Fitness Registration Application. This application is commonly referred to as a Registration Application. Registration fees are significantly reduced when the Registration Application is timely filed during your first year of law school.

If you have any questions, please stop by the office, we would be happy to help.

REGISTRATION DEADLINES

You may add an open course without special permission until the end of the first week of Spring classes; during the second week, however, you may add an open course only with permission of the instructor. You may not add a course after the second week of the semester. To find out what courses are open, check the Online Registration system.

You may still drop any course, without penalty, through the end of the second week of classes. If you have any questions, please stop by the Registrar's office.

GRADUATION APPLICATIONS MAY 2003


Students expecting to graduate at the end of the Spring 2003 semester must file an Application for Graduation by January 31, 2003. Upon receipt of this application the Registrar's Office will perform a full academic audit and notify you of any missing graduation requirements. We will NOT certify any student for graduation or to take the Bar Exam without an application.

Applications are available on-line using the Chicago-Kent Web for Students. To access the Chicago-Kent Web-for-Students, log on to your webmail account (http://webmail.kentlaw.edu) and click on the icon in the lower right corner of the menu bar.

PASS/FAIL ELECTIONS FOR SPRING 2003

If you would like to take course on a pass/fail basis, you must notify us of your intent to do so by February 14, 2003. Section 2.4 of the Chicago-Kent College of Law Student Handbook outlines the regulations for pass/fail credit.

2.4 Pass/Fail Election
A student in good standing may elect to take six credit hours on a pass/fail basis in accordance with the limitations of this section, provided that the student designates such an election by the end of the second week of the fall semester, the end of the fourth week of the spring semester, and the end of the first week of the summer session. After the deadline, the student may not convert from the standard grading system to pass/fail. However, a student may revoke the pass/fail election and convert from the pass/fail election to the standard grading system at any time up to the last day of class for the semester or the summer term. A student may not revoke a revocation and re-elect pass/fail after the deadline for making the pass/fail election. No more than six credit hours taken under this election will count toward the graduation credit requirement. A student may submit election forms for up to six hours of pass/fail; forms submitted which will exceed six hours are null and void. If a student goes on academic probation, all pass/fail elections the student made for the probationary semester are nullified.
In order to earn the grade of "pass" in a course for which the pass/fail election has been made, the student must earn at least the grade of C. If a student earns a C- or lower, the student will be awarded the grade of LP (Low Pass); see Handbook 6.6.
The pass/fail election does not apply to: (1) a course required for the degree, including Professional Responsibility; (2) a seminar, whether or not being taken to fulfill the seminar requirement; (3) a course that has been designated by the instructor before registration as unavailable for pass/fail; (4) a course offered only on a pass/fail basis, such as Law Review, Moot Court, and clinical courses; (5) the classroom component of all clinical courses; (6) LL.M. courses; (7) Appellate Advocacy and Trial Advocacy courses; nor (8) any course being taken to fulfill the requirements of any Certificate Program.
A student may not receive credit toward graduation for more than 19 credit hours graded on a pass/fail basis, including courses taken under this election and the courses listed in 2.7. Note: credits for which a student may only receive a pass/fail grade, such as Law Review, Moot Court Honor Society, the fieldwork portion of clinical classes, Independent Research or credits transferred from another law school, do not affect a student's right to elect six hours of pass/fail credits under this section.


To elect a course on a pass/fail basis, you should log on to the Chicago-Kent Web-for-Students and follow the "online forms" link to the pass/fail form. If you have any questions, please contact the Registrar's Office.

To access the Chicago-Kent Web-for-Students, log on to your webmail account (http://webmail.kentlaw.edu) and click on the icon in the lower right corner of the menu bar.

MPRE APPLICATION DEADLINES

The MPRE is the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, a multiple choice examination containing 50 questions, which is produced, marketed, and administered by the American College of Testing (ACT) on behalf of the NCBE three times each calendar year (March, August, and November). The test is designed to measure the examinee's knowledge of the ethical standards of the legal profession and is two hours and five minutes in length.

Many jurisdictions require bar applicants to write the MPRE. The MPRE is also scored and scaled nationally, although each jurisdiction establishes its own passing score.

Illinois requires a scaled score of 80 or more points on the MPRE. An Illinois applicant must have earned two-thirds of the credits required to obtain a JD degree from his or her law school before sitting for the MPRE; no exceptions to this rule are made.

An applicant need not take the MPRE before writing the bar exam. However, our office must receive satisfactory proof that an applicant has achieved a passing MPRE score before he or she can be recommended for admission to the bar.

The Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam will be administered three times in 2003. The first exam will be given March 8, 2003. The application deadline for this exam is January 28, 2003.

For more information on the MPRE or to register online, visit http://www.ncbex.org/mpre.htm

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