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Week of January 15, 2018

OFFICE HOURS

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

NOTE: OFFICE WILL CLOSE FOR LUNCH 1-2PM DAILY.

Spring 2018 Schedule and Registration.

Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The Spring 2018 class schedule and the Registration Bulletin on the Spring 2018 Quick Guide page by clicking here, or by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Spring 2018 Quick Guide link. Print copies are available on the table in the third-floor elevator bay.

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 Spring semester. (Under our current procedures, we need enrollment information for elective courses before determining which category they fall into.)

Intersession classes. Please note that we will have several January intersession classes offered in the week prior to the start of the Spring semester -- see page 13 of the class schedule for a list of intersession classes. Note: First-year students may not take January intersession classes.

•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. 

•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 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.)

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2018 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 Spring 2018 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, January 30, 2018, 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.

Registration for First-Year Students. First-year Day Division students should register for Civil Procedure, Property, and Legal Writing 2 for the Spring semester. (Please be careful to register for the Civil Procedure and Property classes listed for your current section, and for the Legal Writing section taught by your current professor.) For their fourth course, full-time Day Division students should also register for one of the options listed below. First-year Evening Division students should register for Contracts, Property, and Legal Writing 2.

1L Your Way. For their fourth course, full-time Day Division students should register for Legislation, or for one of the "1L Your Way" choices described below. If you decide to take Legislation, please register for Prof. Shapiro's section if you are in the Legal Writing sections taught by Profs. De Armond, Kries, Schrager, or Streseman; please register for Prof. Sowle's section if you are in the Legal Writing sections taught by Profs. Gentithes, Godfrey, Jacobs, or Johnson.

• The Clinic Rotation (2 credits). We were able to accept all students who applied for the Clinical Rotation. We will notify you prior to the start of registration as to the specific rotations you were selected for.

 An elective class. We have designated certain courses as automatically available for first-year students; see page 1 of the final class schedule for the list. With permission, students may take other electives that fit their schedules (requests should be sent to Dean Sowle). If you take an elective, you will be in class with upper-level students. Upper-level required courses may not be taken (this includes Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility, Legal Writing 3, Legal Writing 4, and seminars). Depending on demand, we may not be able to accommodate all first-year students who wish to take an elective, although we are hopeful there will be sufficient spaces available for all interested students.

To ensure that all full-time first-year students are assessed on a common set of courses, grades for Legislation or for an elective taken its place will not be considered in calculating Spring class ranks for first-year students or for purposes of probation and dismissals, Law Review selections, or merit scholarships for first-year students. The Clinical Rotation will be graded pass/fail and thus won't count into students' GPA's for that reason. Grades for Legislation and electives will be included in all subsequent class rank calculations.

Applications for Graduation Deadline - January 30, 2018

J.D. students who plan on graduating at the end of the Spring semester must submit an online Application for Graduation form no later than Tuesday, January 30th. 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.

NOTE: Do not submit more than ONE application. If a correction is needed, please send an email to regq@kentlaw.iit.edu

LLM Grad. Application Deadline:
 Students who plan on graduating at the end of the Spring semester must submit a graduation application to the Registrar's Office no later than Tuesday, January 30, 2018 . 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.

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.

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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