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Headlines for the Week of November 16, 2009

Third Administrative Memo for LL.M. and Exchange students

Please click here for Administrative Memo 3.

Exam directions for all LL.M. and exchange students.

Chicago-Kent College of Law provides limited accommodation for non-US law students who are studying in English for the first time, whether they are studying as LL.M. students or as Exchange students. The accommodation consists of the following measures:

a)   Extra time on exams, but only if the student did not take their first law degree in English. LL.M. and Exchange students will have their exams rescheduled for 8:30 am each morning unless you hold a law degree that was taught in English, in which case you will take your exams with the J.D. students.

    1. b) LLM students are permitted the use of a paper English/other language dictionary in all exams, including closed book exams. Laptop or other electronic dictionaries as well as legal dictionaries (e.g. Black’s law dictionary) are forbidden under all circumstances.
    2. c) Students who wish to take their exams on a laptop can do so and still qualify for extra time.  However, students who wish to use a Chicago-Kent computer in a computer lab for their exam will not qualify for extra time.

All your exams have been rescheduled for 8:30 AM.  Please log-in to Web for Students (icon is located in the bottom of your Webmail) to view your updated exam schedule.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Please remember that the law school will be closed on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

December 8: LL.M. holiday and December grad celebration.

All LL.M.s and exchange students are invited to an end of the year holiday social hosted by the OILP on December 8 from 4-6pm in the 2nd floor cafeteria. Celebrate the end of the semester and take a breath before exams begin. We will also say good bye to those LL.M. and exchange students who will be leaving at the end of December!

Using a Credit Card to Make Tuition Payments: New Rules after November 5, 2009

Starting November 5, 2009, students will be required to make tuition payments through a new system called TouchNet/PayPath. More information can be found here: www.enrollment.iit.edu/bursar/touchnet_announcement.html

Please note that there will be an additional service fee of 2.75% added to your tuition bill once the TouchNet system is implemented. To avoid this charge, you must pay your tuition in full BEFORE November 5, 2009. IIT will be using TouchNet/PayPath for student tuition accounts ONLY. IIT and the law school will continue to use the same credit card processors we have used in the past for all other credit card transactions. Therefore, service fees will NOT be added to general credit card transactions outside of student tuition account payments and we/IIT will continue to accept VISA, MC, Discover and American Express as we have done in the past.

Q: For Fall 2009, can I still use my Visa card to make payments to the Office of the Bursar for my tuition charges?
A: Yes. As long as your account balance is paid in full prior to November 5, 2009. Fall tuition payments made after this date will be made via TouchNet PayPath and will be assessed the 2.75% convenience fee.

Q: After November 5, 2009, how can I make payments to the Office of the Bursar without incurring the additional 2.75% charge?
A: Online electronic check payments will remain available at no additional charge. In addition, personal checks, money orders and cash payments will be accepted in person at the cashier’s office.

* Please note that service fees are not considered to as part of a student’s educational expenses, that is, service fees are not permitted to be added to a student’s budget for consideration of additional financial aid.

Q: Will I be able to use Visa for misc. payments made to the university such as parking services, book store purchases, etc.
A: The university will continue to accept visa payments for service not related to your student account. Please note that students electing to have their parking permit charged to their student account will not be able to use Visa cards to pay this fee.

Panel to Discuss Need for Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Rwanda, Congo and the Great Lakes Region in Africa

On Monday November 23 there will be a reception and panel discussion about Rwanda, the Congo and the Great Lakes Region of Africa with Filip Reyntjens, and Paul Rusesabagina, the President of the Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation. Mr. Reyntjens will address the causes, outcomes, and extraordinary human toll of the successive wars in the Great Lakes Region of Africa since the early 1990s. Mr. Rusesabagina will talk about why Rwanda and the Great Lakes Region need a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to create a sustainable peace in the region.

There will be a brief reception from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. in the law school lobby and then the panel discussion in the auditorium from 6:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m with Q&A afterward.

In preparation interested students may wish to review the books cited below.
The Great African War by Filip Reyntjens - Cambridge University Press
www.cambridge.org/uk/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521111287

An Ordinary Man by Paul Rusesabagina
http://us.penguingroup.com/nf/Search/QuickSearchProc/1,,Author_1000068183,00.html

Hotel Rwanda Rusesabagina Foundation
http://hrrfoundation.org

German stipend supported summer program for 2010

There is a new stipend-supported summer program in Freiburg Germany for law students from the US, Canada and the UK. Detailed information is available at: www.daad.org/page/law. The DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Summer Law School offers the unique opportunity to receive intensive legal training at the University of Freiburg, which hosts one of the most prestigious law faculties in Germany. After the one-week seminar, you will spend about three weeks as an intern at a German law firm, court or other legal institution. The Law Summer School placements provide students with the opportunity to work in an international firm or organization, to learn about the daily life of a lawyer, consultant or judge, and to gain confidence in an international environment. Last but not least, the internships are a source of mutual cultural and professional enrichment for both the interns and their hosts.

The program will start on June 14, 2010 with a one-week seminar series on German and European law in Freiburg. After that, students start their individual internships at institutions of their choice.  Eligibility Requirements: To apply for a law internship you must be a law student enrolled at a university in the US or Canada at the time of the internship. Applicants must prove that they have student status at the time of the internship. German language skills are welcomed but are not necessary.  DAAD will provide a scholarship of ˆ650 for the duration of the Summer School. Furthermore, each scholarship holder will receive a lump sum for international travel expenses and a five-day travel card for German Railways. DAAD will also provide health insurance and accident and personal/private liability insurance.

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