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Headlines for the Week of December 7, 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.

Reminder: Travel Signatures needed.

If you are planning to travel outside of the U.S., you are required by SEVIS to have a travel signature.  To obtain a travel signature on your I-20, please bring your I-20 to the International Center.  The International Center recommends that you bring your I-20 to them at least one week in advance.  Please bear in mind that the end of the semester can be very busy and we advise that you get your travel signature NOW.  The International Center has advising hours at the Downtown Campus on Thursdays from 9:00am-4pm in room 656.  To make an appointment, please call 312-567-3680.

A travel signature is valid for 12 months; however, we strongly advise that you obtain a new signature if the previous travel signature is more than 6 months old.   For more information on travel, please see:

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!

VOICES OF THE FUTURE: Official Newsletter of the Council for American Students in International Negotiations (CASIN)

1. New Website, New Opportunities
CASIN has launched a new website to increase the ease with which members can communicate with each other and share resources. In addition to a sleeker look and feel and more logical organization, the new platform features a blog for discussing CASIN programs, sharing resources, and opining on current events. Poke around at and be sure to register for an account on the blog! Please direct any feedback about the new site to

2. CASIN Board of Directors Elects New Chair
The CASIN Board of Directors elected Debbie Sharnak the new chair in August 2009. Debbie joined the Board in September 2008 and has been the Chair of the Publications Committee and the Nominating and Selection Committee. Elected every six months, the Board Chair is responsible for leading monthly meetings and determining the overall direction of the organization. For any questions about the workings of the Board, or to welcome her to her new position, please e-mail

Apply to Become a Member of the Board
Dedicated CASIN members are encouraged to apply for a seat on the CASIN Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is the executive body of the organization, charged with hiring hiring officers and staff and coordinating various program areas. To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume to

3. Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights Law to Be Indexed in Westlaw
IJHRL tracks trends in human rights scholarship from a variety of fields, and Volume 3 breaks new ground in the areas of the right to information, the responsibility to protect, universal jurisdiction for genocide, and the right to asylum. CASIN has recently reached agreement with Thomson Reuters to make IJHRL available through Westlaw, the popular database of legal periodicals. Volume 4: 2009-2010 will be out in January 2010. For the call for papers, call for reviewers, and subscription information, please visit the IJHRL web page.

Subscribe to a CASIN Journal
As a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, sales of CASIN journals go toward supporting our program areas. The journals themselves give American students unique opportunities to work hand-in-hand with top international scholars and explore issues in international law and policy in depth. Print and online access is available to current and back issues for individuals and institutions. To subscribe, please visit the web pages of Eyes on the ICC or IJHRL.

IJHRL: Call for Reviewers
The Advisory Board of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Human Rights Law (IJHRL) is seeking applications for peer reviewers. Applicants should be academicians and practitioners specializing in issues concerning international human rights law. Junior level faculty members and human rights scholars and practitioners are especially encouraged to apply. For more information about the journal and the application process, please visit the IJHRL web page.

4. Become a Member of CASIN

Not a member yet? Membership is free, and not only does it map you into a network of students, professors, and professionals working in international law and international relations, but it entitles you to some great benefits, too.

CASIN is one of few organizations accredited to send students to international conferences. Only CASIN members are eligible to apply to join our delegations to the UN, The Hague, or Geneva.

At CASIN, you don't have to go to Harvard Law School to work on a top legal publication. Editorial positions at Eyes on the ICC and IJHRL are competitive, but since CASIN membership cuts across universities, we're able to draw talent from far and wide.
Signing up takes just a minute, and undergraduates, graduate students, recent graduates, young professionals, professors, and practitioners are all welcome. For questions about membership, please contact

Want to make a donation? We depend upon donations from members and supporters to make our work possible. Donations are tax-deductible, and no amount is too small.

Thank you you for continued interest and support. Please keep in touch!

--The Board of Directors
Council for American Students in International Negotiations (CASIN)

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:

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.

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: 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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