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Office of International Law and Policy
Asst. Dean Lydia Lazar

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Headlines for the Week of May 10, 2010

Congratulations 2010 LL.M. Graduates!

Commencement will take place Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 2:30 PM at the UIC Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60608.

Graduates: You MUST Arrive no later than 1:30 p.m. Please go directly to the Graduate Robing Room (to the right after entering the main doors of the Forum) anytime between 12:15-1:30 p.m. to pick-up your name card and to line-up.

Guests: Theater doors open for general seating at 1:30 p.m. and close at 2:20 p.m. Guests who arrive after 2:20 p.m. will be seated after graduates and faculty process. Seating is unassigned and we encourage larger parties to arrive early if you wish to sit together. Guests with special assistance tickets may begin seating at 1:15 p.m.

The ceremony will last approximately 2 hours. A champagne reception will immediately follow. The ceremony and reception typically last a combined total of three hours.

For more information on Commencement, please visit the Alumni website at:

Sixth administrative memo for LL.M. and exchange students.

Please click here for Administrative Memo .

Spring 2010 Exam instructions for 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:

      1. 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.
      2. 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.
      3. 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.

Action Items for LL.M.s and EXC:

*All your exams will be rescheduled for 8:30 AM, on the same day as your current exam. All exam conflicts will be automatically changed in your schedule.  

*We will assume that you intend to take your exams on your own laptop. If you prefer to handwrite your exams, you may change the method by logging into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form. The form is available now in Web for Students; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Friday, April 9, at 5:00 pm.

*If you prefer to take one or more exams on a lab computer, you will need to notify Hilary Waldron no later than Friday, April 9 at noon. Please be specific in your email to Hilary and tell her exactly what you prefer and give her the exam title and scheduled time. Please remember that if you choose to take an exam on a lab computer, you will NOT receive any extra time.

Please log-in to Web for Students (icon is located in the bottom of your Webmail) to view your updated exam schedule after April 9.  If you have any questions or concerns about your exam schedule, please contact Jenna Abhijeet at

Notice about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Computer Center about when and how to do this. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops from the Computer Center: The Computer Center has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. The Computer Center's laptops may be used (subject to availability) if your computer has problems immediately before or during an exam, as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the SofTest program. Because of limited supply, the Computer Center's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period, including to students who do not own a laptop or are Mac users. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Dean Sowle to discuss your situation.

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room.

International Conference on Multiculturalism and Global Community Call for Papers

International Conference on Multiculturalism and Global Community
24-27 July 2010
Tehran, Iran

Culture: Diversity or Integrity

  1.      Multiculturalism and Global Peace
  2.      Asia: Diversity or Unity in Cultures
  3.      Intercultural Dialogue: Approaches and Outcomes
  4.      Media, Communication and Common Good
  5.      Globalization, Religion and Common Good

Islam: New Challenges, New Perspectives

  1.        Islam and the Crisis of Modern Man
  2.        Islam and Other Faiths: Truth or Salvation
  3.        Islam and Woman: Rights and Commitments
  4.        Islam: Traditionalism or Modernism
  5.        Islam and Revivalism: Needs and Necessities
  6.        Islam: Spirituality, Morality and Jurisprudence

Iran: Realities and Appearances

  1.        Iran, Religious State and International Challenges
  2.        Iran and the Middle East
  3.        Iran and New Generation: Gap or Conflict
  4.        Iran and International Society: Contraction or Expansion
  5.        Cultures and Religions in Iran: Heterogeneous or Homogeneous Society

The deadline for submission of abstracts is April 10th. Abstracts must be submitted via email to:

For more information please follow this link:

Scholarship Possibilities for Studying at Leiden Law School, The Netherlands

On behalf of Leiden Law School we would like to draw your attention to the scholarships that you, your colleagues, students or other contacts may be eligible to apply for, should they consider to study on one of our international LLM. programme. Sources of funding include the University’s LExS programme, the Orange Tulip Scholarship China 2010, the Preasidium Libertatis Scholarship, the Orange Tulip Scholarship Taiwan 2010 and the GarantiBank scholarships for applicants from Turkey.

Details of the above and other scholarships can be found at Information

The international LL.M. programmes offered by the Leiden Law School can be found at

Please note: For many scholarships the deadline is 1 March 2010. The Law School also offers support for applicants who need help with their English. The university’s English language requirements stipulate submission of an official English test result of either IELTS, TOEFL or the Cambridge Proficiency test.

Details of the entry level required can be found on

(Please note the entry requirement for our English taught master programmes is IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.)

1 April is the official closing date for completion of applications. For those who will need a visa and/or housing this is especially important in order to ensure that your legal documents are ready and housing is guaranteed for arrival. Last but not least, we would like to let you know that Leiden Law School is currently ranked fifth most popular Law programme in the world, on the well regarded LLM Guide for law students:

We thank you in advance for passing the above information on to interested parties. Yours sincerely, Els Lemaire Sheena Bruce Head – Office for International Education

Email address for correspondence:

Using a Credit Card to Make Tuition Payments: New Rules went into effect in November, 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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