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Student Handbook

Compiled by:
Stephen D. Sowle
Assistant Dean for Academic Administration and Student Affairs
(312) 906-5130 

SECTION I.  REQUIREMENTS FOR THE J.D. DEGREE

1.1   Credit Hours, Time to Complete the Degree, and Grade Point Average Requirements
1.2   Required Courses
1.3   Independent Research in Lieu of a Seminar
1.4   Legal Writing 4 Waiver
1.5   Semesters in Residence
1.6   Studying at Another Law School
1.7   Application for Graduation
1.8   Student Responsibility for Fulfilling Requirements
1.9   Bar Examination Requirements
1.10   Degree with Honors
1.11   The Order of the Coif
1.12   Law Review Eligibility
1.13   Moot Court Honor Society Eligibility
1.14   Intellectual Property Moot Court Eligibility
1.15   Credit for Moot Court Participation
1.16   Certificate in Environmental and Energy Law
1.17   Certificate in International and Comparative Law
1.18   Certificate in Intellectual Property Law
1.19   Certificate in Labor and Employment Law
1.20   Certificate in Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (LADR)
1.21   Certificate in Business Law
1.22   Certificate in Public Interest Law
1.23   Certificate in Criminal Litigation
1.24   Praxis Program
1.25   Joint Degree Programs

SECTION II.  STUDY LOAD, COURSE, AND WORK LIMITATIONS

2.1   Maximum Credit Hours
2.2   Minimum Credit Hours
2.3   Seminar Limitation
2.4   Pass/Fail Election
2.5   Law Review and Moot Court Credit Hour Limitation
2.6   Clinical Courses and Externship Limitation
2.7   Pass-Fail Credits
2.8   Employment Limitation for Full-Time Day Division Students
2.9   Exceptions to Limitations
2.10   Hour Requirements for Financial Aid and Loan Deferment Purposes
2.11   Legal Writing and Academic Support Program Teaching Assistant Limitations

SECTION III.  REGISTRATION PROCEDURES

3.1   Official Registration Required
3.2   Registration Priority
3.3   Sequence of Required Courses
3.4   Registration for In-House Clinical Programs
3.5   Registration for Externships
3.6   Registration for LL.M. courses
3.7   Registration for Independent Research
3.8   Registration for Intensive Trial Advocacy
3.9   Registration for Courses in Another Division
3.10   Adding and Dropping Courses
3.11   Changing Divisions
3.12   Class Attendance in Proper Section
3.13   Auditing Classes

SECTION IV.  WITHDRAWAL AND REENTRY TO THE LAW SCHOOL

4.1   Withdrawal or Transferring From the Law School
4.2   Reentry Before Completion of One Semester
4.3   Reentry After Completion of One Semester, But Before One Year
4.4   Reentry After Completion of at Least One Year

SECTION V.  TRANSFER CREDITS FROM OTHER SCHOOLS

5.1   Procedure for Taking Courses at Another Law School
5.2   Courses at Other Chicago-Area Law Schools
5.3   Credit Hour Limitations for Courses Taken at Other Law Schools
5.4   Credit Hours Required for a Chicago-Kent Degree
5.5   Procedure to Take Non-Law Courses at Graduate Schools

SECTION VI.  GRADING SYSTEM

6.1   Grading Scale
6.2   Computation of Grade Point Average
6.3   Grade of WP (Withdrew Passing)
6.4   Grade of WE (Withdrew Failing)
6.5   Grade of I (Incomplete)
6.6   Grades of P (Pass) and LP (Low Pass)
6.7   Effect of Grades of P (Pass), LP (Low Pass), E (Failure), and WP (Withdrew Failing) on GPA
6.8   Grading Curves
6.9   Anonymous Grading
6.10   Change of Grade
6.11   Deadline for Submission of Grades
6.12   Disclosure of Grades
6.13   Class Rank
6.14   Dean's Honor List
6.15   Transcripts
6.16   CALI Excellence for the Future Award

SECTION VII.  EXAMINATIONS

7.1   In General
7.2   Exam Schedule and Conflicts
7.3   Missing an Examination
7.4   Make-up Examinations
7.5   Student Conduct During Examinations
7.6   Examination Procedures
7.7   Determination of Grades
7.8   Review of Examinations and Other Assignments
7.9   Appeal of Grade

SECTION VIII.  GRADE POINT AVERAGE REQUIREMENTS

8.1   Definitions
8.2   [Reserved]
8.3   GPA Requirements
8.4   Dismissal From the Law School
8.5   Academic Probation
8.6   Effect of Summer Session Grades on the Probationary Semester
8.7   Applications for Readmission
8.8   Repeated Courses

SECTION IX.  CLASS ATTENDANCE

9.1   Class Attendance
9.2   Failure of an Instructor to Appear in Class
9.3   Tape Recording Class Sessions
9.4   Scheduling of Make-up Classes

SECTION X.  FACULTY MEETINGS AND COMMITTEES

10.1   Schedule of Faculty Meetings
10.2   Student Representation
10.3   Publication of Minutes of Faculty Meetings
10.4   Student Representation on Faculty Committees

SECTION XI.  CURRICULAR MATTERS

11.1   Required Courses and Course Descriptions
11.2   Recommended Courses for Upper-Level Students
11.3   Course Prerequisites

SECTION XII.  TUITION AND FEES

12.1   Tuition
12.2   U-Pass Fee
12.3   Student Activities Fee
12.4   Student Insurance
12.5   Change of Program
12.6   Course Materials
12.7   Payment of Charges
12.8   Financial Delinquency
12.9   Dishonored Checks
12.10   Tuition Refund Policy
12.11   Tuition Refund Policy: Special Situations

SECTION XIII.  FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS

13.1   Full-time, Half-time Status for Financial Aid & Deferment Purposes
13.2   Scholarships
13.3   Scholarship Policies
13.4   Outside Scholarships
13.5   Student Loans
13.6   Sandra Baez Emergency Loan Fund
13.7   Summer Loans
13.8   Visiting Another Law School or Visiting Overseas
13.9   Veterans
13.10   Deferments

SECTION XIV.  GENERAL INFORMATION

14.1   Official Notices: Law School Record
14.2   Bulletin Boards and Posting of Notices
14.3   Rule 711 Licenses
14.4   Privacy Rights and Access to Educational Records
14.5   Directory Information
14.6   Reservation of Rooms and Scheduling of Events
14.7   Use of Facilities
14.8   Lost and Found
14.9   Lockers
14.10   Bookstore
14.11   ID Cards
14.12   Parking
14.13   IIT Main Campus Facilities
14.14   Shuttle Bus Service to Main Campus
14.15   Personal Mail
14.16   School Closing Due to Inclement Weather
14.17   Alcoholic Beverages
14.18   Smoking Policy
14.19   Student Complaints
14.20   Escort Service
14.21   Disability Accommodations

SECTION XV.  [Reserved]

SECTION XVI.  ANTI-DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT POLICIES

16.1   Law School Policy on Equality of Opportunity
16.2   IIT Policy on Equality of Opportunity
16.3   IIT Policy on Sexual Harassment

SECTION XVII.  DOWNTOWN CAMPUS LIBRARY

17.1   Library Hours
17.2   General Rules
17.3   Circulation Policies

SECTION XVIII.  CAREER SERVICES

18.1   Policies and Procedures

SECTION XIX.  CODE OF CONDUCT

Art. I   Definitions
Art. II   Prohibited Conduct
Art. III   Law School Discipline Tribunal
Art. IV   Guilty Plea
Art. V   Prehearing Procedures
Art. VI   Hearing Procedures
Art. VII   Appeal
Art. VIII   Maintenance of Records
Art. IX   Exclusivity of This Code
Art. X   Effective Date; Repeal; Savings; Amendments

SECTION XX.  DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE PREVENTION


LAW SCHOOL POLICIES ON EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY

Chicago-Kent College of Law provides equality of opportunity in legal education for all persons, including faculty and employees, with respect to hiring, continuation, promotion and tenure, applicants for admission, enrolled students, and alumni, without discrimination on the ground of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. (See §16.1 of this Handbook.)

In addition, Chicago-Kent College of Law provides its students, alumni, faculty members, law school administrators, and other authorized users of its placement facilities with equal opportunity to obtain employment without discrimination or segregation on the ground of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, handicap or disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Placement facilities and services of Chicago-Kent are available only to employers whose employment practices are consistent with this policy and are similarly non-discriminatory. (See §18.5 of this Handbook.)