Fall 2022 Quick Guide

Fall 2022 Schedule and Registration.

Schedule of Classes. The Fall 2022 class schedule is available by clicking here. (For future reference, you can find this Quick Guide page through the Current Students Portal page.)

Wait Lists. We are keeping wait lists for the following oversubscribed classes. If you wish to be placed on the wait list, please email Dean Sowle at ssowle@kentlaw.iit.edu.

-Constitutional Law (275-01 section, Prof. Schmidt)
-Legal Writing 3 (431-02 section, Prof. T. Gonzalez)
-Legal Writing 3 (431-03 section, Prof. Ray)
-Legal Writing 3 (431-04 section, Prof. Silvestri)
-Negotiations (429-81, Prof. E. Brown)

Add/Drop Period. The add/drop period for Fall 2022 opened on Monday, June 6, at 9:00pm. It will end on Friday, September 2, at 9:00pm. If you registered during the initial registration period, please check your registration to see what courses you were admitted into, if you haven't done so since add/drop opened.

Note about the Fall 2022 Term. In accordance with university policy, Fall classes will not be offered in hybrid format. Students who enroll in on-site Fall classes will be expected to attend in person. 

Course Descriptions: available here.

Academic Calendar for 2022-2023: available here.

Change of Division Requests. Students wishing to request a change of division for the Fall 2022 semester (e.g., from evening division to full-time or part-time day division, or vice versa) should contact me at ssowle@kentlaw.iit.edu.

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 Fall semester. We anticipate that exams in most upper-level courses will be self-scheduled or take-home.

Consortium Arrangement. Chicago-Kent has a consortium arrangement with certain other area law schools under which students can take selected courses at the other schools. Under the consortium arrangement, students pay tuition to their home school, and grades transfer (not just the credits) and are counted in your GPA. We do not yet have the lists of classes that will be available to Chicago-Kent students; they will be published here as they become available. Requests for available spaces will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note: Consortium courses may count toward a Chicago-Kent certificate program only with permission of Dean Sowle and the director of the relevant certificate program. 

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. J.D. students graduating at the end of the Fall 2022 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 Fall 2022 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, September 6Important note: Financial aid is not available for any courses you take that are not necessary for you to reach the required 87 credits.

•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 any course taken to satisfy the Professional Responsibility graduation requirement; (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) Trial Advocacy and Appellate Advocacy courses; and (5) 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 my 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 & Transactions. (Students in the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Program (LADR) and the Criminal Litigation Program are exempt from this limitation.)

•Experiential Course Requirement. Students 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.

•64-Credit Classroom Course Requirement. At least 64 of the 87 credits required for graduation must be in courses that require attendance in regularly scheduled classroom sessions or direct faculty instruction. Clinical coursework counts toward the 64-credit requirement, but externships, extracurricular activities (including credits earned for participation in a law journal, moot court competitions, trial advocacy competitions, or as a Teaching Assistant), and courses taken in another academic unit (e.g., the Stuart School of Business) do not count toward the 64 credits.