Associate Dean Sowle’s Announcements, August 15 - August 19, 2022


COVID-19 Policies and Procedures for Fall 2022. The Law School's current policies and procedures for addressing the pandemic. If you have any questions, please email me at

Counseling Services. This is a reminder that the university provides counseling services free of charge for students. Click here for details on the available resources, including individual counseling through Skylight Counseling Services. In addition to resources available through the university, the Lawyers Assistance Program also provides assistance to law students. LAP provides free and confidential assistance to members of the Illinois legal community, including students, and can help you with issues of addiction, stress, anxiety, depression, focusing, worries about the character and fitness process, and having a successful first-year transition. Click here for more information about LAP and the services it provides.


Welcome to Chicago-Kent! For those of you starting your first year, you chose a terrific law school and we are pleased that you are joining our community. You have an exciting several years ahead of you.

What My Office Does. In my capacity as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, I have responsibility for a number of areas that affect your life as a student. I supervise the Registrar's office on scheduling your courses and maintaining your academic records. I'm also in charge of academic counseling of students, and applying the school's academic regulations. More generally, my job is to make sure that your life at the Law School remains as free from administrative hassles as possible. If you think I can be of help, please call me at (312) 906-5282 or e-mail me ( If I'm not the right person to help you, I should be able to point you in the right direction.


Welcome Back! I hope you had an enjoyable summer and that you have a successful and productive year. If you hve any questions, please email me at

Fall 2022 Semester Information. The current Fall 2022 schedule is available on the Fall 2022 Quick Guide page. This version includes classroom assignments and information about exams.

The Quick Guide page also includes other important information about the Fall semester, including: add/drop period; initial reading assignments; electing pass/fail; submitting applications for graduation; the academic calendar; the experiential course requirement and the 64-credit classroom course requirement; and taking reduced loads or extra credits.

Spring 2022 GPAs, Class Ranks, and GPA Cut-Offs. Cumulative GPAs through the Spring 2022 semester, and Spring 2022 class ranks for J.D. students, are now available through Web for Students -- click on the "Spring 2022" link under "Grades and Rank" in the leftside menu. (Students who graduated in the Fall or last Summer will find their final class rank under the Fall 2021 or Summer 2021 links.) Class ranks are based on cumulative (not just Spring semester) GPA.

For J.D. students who just graduated, this information constitutes your final GPA and class rank. 

For first-year full-time J.D. students, the cumulative GPA for you in Web for Students includes all of your coursework through the end of the Spring semester. However, as previously announced, class ranks were determined using an alternate GPA calculation excluding Legislation or any elective course taken, in order to ensure that all first-year full-time students were assessed on a common set of courses for purposes of class rank. Likewise, probation and dismissal decisions, eligibility for Law Review, and eligibility for merit scholarships are based on first-year performance excluding Legislation or any elective course taken.

For J.D. students who transferred into Kent in January, please keep in mind that you will not receive a class rank until you have been here for two semesters.

The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2022 semester are available by clicking here

Spring 2022 CALI Awards. The CALI Excellence for the Future Award, sponsored by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, is given to the student or students who receive the highest grade in each section of each course. The CALI award recipients for Spring 2022 courses are available by clicking here. If a section or a course is not listed, that means the professor elected not to give a CALI award, or we have not yet heard from the professor. Congratulations to all of you who received an award -- you should be proud of your achievement.