Associate Dean Sowle's Announcements, March 27 - March 31, 2023

First-Year Day Classes Moving Online for Week of March 27. As announced by Dean Krug, 
first-year day classes are being moved online for the week of March 27 due to the incidents of positive Covid-19 diagnoses among the class. We anticipate that in-person classes for first-year day students will resume next Monday, April 3. As a reminder, anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 should email and copy Dean Abhijeet at

Academic Calendar for 2023-2024. The academic calendar for 2023-2024, as adopted by the faculty, is available here. Please note that the Fall and Spring semesters will end somewhat earlier than usual, as we are moving to 13-week regular semesters from 14-week semesters (excluding read period and exam period).

Revisions to Code of Conduct. As explained in an earlier Record entry, the faculty has been considering revisions to the Code of Conduct in light of advances in generative AI technology. The final revisions, as adopted recently by the faculty, are available here. The revisions go into effect immediately.

Information Session: JD/MBA Joint Degree Program. There will be an information session on Wednesday, April 5, 3:00-4:00pm, in Rm. 170, for students who may be interested in the JD/MBA joint degree program offered by Chicago-Kent and IIT's Stuart School of Business.

Fire Safety Reminders. In the event of a fire, it is vital that we clear the building as quickly as possible. Please keep the following in mind:

Please use the nearest staircase to exit the building, unless the staircase is overcrowded. In that case, please seek out an alternate staircase (there are at least two on each floor). There are maps in the elevator bays on each floor identifying the locations of the staircases. Do not use the elevators.

Once in the staircase, please proceed all the way to the first floor -- do not exit at the third floor in order to use the atrium staircase.

Please do not take time to gather up and pack your belongings -- your safety is more important than your possessions. If you have valuables you do not wish to leave behind, please "grab and go" when you hear the alarm -- do not waste precious seconds or minutes powering down your laptop computer or packing up your belongings.

Once you exit the building, please move either eastward or westward down the sidewalk so that you will be out of harm's way if any windows shatter. For your safety, please do not step into traffic or cross against a traffic light.

Failure to follow the directions of Law School personnel during an evacuation may result in a disciplinary charge.

Program: My Body My Data: Privacy in a Post-Dobbs Landscape. This free program will be held on March 30, 2023, in the Chicago-Kent Auditorium. There will be a panel presentation from 5:30pm to 7:00 pm followed by a networking reception from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. Panelists will include Michelle Wetzel, General Counsel of Planned Parenthood of Illinois; Jay Edelson, founder and CEO of Edelson PC; and Chicago-Kent Professor Elizabeth De Armond. Click here for more information on the program and how to register. 

Program: Navigating an Illinois Real Estate Transaction. ATG Legal Education is offering a free program for law students and new attorneys entitled Navigating an Illinois Real Estate Transaction on April 8, 2023, 8:45am to 1:45pm. The program will be held here at Chicago-Kent and will provide 3 MCLE credits for lawyers who attend. Click here for more information on the program and how to register.

Classrooms for Remote Use. If you are taking an online class this semester, we have reserved rooms at the Law School for you to use if you won't have sufficient time to travel from home to school (or vice versa) in between your online class and an on-site class you have the same day. These rooms will remain the same throughout the semester. Click here for the list. Please note: You will each connect to class individually in Zoom and should have earphones or headphones with you.

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.