Associate Dean Sowle’s Announcements, May 20 - May 24, 2024

UPDATE: The Fall 2024 class schedule is now available on the Fall 2024 Quick Guide page, along with information about registration and related matters.

Summer 2024 Term Information.  Initial reading assignments for Summer 2024 classes; a revised course schedule that includes classroom assignments; and information about pass/fail elections, are available on the Summer 2024 Quick Guide page. The Summer 2024 add/drop period will extend through Tuesday, May 28, at 9:00pm

Spring 2024 Grades. Spring grades are due no later than Wednesday, June 5. Grades are released as they are received. You can access your grades by logging into Web for Students, then clicking on the Spring 2024 link under the Grades and Rank heading. (Reminder: You must use a VPN connection to access Web for Students from outside the building.) After all grades are in, we will process Spring GPAs and class ranks (for those who receive them) as quickly as possible. Please note: Students do not receive class ranks until they have been here for at least two semesters. For students entering in 2022 or after, class ranks are be assigned only to the top half of the class. (See the Student Handbook, section 6.13, for more information.)

Notices to Graduating Students. If you are a May 2024 graduate, please read the information below about your Kent email and network accounts, and your locker. If you have any questions, please let me know.

•Network and Print Accounts. Your network account will be deactivated on August 5 (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Your free printing quota will be reset to zero on Friday, May 10, 9:15pm.

•Email Accounts. Your Kent email address is for life but, 12 months after graduation, it will convert to an email address that you will need to set up to forward to a personal email account. Please click here for more information.

•ID Cards and Library Access. Kent student ID cards will remain active until Monday, August 5 (the first Monday after the July bar exam), and Kent graduates may use the Library for bar exam studying.

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Monday, August 5 (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Anything left in lockers after that date will be removed. If you are unable to clear your locker out by that date, please contact me to make arrangements for your locker contents to be set aside for you. Please note: This applies only to graduating students. If you are not graduating, you do not need to clear your locker out; you will keep your current locker until you graduate.

Fall 2024 Semester. We now expect to issue the Fall 2024 schedule of classes by the end of the week of May 20. Information for first-year students on upper-level requirements and course planning is available below.

Information for 1L Students on Upper-Level Course Selection and Requirements. In preparation for Summer and Fall registration, we are providing a guide we publish annually that provides detailed information on graduation requirements, upper-level course selection, and related subjects. The guide, entitled "Where Do We Go From Here? Information for Students Entering Their Second Year," is available by clicking here.

Dean's Certification Form for Illinois Bar.  We will mail a Dean's Certification form to the Illinois bar examiners for every graduating student after final grades for the Spring semester are received and processed and we can confirm completion of all graduation requirements. We compile the list of graduating students from the list of those who submitted Applications for Graduation listing Spring 2024 as their final semester. Important note: University policy does not allow the certification of any student to the bar examiners if the student has an outstanding balance owed to the school.

Bar Forms for Other States. If you plan to take a bar exam outside of Illinois, please provide me (at with the appropriate form(s) for the Law School to complete as soon as possible.

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, 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 its services.

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