SBA Newsletter – Week of April 3


April 3, 2023

SBA is here to keep you connected; please reach out to sba at any time!


Barbri: Chicago-Kent 3Ls – BARBRI is here to help as graduation and the bar exam approach! Each of BARBRI’s three course options (gabriella.viola or by phone/text at (773) 896-3464.


Victoria Percifield, Esq.

Attorney Regional Director for Helix Bar Review – the only not-for-profit bar review in the nation – asks that if you have any questions about our At-Cost UBE or CA Course, the MBE supplement, and free MPRE course to please email her at vpercifield.

Last Day to Register for Helix Bar Review for the July 2023 UBE or CA Course: May 15, 2023. We recommend you register before this date so that you can get your physical books in the mail by the time you begin studying!

Important Bar Exam Dates: Helix UBE or CA July 2023

  • Monday, April 3 is the start of our 16-week program – perfect for the student who will be studying part- or full-time during the bar and wants to get a jump start on his/her/their studies!

  • Monday, May 1 is the start of our 12-week program – ideal for the student who wants a little extra padding when it comes to his/her/their study schedule!

  • Monday, May 15 is the start of our 10-week program – the traditional 10-week program is for students who will be able to study full-time after graduation!

Important PASS Class Dates: Using Helix to study for the July 2023 UBE or CA bar? We have LIVE webinars to help you PASS the bar! Get an in-depth look at the three portions of the bar exam, work on practice questions before bar prep, and get live feedback from your trusted Helix Directors!

  • Saturday, April 29 – MEE or CA Essay Class

  • Saturday, May 6 – MPT or CA PT Class

  • Saturday, May 13 – MBE Class

Kaplan: Kaplan Bar Review offers both live and on demand course options for bar seekers all in one package. With Kaplan Bar Review you receive a full-service bar course that contains over 4,500 MBE questions including NCBE released questions, unlimited essay grading + an essay bank, a pass guarantee or your money back if you do 75% of the course and so many other great features. You can do 100% of Kaplan Bar Review On Demand; or you can attend live streaming lectures at no charge. The lectures are recorded and available on-demand as well. For more information about course options for Chicago Kent students please reach out to sabrina.johnson

Themis: Themis Bar Review is designed to help you pass the bar exam. Using the most current research on memory retention and comprehension, we have built an online, on-demand lecture-based program. Our course offers innovative tools, including an Adaptive Calendar and Study Pacer that, together, help keep your study schedule on track. Pair those with a dedicated Personal Success Team, unlimited essay grading, and dynamic illustrations to reinforce rules and rationales, and you have resources that work for every type of student and every learning style. However you plan to study, you can trust that our transparent, expertly developed methods will help you walk into the bar exam with confidence.

Careers in Estate Planning: Learn more about careers in estate planning, wealth advisory and trust management. This event will take place on Tuesday, April 4th from 12pm-1pm in room C35. Please use the QR Code to RSVP. Lunch will be provided.


C-K Law Group: Work on real client cases under the supervision of an attorney and get law school credit! C-K Law group is now accepting applications for the Summer 2023 semester. The due date for applications is TBD but is normally a few days before registration. For more information and to submit an application, visit our webpage: Applications for the Fall 2023 semester will be available shortly.

Coffee ConneKtions: Coffee ConneKtions is an opportunity for alumni and students to get together and learn more about one another. Additionally, it is a chance for students to learn about the day-to-day life of a lawyer and discuss other pressing questions about the law in an informal setting. Students who wish to participate should sign up here for ONE event with an alum you are most interested in meeting with. Please do not sign up for multiple events or your registration will be deleted. The registrations are first come first serve, but you are welcome to sign up for an alums waitlist. Register here for Coffee ConneKtions

CSO Employer Coffee Breaks:

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Tuesday, April 4, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Join CSO for another Employer Coffee Break on Tuesday, April 4. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) is an independent bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. It is responsible for chartering, regulating, and supervising all national banks and federal savings associations, as well as federal branches and agencies of foreign banks. Stop by to meet with OCC representatives and learn about career options with the federal government as a member of the OCC.

ArentFox Schiff, Tuesday, April 11, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

CSO is excited to welcome representatives from ArentFox Schiff for an Employer Coffee Break on April 11. Stop by to speak with attorneys and recruiters from the firm to hear about their practice areas and opportunities with their summer associate program.

CSO OCI Information Session, Wednesday April 12 at 3:00 pm, Room C50:

If you are a current 1L or 3L Eve student (graduating after May 2024) don’t miss this important session on the OCI process. This session is essential for anyone who wants to know more about the OCI process and recruiting efforts with large law firms.


Got Accommodations? Share your experience with the process! A group of students is evaluating the current accommodations process to look for ways to make it more clear and efficient. We have created a survey, which will be used for academic purposes in Legal Project Management & Legal Process Improvement (LAW-494-81), and your feedback would be very helpful. We appreciate your participation!



JD Certificate Fair: Chicago-Kent offers a wide variety of certificate programs that allow students to focus on a specific area of law or expertise. We invite you to join us at the JD Certificate fair on Tuesday, April 4 from 1:00 – 1:45 on the first floor to hear more about these programs and ask questions of the faculty supervisors and participating students.

Litigation-based Certificate Programs: Students who wish to refine their focus can consider earning a certificate in that area. In addition to many of the other fine programs, applications are now available for:

Litigation and Dispute Resolution (LADR):

Criminal Litigation:

Workplace LADR:

Office of Admissions:


Public Lecture with Professor Richards: The 2022 Roy C. Palmer Prize on Democracy, Civil Liberties, and the Rule of Law was awarded to Neil Richards, Koch Distinguished Professor in Law; Director, Cordell Institute at Washington University St. Louis School of Law, for his book, Why Privacy Matters (Oxford University Press).

The annual prize is to honor a work of scholarship that explores threats to, or supports of, the liberal democratic constitutional order and to encourage and reward public debate among scholars on current issues affecting the rights of individuals and the responsibilities of governments throughout the world.

Professor Richards will visit Chicago-Kent on Wednesday, April 12th. The public lecture will be at 3 pm in the auditorium. Please use this link to RSVP for the public lecture.

Student Volunteers Needed for Commencement: It’s almost time to celebrate our Class of 2023 graduates! Join us as a volunteer at the 2023 Chicago-Kent College of Law Commencement Ceremony:

Date: Sunday, May 14, 2023
Faculty Arrival Time: 1:15 pm
Ceremony Start: 2:30 pm
Location: UIC Dorin Forum – 725 W. Roosevelt

For your wonderful act of service and as a token of appreciation for volunteering, at the time of your commencement you will receive ONE additional ticket. You must complete your full volunteer time slot in order to receive your additional ticket.

Sign up to volunteer HERE by April 5!

What’s Next for 2L’s? Current 2L’s are invited to join CSO for a presentation centered in career planning and moving into year 3. Learn about strategies on how to best position yourself for post-grad employment and success!

Date: Tuesday, April 18

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Room CK20



Mental Health Tip of the Week: Eat Well

We know that there is a direct link between our diet and our physical health, but did you know that there is also a link between our diet and our mental health? The gastrointestinal tract houses billions of bacteria that influence the production of chemical substances that constantly carry messages from the gut to the brain, including dopamine and serotonin. People refer to dopamine and serotonin as “the happy hormones” because in addition to their other functions, they play a role in regulating our moods and emotions. Eating nutritionally dense foods can positively influence the production of these chemicals. On the other hand, when production of these chemicals is negatively affected, your mood might experience the consequences. Maintaining a diet of nutrient-rich foods, can help you have fewer mood swings and an improved ability to focus. Consider adding the following types of food to your diet:

  • Whole foods (foods without preservatives, food colorings and other additives)

  • Fiber (fruits, vegetables, and nutrient-filled carbs like whole grains and beans)

  • Antioxidants (berries, leafy green vegetables, the spice turmeric, and foods with Omega-3 fatty acids, including salmon and black chia seeds)

  • Folate ( such as leafy greens, lentils and cantaloupes)

  • Vitamin D ( exposure to sunlight; mushrooms)

  • Magnesium (cacao nibs, almonds and cashews, spinach and other dark leafy greens, bananas and beans)

  • Fermented foods (sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, tempeh and the fermented drink kombucha)


Quiet Study in Library: As our community returns to in-person study and instruction at the Conviser Law Center, the Law Library, in conjunction with the Student Bar Association, wants to remind students that the Law Library is a quiet study space. Talking is discouraged in open seating areas where, if necessary, conversations should be brief and very quiet. For group study and discussion, the Law Library offers ten study rooms students can reserve at the Service Desk on the 9th floor.

Exit Escort Service: In the evening hours, a Public Safety officer is available to provide a walking escort for those with concerns about their personal safety. This service applies to any location within a two block radius of the Conviser Law Center, including Union Station and many adjacent parking locations. Please see the officer(s) on duty at the front desk, or call the Public Safety number, 312-906-5030. Please also see the below survey!

Student Organizations

Chicago-Kent Law Review Informational Sessions: The Chicago-Kent Law Review’s Summer Write-On Program will be from May 14th, 2023, to May 28th, 2023. More information is forthcoming, but please save the date. We will hold three informational sessions before the Write-On. The sessions will cover the Write-On, general information about Law Review, and some Bluebook basics.

Informational Sessions:

Tuesday, April 11th at 12:00 PM in Room 165

Thursday, April 13th at 1:00 PM in Room 165

Wednesday, April 19th at 8:00 PM via Zoom (Zoom Meeting Link)

If you can’t make it, don’t worry. We will distribute a recording of the session before the Write-On!


Chicago-Kent Law Review: Publication Party & Panel – April 25th! Join Chicago-Kent Law Review for a luncheon celebrating our student publishers. If you’re interested in Law Review, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the publication process and the work you’ll do as a junior associate! Our student publishers have researched and written about various salient legal issues. They are excited to share their work with the CK Community! The event is from 12 pm – 1 pm in Morris Hall. Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP here by April 18th, 2023.


Chicago-Kent Trial Team: Come meet the Chicago-Kent Trial Team, learn more about tryouts, and have a slice on us! We hope to see you there! Questions? Email: cktrialtryouts


ELS Earth Day Fundraiser: Please save the date for the ELS Earth Day Fundraiser, April 21. Please email els for ticket and donation information.


ELS Trivia Night: Please save the date for the ELS Trivia Night, April 5 from 7-9PM at Great Central Brewing Co. The event is sponsored by Kaplan, and all proceeds will go towards the ELS Scholarship fund. To RSVP please email els to secure your $10 ticket and spot. The ticket will get you two free drinks and a small donation towards the ELS Scholarship fund. Looking forward to seeing you there!


Federalist Society:


Kent’s Got Talent:


MCHS Meet-the-Members: Moot Court Honor Society is hosting a Meet-the-Members event this Tuesday, April 4th, for 1Ls. Come grab some free lunch any time between 11:30-1:30 and chat with members about all things Moot Court and your upcoming oral arguments for legal writing! If you’re not able to attend the daytime session in person, we’ll be available on zoom in the evening from 5:30-6:30 PM as well at the following link:


Muslim Law Student Association: We are happy to announce that MLSA is hosting an Iftar (breaking of the fast) event on Wednesday, April 12 at 7 pm. The event is open to all Chicago-Kent students! We welcome all to share this important Ramadan experience with us and enjoy some yummy food from Dawali.

Please fill out this RSVP form and share it with your friends. The hard deadline for this form is Friday, April 7 at 3 pm. The classroom location is TBD. We will share location information with you closer to the event date.

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

Parents and Caregivers of Chicago-Kent (PACCK): Every 4th Monday, PACCK will be hosting a student lunch support hour from 12-2pm in the game room on the fifth floor. Food will be served. All are welcome; however, we highly encourage the attendance of parents and caregivers. Come eat and chat with parents and caregivers as we uplift and support one another. Please know this is meant to be a safe space where you are supported. Spread the word. PACCK specializes in supporting law students who have an extra responsibility of providing care to others. We’d love to see you there.

Sack Supper Stuffing with SBA: Come join the SBA Philanthropy Committee as we make 150 sack suppers for two Night Ministry stops the evening of April 25th. There are two opportunities to volunteer: April 24 from 5-6 pm or April 25 from 11 am to 1 pm. Both sessions will be in the Spak. If you have any questions, please reach out to Janie Sanford at jsanford1.


South Asian Law Student Association (SALSA): SALAAM NAMASTE! Whether you are South Asian or simply a fan of South Asian culture (and food!), S.A.L.S.A. is the group for you! Join us for philanthropy, socials, and networking events. Email: salsa.


SALSA Fireside Chat: Join Us for CHAI, SAMOSAS, and RELIGIOUS LIBERTIES! Come join us on Tue., 4/11, in the afternoon, in-person or by Zoom as we discuss THE FREE EXERCISE OF RELIGIOUS MINORITIES. Register today by email: salsa.


Women in Law (WIL):


Upcoming Events

APRIL 3: SALSA Hindi + Urdu Practice Session

APRIL 4: MCHS Meet-the-Members

APRIL 4: JD Certificate Fair

APRIL 4: CSO Employer Coffee Break w/ the Comptroller of the Currency

APRIL 4: Careers in Estate Planning

APRIL 5: Federalist Society Plea Bargaining Debate

APRIL 5: ELS Trivia Night

APRIL 7: Kent’s Got Talent

APRIL 11: Law Review Informational Session

APRIL 11: SALSA Fireside Chat

APRIL 11: CK Trial Team Info Session

APRIL 11: CSO Employer Coffee Break w/ ArentFox Schiff

APRIL 12: Women Lawyers Panel & Networking

APRIL 12: MLSA Iftar Event

APRIL 12: OCI Information Session

APRIL 12: Public Lecture w/ Professor Richards

APRIL 13: Law Review Informational Session

APRIL 19: Law Review Informational Session

APRIL 21: ELS Earth Day Fundraiser

APRIL 24-25: Sack Supper Stuffing w/ SBA Philanthropy Committee

APRIL 25: Chicago-Kent Law Review Publication Party & Panel

More events may be found on the SBA calendar. Please make sure you are accessing via your Kent email address.

Birthdays & Special Days – April:


Isabelle Abbott, 3L


Brianna DeFrank, 1L

*if you wish to share your special date with the student body, clickhere

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