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Office of Academic Administration and Student Affairs

Asst. Dean Stephen Sowle

Week of December 10, 2018

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Fall 2018 Final Exams.

•Exam Schedule and Exam Number. To find your Fall exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to the "Fall 2018" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there, along with exam room assignments for fixed exams. Exam period starts on Wednesday, December 12 and ends on Friday, December 21.

Exam Types and Distribution. There are three types of exams:

Fixed Exams: First-year doctrinal courses and certain other courses have fixed exams. Students will report to designated classrooms on specified days and times for these exams. The dates and times are listed on your Exam Schedule in Web for Students (see above).

Self-Scheduled ExamsSelf-scheduled exams are those with time limits less than 24 hours (for example, 3-hour and 4-hour exams) where you are able to choose the date and time to take the exam, within the confines of the exam period. You do not need to preschedule the exam time. Self-Scheduled exams may be picked up outside the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305) as follows: 

Monday-Friday: between 9:00am and 5:45pm

Saturday: between 9:00am and 11:00am

No exams are given on Sunday

Please note: These times are pick-up times, not return times. For example, if you pick up a 3-hour exam at 5:45pm on a weekday, you will have the full 3 hours to complete the exam and must return it by 8:45pm.

You must present photo identification to pick up your exam. Your exam will be time-stamped and you will then proceed to one of the designated Self-Schedule exam rooms to take your exam using the Examplify exam-taking program. Examplify will record a starting time for the exam as well as an upload time for your exam answers. Once you start the exam in Examplify, you must complete the exam. When you have uploaded your exam answers, return the exam questions to the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305).

Further details about the administration of self-scheduled exams will be provided closer to the start of the exam period.

Take Home Exams: Take-home exams are those that allow students 24 hours or more to complete the exam. In some situations your professor may give you the exam during class; in other situations, the exam may be distributed electronically, or you may be required to pick up a physical copy of the exam in person. All submissions of take-home exam answers will be done electronically. Details about distribution and submission will be provided for each exam prior to the start of the exam period. Please note that you do not need to use the Examplify exam software for take-home exams.

To submit a take-home exam, please go to the Take-Home Exam Upload page and follow the instructions.

If you have a take-home exam that must be picked up in person, they will be available outside the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305) during the same hours that self-schedule exams are available for pick-up:

Monday-Friday: between 9:00am and 5:45pm

Saturday: between 9:00am and 11:00am

No exams are given on Sunday

Because no exams will be distributed on Sunday, December 16, you will not be able to pick up a take-home exam on that day, and you should plan accordingly.

The last day of exams is Friday, December 21. If you have a take-home exam that allows you to choose when to take it during the exam period, or a take-home that is due on the last day of exams, please note that all such exams must be submitted no later than Friday, December 21, at 5:45pm. You may not pick up an exam on December 21 and submit it after that date.

Further details about the submission of take-home exams will be provided closer to the start of the exam period.

Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams after 1982 are available online by clicking here. Earlier exams are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Exam Emergencies. If an emergency occurs that may prevent you from taking a final exam, you or someone on your behalf should call Dean Sowle (312/906-5282) or Jenna Abhijeet (312/906-5005) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach one of us, call the Registrar's office (312/906-5080). Do not contact your professor about any problem connected with your exam, as this may compromise your anonymity. Please read Section VII of the Student Handbook, which contains the rules governing exams, exam conflicts, make-up exams, missed exams, and related issues; and review Article II of the Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook. 

•Consulting Laptops/Tablets During Exams. Unless your professor specifically authorizes it, you may not consult materials (notes, outlines, etc.) stored on a laptop computer, iPad, or other tablet computer or electronic device during an open book or limited open book exam; you are limited to consulting print materials authorized by your professor. Please note: This is separate from the issue of whether you may write your exam on your own laptop. The limitation described above applies whether you are writing your exam by hand or on a laptop computer.

•Cell Phones During Exams. You are not permitted to use a cell phone during any exam, including during any restroom breaks. If you have a cell phone with you during an exam, it must be turned off and stored out of sight.

Exams on Computer. Students taking fixed or self-scheduled exams on laptop must download and install the Examplify exam-taking program. (You do not need to use Examplify for take-home exams.) You will receive information from the Information Technology Services department about when and how to do this. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for fixed or self-scheduled exams, you do need to download and install Examplify. We encourage all students to download and "take" a mock exam prior to the start of exam period in order to familiarize yourself with the Examplify program.

Unless a professor specifies otherwise, Examplify is configured to lock students out of other programs and services on their computers for the duration of the exam. This means that, unless a professor specifically authorizes access, students will not have access to notes, outlines, or other materials stored on their hard drive, the network, or the Internet.

The Information Technology Services department (ITS) will provide detailed information on the use of laptop computers during exams. For now, please make a note of the following items:

  • All students have to download the latest version of the Examplify software. Previously installed versions will not work for Fall 2018 exams. You must also re-register the program in order for it to work correctly.
  • The Examplify software is available for download. Click here for instructions.
  • Windows 10, 8, and 7 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams.
  • Support for Windows 7 devices will be discontinued on December 31, 2018.
  • Alternate versions of Windows 10, such as Windows RT and Windows 10S, are NOT supported at this time.
  • Only genuine, U.S.-English versions of the Windows operating systems are supported.
  • Non-Pro Microsoft Surface devices are NOT supported.
  • Examplify does not support tablet devices other than Surface Pro.
  • Virtualized Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), OS 10.12 (Sierra), OS X 10.13 (High Sierra), and OS X 10.14 (Mojave) are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams.
  • A native Mac version of the Examplify exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download.
  • Any individual found to be running an unlicensed or "pirated" operating system on their computer may be declined technical assistance.


To avoid any technical or computer difficulties, please make sure you bring the following items with you to the exam.

  • The contents of your ExamSoft Registration confirmation email

  • Your laptop power cord

  • Note: Use of a standard Ethernet network cable is encouraged in areas where there are ports available.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops: The Information Technology Services department has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. These laptops may be used (subject to availability) if your computer has problems immediately before or during an exam, as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the Examplify program. Because of limited supply, the ITS department's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period, including to students who do not own a laptop. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Jenna Abhijeet (jabhijeet@kentlaw.iit.edu) to discuss your situation.

•Notice to Handwriters. Students who are handwriting an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Handwriters will not be put in a separate room.

Spring 2019 Schedule and Registration. 

Add/Drop Period. The registration system reopened on Monday, December 10, for students to see what Spring classes they were admitted into, and to make adjustments to their schedules. If you did not register during the initial registration period, you may do so now. You may continue to make adjustments to your schedule until the end of the add/drop period on Monday, February 4, at 11:00pm.

•Taking Classes at DePaul, Loyola, and John Marshall. Chicago-Kent has a consortium arrangement with Loyola (Chicago) School of Law, DePaul University College of Law, and John Marshall Law School that permits upper-level students from each school to register for selected courses at the other schools. Students will pay tuition to their home school, and grades will transfer (not just the credits) and be counted in your GPA. The course lists are available on the Spring 2019 Quick Guide page. If you are interested in taking one of these classes, please email me at ssowle@kentlaw.iit.edu. Please note: These courses may count toward a Chicago-Kent certificate program only with permission of Dean Sowle and the director of the relevant certificate program.

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 Spring semester. (Under our current procedures, we need enrollment information for elective courses before determining which category they fall into.)

•Experiential Course Requirement. Students who began in Summer 2016 or later 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.

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2019 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 Spring 2019 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 Monday, February 4, 2019, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account. Please note: Financial aid is not available for any courses you take that are not necessary for you to reach the required 87 credits.

Lawyers Assistance Program: Office Hours at Chicago-Kent and Other Services. The Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) will be holding its final set of office hours at Chicago-Kent on Thursday, December 13, 10:00-2:00, in Rm. 760. 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. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can make an appointment by emailing Jamie Dureno at jdureno@illinoislap.org.

All discussion is confidential, and there is no record of your visit. The LAP clinician will also have literature and resources on hand to address many ethical or bar application related questions. No member of the Chicago-Kent administration is involved, ensuring absolute confidentiality.

If you are already in recovery, there are regular A.A. meetings at LAP's Chicago office and a weekly meeting of the Young Attorney and Law Student Support Group. LAP's offices are located at 20 S. Clark Street, Suite 450. Call or email the LAP office for more information about these meetings (312-726-6607 or gethelp@illinoislap.org).

U-Pass Notice. Your Ventra U-Pass card is effective through Friday, December 21, at 12:00 midnight. Do not discard your Ventra card - you will continue to use the same card through graduation. Assuming you will be enrolled for the Spring semester, your card will become effective again on Tuesday, January 22, the first day of the Spring semester. Note to students taking January intersession classes: Because we must submit uniform dates for all students, U-Passes for intersession students will be effective on January 22 as well, and not during the intersession period.

Students may continue to use your Ventra card during the semester break, but you will need to add funds to the card (as with a regular Ventra card). Go to the CTA's Ventra site for more information on adding funds to your card. For more information about how the Ventra U-Pass functions when school is out of session, go to the CTA's U-Pass site. If you have questions or problems, you may contact Ventra Customer Service at the CTA's Ventra site or by calling 877-669-8368.

The CTA has asked us to remind students that the U-Pass is to be used only by the student for whom it is issued. The card will be confiscated if anyone other than the person appearing in the U-Pass photo is using the card.

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