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Academic Calendar Reminder. Please note the following dates for the closing period of the semester:

Last day of classes: Friday, May 2 (Monday classes meet, King Birthday make-up; Friday classes do not meet)
Read Period: Saturday, May 3 - Tuesday, May 6 
Exam Period: Wednesday, May 7 - Friday, May 16

Summer 2014 Registration. The registration system has now reopened for Summer 2014 classes. There were no oversubscribed classes, so if you registered during the initial registration period, you were admitted into the classes(es) you registered for. The add/drop period for the Summer will extend through Tuesday, June 3, at 11:50 pm -- you may add an open class, or drop a class and receive a tuition refund, through that date. Click here for links to the Summer schedule and the online registration system.

Fall 2014 Registration.

Prelminary Fall 2014 Schedule. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2014 semester is available on the Fall 2014 Quick Guide page. Print copies are available in the third floor elevator bay. Some additions and corrections may be made before the schedule is finalized.

Final Fall 2014 Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The Fall 2014 Registration Bulletin will be issued on Wednesday, April 23. It will contain the final schedule, exam dates, course and exam grids, registration instructions, and academic information and regulations. A preliminary Spring 2015 schedule will also be issued prior to the start of Fall 2014 registration.

Registration Instructions. Registration will take place from Saturday, April 26, at 9:00am through Wednesday, April 30, at 11:50pm. You may register at any time during that period – registration will not be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. After the end of the initial registration period, the registration requests will be processed according to each student’s registration priority. As long as you register during the designated period, you will have an equal chance of being admitted to a class as other students within your registration priority group.

The add/drop period for Fall 2014 will open on Tuesday, May 6, at 9:00am. To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the online registration site on or after Tuesday, May 6. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted into the class – you must check the web site on or after May 6 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2014 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 Fall 2014 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 contct me by email no later than the end of the second week of the Fall semester, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

•Pass/fail Limitations. There are three different types of pass/fail limitations: one for classes “elected” pass/fail; one for clinical classes; and one for overall number of pass/fail credits.

Pass/fail election: Students may elect up to 6 credits pass/fail during their entire time at Chicago-Kent. This pass/fail election applies to upper-level elective courses that normally are letter-graded; classes that are only offered pass/fail do not count toward this 6 credit limit. The following classes may not be elected pass/fail: (1) required courses, including Professional Responsibility; (2) seminars, whether or not being taken to fulfill the graduation seminar requirement; (3) courses that have been designated by instructors as ineligible for the pass/fail election (these courses are indicated on each semester’s schedule of classes); (4) courses that are graded only on a pass/fail basis (as noted above), such as clinical courses, Moot Court, and Law Review; (5) LL.M. courses; (6) Trial Advocacy and Appellate Advocacy courses; and (7) courses taken to fulfill the requirements of any certificate program. Fall pass/fail registration will open shortly before the start of the Fall semester (keep your eye on my section of the Record). A student taking a course on a pass/fail basis must earn at least a C to receive a P (Pass). If you pass the course but fail to earn at least a C, you will receive a grade of LP (Low Pass).

Clinic limitation: You may take no more than 16 credit hours toward graduation for the following courses combined: in-house clinical courses, externships, and Business Entity Formation. (Students in the Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Program (LADR) are exempt from this limitation.)

Overall pass/fail limitation: You may take no more than 19 credits total for all variety of pass/fail classes, including classes you elect pass/fail, clinic classes, and any other pass/fail-only classes. This limitation applies to courses taken with permission during the summer at other law schools (whether here or abroad), but does not apply to courses taken with permission at other law schools during the regular academic year.

"Where Do We Go From Here?": Information for Students Entering Their Second Year. Click here for a guide that provides important information about graduation requirements, upper-level courses, and related subjects.

Spring 2014 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. You will be notified of the classroom assignments for your exams prior to the start of 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. Exams dating from 1982 and before 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 either 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. 

•Take-Home Exams. If you have a take-home exam and it is to be picked up from, and/or returned to, the Registrar's Office, please note the following hours for the Registrar's Office:

Monday-Thursday, 8:30am - 6pm
Friday, 8:30am - 5pm
Saturday/Sundy: CLOSED

Please note: Take-home exams must be picked up and returned in person. You may not have a friend pick up or return an exam for you, and you may not submt a take-home exam to the Registrar by email.

•Consulting Laptops/Tablet Computers 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 lab or 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.

Access to Computer Labs During Exams. Because we use the computer labs during many of the exam slots during exam period, access for other purposes (e.g., printing out papers or exam outlines) is limited. Please keep in mind that there is a printer in the 5th Floor Student Lounge that you can use if the labs are all in use.

Exam Method Notices.

Notice about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Computer Center 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 exams, you do need to download and install SofTest. In addition, you must download the new version of SofTest even if you have an older version from a prior semester. You cannot use older versions of the program - you must have the new version of SofTest.

Unless a professor specifies otherwise, SofTest 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 or the network.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops from the Computer Center: The Computer Center has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. Please contact Dean Sowle if you opt to take an exam on laptop, and your laptop suffers unexpected problems that cannot be remedied before your exam. The Computer Center's laptops also 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 SofTest program. Because of limited supply, the Computer Center's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Dean Sowle to discuss your situation.

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room.

Dean's Certificate for Illinois Bar. We will mail a Dean's Certificate 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 2014 as their final semester.

Bar Exams in Other Jurisdictions. If you plan to take a bar exam outside of Illinois, you should provide the Registrar with appropriate forms for the Law School to complete as soon as possible.

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