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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Week of November 22, 2004
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Spring 2005 Registration.
Final Spring 2005 Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The final schedule and Registration Bulletin for the Spring 2005 semester are now available outside the third floor cafeteria. Online versions are also available on the Student Portal page (click on the Spring 2005 link), or by clicking here.

Registration Instructions. Registration will take place Monday, November 22 through Sunday, November 28. You may register at any time during that period. Registration will take place through the Online Registration system (click here and follow the instructions). After the end of the registration period, the registration requests will be processed according to each student's registration priority. In other words, registration will not be conducted on a first-come, first served basis; 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.

Registration for First-Year Students. Although first-year students have set schedules, you still must register for your Spring courses using the Online Registration system. Please be careful to register for the doctrinal classes listed for your current section, and for the Legal Writing section taught by your current professor.

Correction: Gift & Estate Tax: Personal Income Tax must be completed or taken concurrently.

Academic Calendar Reminder.
Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 25, through Sunday, November 28. Classes resume Monday, November 29. The class schedule following Thanksgiving is as follows:

Monday, November 29: Monday classes meet (Labor Day make-up)
Tuesday, November 30: Thursday classes meet (Rosh Hashanah)
Wednesday, December 1: Thursday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)
Thursday, December 2: Friday classes meet, and Wednesday classes starting
4:00 and later meet (Thanksgiving and Rosh Hashanah make-up)

Read period runs from Friday, December 3 to Tuesday, December 7. Exams start on Wednesday, December 8 and end on Friday, December 17.

Fall 2004 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is linked to this page. You will be notified of the classroom assignments for your exams prior to the start of exam period.

Rescheduling Exams. The Student Handbook requires that you take your finals at the times scheduled, even if you have two exams in a row, or one at 6:00 p.m. and another at 8:30 a.m. the next morning. Absent extraordinary circumstances, the only exception is if you have three exams scheduled consecutively (which rarely happens) or two exams scheduled at the same time. If you believe you have an exam conflict or other circumstances justifying the rescheduling of an exam (see Student Handbook sections 7.2 and 7.3), please complete a Final Exam Reschedule form on the Web for Students site (go to https://webmail.kentlaw.edu/exchange/logon.asp, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the appropriate form). The deadline is Friday, November 19. The Registrar's office will notify you of the rescheduled date, time, and location of your exam.

Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library. Exams after 1992 are available online by going to http://library.kentlaw.edu/Services/students.htm, clicking on the Exams Database link on the left, and then clicking on the link indicated there.

Exams on Computer Sign-Up. Many professors allow students to take their exams on computer (either lab computers or students' own laptops, or both). The deadline for signing up to take exams on computer is Friday, November 26. All students should have received an e-mail explaining the procedure for signing up for exams. If you did not receive an e-mail, please contact the Registrar's Office.

Grade Distributions for Spring 2004. The grade distributions for Spring 2004 courses are linked to this page.

CALI Award Winners for Summer 2004. The CALI Excellence for the Future Award, sponsored by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, is given to the student or students who receive the highest grade in each section of each course. The CALI Award winners for Summer 2004 courses are linked to this page. Congratulations to all of you who received the award -- you should be proud of your achievement.

New Smoking Policy for Front of Building. Beginning Monday, November 15, smoking will be permitted in front of the building only on the Jefferson Street side (the west side of the building, away from the lake). Smoking will not be permitted in front of either revolving door or to the east of the doors (toward the lake). Signs have been posted designating the smoking and non-smoking areas. If you witness a violation of the new policy, please inform the security officer at the front desk.

Teaching Evaluations. Teaching evaluations will be distributed in the coming weeks to elicit students' opinions about the quality of teaching at the Law School. Instructors will review the responses to improve the quality of their instruction and courses. The evaluations are also considered as one important factor in tenure, promotion, and compensation decisions for full-time faculty and are used as a factor in determining the effectiveness of part-time instructors. Evaluations are anonymous and will not be available to professors until grades are turned in.

Joke of the week. "I hate it when my foot falls asleep during the day because that means it's going to be up all night." (Steven Wright)

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