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Week of October 31, 2005
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Notice About November 4 MPRE Exam. We have been informed that the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) on November 4 is scheduled to be administered at the Congress Plaza Hotel, which is being picketed by striking workers. Strike organizers advise us that the picket line "regularly includes chanting via bullhorn, handbilling and at times demonstrations." We have expressed our concerns to the National Conference of Bar Examiners, which administers the MPRE, and expect a reply soon. I will post any updates here.

Fall 2005 Final Exams. The final exam schedule for the current semester is linked to this page. 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 (log onto your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Final Exam Reschedule form). The deadline is Friday, November 11. If your request is approved, the Registrar's office will notify you later this semester 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.

New Certificate Program in Public Interest Law.
The faculty recently approved a new Certificate Program in Public Interest Law. The program will be administered by Professor Ronald Staudt as part of the activities of the newly formed Center for Access to Justice and Technology. The certificate requirements include 12 hours of coursework, including two courses that will be new to the curriculum: Legal Writing 4-Public Interest Law, and a new three-credit course titled Public Interest Law and Policy. The Career Services Office will offer a required Career Path Planning process as part of the certificate program. While the program officially launches in Fall 2006, look for announcements of meetings and presentations introducing the program to students over the next few months.

ASP Workshop: Preparing for and Taking Exams.
The Academic Support Program will present its final Fall workshop on Tuesday, November 8, 12:00-1:00 pm, in Rm. 590 (for day students) and Wednesday, November 9, 5:00-5:45 pm, in Rm 590 (for evening students). This workshop will focus on strategies for preparing for and taking exams and will feature comments from both the faculty and student perspectives. Although the workshop is mainly aimed at first-year students, all students are welcome to attend. If you are unable to attend but would like to see a videotape of the program, contact Jamie Lake (e-mail: JLAKE). For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web page.

Joke of the Week. Why can't a scientist tell a joke timing.

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "I Died for Beauty," by Emily Dickinson.
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