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Week of April 2, 2007
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Academic Calendar Reminder. All Law School classes are canceled on Friday, April 6, for Good Friday.

Early Bird Bar Preparation Program. BAR/BRI will present four free lectures to all third-year and fourth-year students. You do not need to be signed up for the regular BAR/BRI program to attend these lectures. The first lecture, presented by Prof. Conviser, will be an overview of the bar exam and will help demystify the exam and preparation process. Prof. Conviser will also discuss (and try to allay concerns about) upcoming changes to the essay portion of the Illinois bar exam. The Saturday lectures will cover three topics on the Illinois bar exam – Equity, Secured Transactions, and Evidence. These lectures are not meant to replace a commercial bar course, but are meant as a way to jump start the bar exam preparation process.

Tuesday, April 3: Overview of the Illinois Bar Exam (Richard Conviser), 12:45-1:45pm, Auditorium.

Saturday, April 7: Equity (Richard Conviser), 9:00am-12:30pm, Auditorium.

Saturday, April 14: UCC Article 9: Secured Transactions (Michael Spak), 10:00am-12:30pm, Rm. C50. Evidence: Hearsay (Bill Elward), 1:30-4:00pm, Rm. C50.

Bar Exam Preparation Courses. We have a new Bar Exam Preparation web page for students. Please review the site for information on bar preparation courses. Thanks to Gabriela Reyes-Noyola for her work on pulling the information together.

Trial Team Tryouts. Tryouts for the Chicago-Kent Trial Advocacy Team will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 5:30-8:00pm in the Chicago-Kent Courtroom. All students (including first-year students) are eligible. Preparation: Each student should read problem 9.8 (People v. Michael Miller) in Materials in Trial Advocacy. If you do not have a copy of this book, a copy of the problem will be on reserve in the Library. You should be prepared to perform one opening statement (prosecution or defense), a portion of one direct examination of either the victim or the defendant, a portion of one cross examination of either the victim or the defendant, and one closing argument (prosecution or defense). The opening and closing arguments should be about 5 minutes each; the direct and cross examinations should be about 3-5 minutes each.

Summer 2007 Schedule. The Summer 2007 schedule of classes and Registration Bulletin will be available outside the third floor cafeteria and through the Student Portal web page on Wednesday, April 4.

Spring 2007 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.

•Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests: April 3-April 16. The Student Handbook requires that you take your final exams at the times scheduled unless you have an exam conflict (as defined below), or you have a "serious illness or other extraordinary or compelling reason" beyond your control. If you have an exam conflict or believe you have other reasons justifying the rescheduling of an exam, please complete the Final Exam Reschedule form. The form will be available beginning Tuesday, April 3. To complete the form, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Final Exam Reschedule form. The deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Monday, April 16, at 5:00 pm. This deadline will be strictly enforced. If your request is approved, you will be notified later this semester of the rescheduled date, time, and location of your exam.

Under current policy, a student is deemed to have an "exam conflict" if the student has two exams at the same time, or has two or more exams within 24 hours (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., or at 6:00 p.m. and 1:15 the following afternoon). A conflict does not exist if two exams are scheduled exactly 24 hours apart (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. one morning and 8:30 a.m. the next morning).

•Exams on Computer Sign-Up: April 3-April 16. Many professors allow students to take their exams on computer (either lab computers or students' own laptops, or both). Registration for taking exams on computer will begin on Tuesday, April 3. To register, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Register for Exams on Computer form. The deadline for registering to take your exams on computer is Monday, April 16, at 5:00 pm. This deadline will be strictly enforced.

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 me if you register 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. (SofTest is the program all students are required to use for taking exams on computer; the Computer Center will email and post information separately about the SofTest program.) Because of limited supply, the Computer Center's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period, including to students who do not own a laptop or are Mac users. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact me to discuss your situation.

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

Change of Division Requests. Students wishing to request a change of division for next academic year (e.g., from evening division to full-time or part-time day division, or vice versa) should consult the instructions for doing so on the Registrar's Record page. The request form will be available beginning Wednesday, March 28. The deadline for submitting the form is Monday, April 16, at 5:00 pm.

Student Services Office Move. The Office of Student Services is now located in Rm. 310A, towards the front of the Alumni Affairs & Development Suite. Please stop by to see Mindi Mysliwiec, our Director of Academic Administration and Student Affairs, in Rm.310A if you have questions or need information on any student services matter.

Joke of the Week. "I didn't invent the hypothetical situation, but let's just suppose for a second that I did." (Auggie Cook)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Landscape With the Fall of Icarus," by William Carlos Williams.


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