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Week of April 16, 2007
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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.

London Law Consortium: Informational Session. Chicago-Kent is a member of the London Law Consortium, a program that provides students at Chicago-Kent and six other American law schools the opportunity to study in London every Spring. If you would like to learn about the program that will be offered in Spring 2008, there will be an informational session on Wednesday, April 18, at 3:00 pm, in Rm. 370. Professor David Rudstein, who has taught in the Consortium program, will discuss the program and answer questions. The program is open to 2Ls, 3Ls, and 4Ls.

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.

Summer 2007 Registration. The Summer 2007 Registration Bulletin, including the Schedule of Classes and information about applying for Summer clinical programs, is available outside the third floor cafeteria. Online versions are also available on the Student Portal page (click on the Summer '07 link near the top), or by clicking here.

Registration for Summer classes will take place from Wednesday, April 11 through Monday, April 16. You may register at any time during that period. To register, go to the Student Portal page and click on the Online Registration link. You can use any computer with Internet access, either inside or outside the Law School.

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. Evening Division students have priority over Day Division students for Summer registration. Within divisions, registration priority is based on anticipated graduation date, with the earliest graduation date having the highest priority.

To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the Online Registration site on or after Wednesday, April 18. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted to the class -- you must check the web site on or after Wednesday, April 18 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

Fall 2007 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2007 semester will be distributed late in the week of April 16 outside the third floor cafeteria; an online version will be available on the main Student Portal page. The final schedule and Registration Bulletin will be issued the following week.

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. Question: What was the name of the heftiest Knight of the Round Table? Answer: Sir Cumference!

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Ox Cart Man," Donald Hall.


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