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Week of April 23, 2007
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Academic Calendar Reminder. Please note the following dates for the closing weeks of the Spring semester:

Last day of classes: Friday, May 4
Read Period: Saturday, May 5 - Tuesday, May 8
Exam Period: Wednesday, May 9 - Friday, May 18

Summer 2007 Registration. Initial registration for Summer 2007 classes is now over. Fortunately, we were able to accommodate all student registration requests -- we did not have to drop anyone from any of the summer courses due to oversubscribed classes.
The registration system has reopened. You may add an open class, or drop a class and receive a tuition refund, through the end of the first week of the Summer term.

Fall 2007 Registration. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2007 semester is available outside the third floor cafeteria and through the main Student Portal page (click on the Fall '07 link). The final schedule and Registration Bulletin will be issued no later than Wednesday, April 25. Registration will take place from Friday, April 27 through Tuesday, May 1. You may register at any time during that period.

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. To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the online registration site on or after Thursday, May 3. 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 Thursday, May 3 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

"Where Do We Go From Here?" Program. This program introduces first-year students to the course requirements after the first year, the certificate programs offered by Chicago-Kent, and clinical, externship, and other program opportunities available to upper-level students. The program will be offered at the following times:

Day Division: Tuesday, April 24, 12:00-1:15pm (Auditorium).
Evening Division: Monday, April 23, 5:00-6:00 pm (Auditorium).

Intensive Trial Advocacy. Please note that registration for both the August 2007 and the January 2008 sessions of Intensive Trial Advocacy take place as part of Fall 2007 registration. See the listing for Intensive Trial Advocacy in the preliminary Schedule of Classes for details.

Graduating Senior Outing to Six Flags. In her capacity as Dean for a Day, Kiran Ali has designated Friday, May 18 for a Class of 2007 Excursion to Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois. Complimentary transportation via air-conditioned motor coach will be provided by Chicago-Kent. Buses will depart from the Law School at 9:00am on May 18 and return from Six Flags at 7:00pm. The cost is $32 per ticket, with a two ticket maximum per student. Please email Denise Lang ( in Dean Sowle's office, no later than Monday, May 7, with your name, and number of tickets desired. Tickets will be distributed during Read Period and Exam Period and may be paid for by personal check or cash. Be sure to reserve today - you don't want this to be another Barrister's Ball situation!

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.

•Exams on Computer Sign-Up: Extended Through Monday, April 23. It appears that an unusually high number of students this semester missed the deadline for registering to take exams on computer. Because of the administrative burden this is causing, we are opening registration back up temporarily. For those who missed the deadline, you may register to take exams on computer through this coming Monday, April 23, at 5:00pm. If you do not register by that time, you will be unable to take your exam on computer.

To register, log into your Webmail account, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the "Register for exams on computer" link on the left-hand menu.

Please note: Registering for exams on computer is separate from installing the SofTest program, which you will need to do if you plan on taking exams on your own laptop. (You don't need to worry about this if you take your exams on a lap computer.) Installing SofTest involves a separate downloading and registration process, and you will receive information about this from the Computer Center. The instructions above relate to registering with Chicago-Kent your desire to take exams on computer, so that we may make classroom and lab assignments for the exam period.

•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, 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.

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 2007 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.

Joke of the Week. "I took up meditation. I like to have an espresso first just to make it more interesting." (Betsy Salkind)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "Immortality," Lisel Mueller.

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