Spring 2008 Final Exams.
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.
The period is now closed for requesting an exam reschedule due to an exam conflict
or other reason. We are now processing the requests. If you submitted a request,
we will notify you of our response as soon as possible.
Method Registration. The period is now closed for exam method registration.
About Exam Methods: Assuming your professor has authorized you to take the
exam on computer, our default assumption is that you will take your exams on laptop.
During the exam method registration period, you were able to change this either
to hand writing or lab computer, if you wished. If you did nothing during the
exam method registration period, then you are registered to take the exam on your
laptop computer (assuming your professor authorized exams on computer).
to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will usually be placed
in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers are not segregated
in their own room. We will provide free ear plugs to any hand writers who believe
they may be distracted by the sound of the laptops.
Notice About SofTest:
Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking
program. The Computer Center has emailed information to all students about the
procedures for doing this. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method
Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install
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
opt 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. 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.
to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the
same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in
a separate room. We will provide free ear plugs to any hand writers who believe
they may be distracted by the sound of the laptops.
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
and 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
Summer 2008 Registration. Initial registration for Summer
2008 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.
Due to inadequate enrollment,
we have canceled one summer class -- Water Law (485-081).
Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2008
semester will be distributed late in the week of April 14 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
"Where Do We Go From Here?" Programs: April
22 and 23. 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 22, 1:00-1:50pm (Auditorium)
Evening Division: Wednesday, April 23, 5:00-5:50pm
I.P. Information and Course Selection Program: April 22.
Are you planning on pursuing an IP career? Somewhat mildly curious about what
this “IP stuff” is all about? Wondering if someone without a technical background
can take IP classes or pursue an IP career (the answer to both is “yes”)? If you
answer "yes," or even “maybe,” to any of these questions, then you should
attend the IP class selection program on Tuesday, April 22, 12:00 noon in
At this session, members of Chicago-Kent’s IP faculty
will give a quick overview of potential careers in IP and explain the differences
amongst the various disciplines. They will then go over the slate of IP classes
to be offered in the 2008-09 school year and provide suggestions and strategies
as to which classes to take. So, please plan on attending! Light refreshments
will be served.
Trial Team Tryouts. Tryouts for the 2008-2009 Trial
Advocacy Team will be held on Thursday, April 24, 2008. All interested
students should meet in the Marovitz courtroom (first floor) at 6:00p.m. The only
requirement is that you are a full-time Kent student. First-year students may
try out. This will be an open competition; we will pick 3-6 students to participate.
Both regional competitions will be held the second or third week in February.
The Regionals for the National Trial Competition will be held in Chicago, and
the Regionals for the ATLA Competition will be held in Chicago. The winners of
the Regionals will proceed to the Nationals in March of 2009.
We have assembled
three excellent coaching faculties. The National Trial competition is the largest
trial competition for law schools in the country. It begins with more than 300
teams throughout the nation. Over the last 27 year Chicago Kent has been one of
the most successful programs in the country. Kent has been regional champion 18
of the last 27 years. The national competition is sponsored by the ABA, the American
College of Trial Lawyers, and the Texas Young Lawyers Association.
ATLA competition is the largest specialized bar association competition in the
country. It is also national in scope. Our goal as a faculty will be to provide
the students on both teams with the highest caliber of instruction possible. If
you are selected for a team, you will be asked to commit a substantial part of
your time to practice. Our purpose is to turn you into trial lawyers.
Chicago-Kent will be entering a team in the BLSA Thurgood Marshall Trial Competition.
This competition is also national in scope. We will be selecting four students
for the "Marshall" team at a future date; the details of where and when
are not yet finalized.
During the tryouts, you will be asked to present
up to 3 to5 minutes of an OPENING STATEMENT, CLOSING ARGUMENT and a DIRECT and
CROSS EXAMINATION. We will be using State v. Miller, case file 9.8 in the Mauet
& Wolfson, Materials in Trial Advocacy. The witnesses will be Shirley
Thompson and Michael Miller. Please prepare an opening statement and a closing
argument for one side, not both sides. When you come into the room you will be
asked which side you are doing the opening statement and closing argument for,
as well as being asked which witness you wish to direct and cross. (In other words,
you will be asked to do part of an opening statement, part of a closing argument,
part of one direct examination, and part of one cross examination.) We will announce
those who have been selected on the night of tryouts, so please be prepared to
wait until the decisions have been made by the coaching faculty as to all of the
positions. (This process usually takes the entire evening, so be prepared.) The
opening and closing arguments should be about 5 minutes each; the direct and cross
examinations should be about 3-5 minutes each.
Chicago-Kent Is Now LinkedIn!
We invite all students, faculty, alumni, and staff to join the official Chicago-Kent
group on the networking site, LinkedIn. If you have a LinkedIn account, please
here to request membership. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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