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Academic Calendar Reminder. Please note the following dates for the closing period of the semester:

Last day of classes: Friday, May 2 (Monday classes meet; King Birthday make-up)
Read Period: Saturday, May 3- Tuesday, May 6
Exam Period: Wednesday, May 7- Friday, May 16

Spring 2008 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. 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.

Exams Method Registration. The period is now closed for exam method registration.

Notice 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).

Notice 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 SofTest.

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.

Notice 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.

•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 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 Library.

Fall 2008 Registration. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2008 semester is available outside the third floor cafeteria and through the main Student Portal page (click on the Fall '08 link). The final schedule and Registration Bulletin will be issued no later than Wednesday, April 23. Registration will take place from Friday, April 25 through Tuesday, April 29. 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 1. 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.

Intensive Trial Advocacy. Please note that registration for both the August 2008 and the January 2009 sessions of Intensive Trial Advocacy take place as part of Fall 2008 registration. See the listing for Intensive Trial Advocacy in the preliminary Schedule of Classes for details.

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).

"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 (Rm. 210)

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 Rm. 580.

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.

The 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.

Additionally, 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.

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.

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 2008 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.

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