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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Week of December 15, 2008
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Happy Holidays! I wish all of you a joyous (and restful) holiday season, and I look forward to seeing you next month.

Fall 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.

•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.

•Exam Emergencies. If an emergency occurs that may prevent you from taking a final exam, you or someone on your behalf should call me (312/906-5282) or Jerry Seaton (312/906-5271) as soon as possible. If you cannot reach either of us, call the Registrar's office (312/906-5080). Do not contact your professor about any problem connected with your exam, as this may compromise your anonymity. Please read Section VII of the Student Handbook, which contains the rules governing exams, exam conflicts, make-up exams, missed exams, and related issues; and review Article II of the Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook.

•Consulting Laptops During Exams. Unless your professor specifically authorizes it, you may not consult materials (notes, outlines, etc.) stored on your laptop computer during an open book or limited open book exam; you are limited to consulting print materials authorized by your professor. Please note: This is separate from the issue of whether you may write your exam on your own laptop. The limitation described above applies whether you are writing your exam by hand or on a lab or laptop computer.

•Cell Phones During Exams. You are not permitted to use a cell phone during any exam, including during any restroom breaks. If you have a cell phone with you during an exam, it must be turned off and stored out of sight.

•Access to Computer Labs During Exams. Because we use the computer labs during many of the exam slots during exam period, access for other purposes (e.g., printing out papers or exam outlines) is limited. Please keep in mind that there is a printer in the 5th Floor Student Lounge that you can use if the labs are all in use.

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

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. You may also find this information in the Computer Center's section of the Record. 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.

Spring 2009 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Spring 2009 courses will be posted on the Spring 2009 Term Page (also available through the main Student Portal Page) no later than Monday, December 22. Assignments not received by December 22 will be posted as we receive them.

You may ask the Bookstore to hold your Spring course books for you when they arrive, or for an extra fee you may request that the books be mailed to you over the holiday break. If you would like to take advantage of either of these options, stop by the bookstore before you leave, or call the bookstore at 312/906-5605. In addition, you may order your course books over the web by clicking on the Bookstore link on the Student Portal Page.

Spring 2009 Registration. The initial registration period is now over. If you have not already done so, please log back into the online registration system (available through the Spring 2009 Term Page) to see what classes you were admitted into. You may make adjustments to your schedule through the end of the second week of the Spring semester.

Please note the following changes, corrections, and cancellations. A revised schedule (available through the Spring 2009 Term Page and outside the third floor cafeteria) has been issued incorporating these revisions.

Class cancellations
The following Spring classes have been canceled due to inadequate enrollment:
Alternative Dispute Resolution (575-51): Tu 6:00-7:50 pm.
Asylum & Refugee Law (658-1): M 9:35-11:25 am.
Capital Punishment & Judicial Process (642-51): M 7:35-9:25 pm.
Chicago Legal Clinic Practicum (238-1).
Civil RICO (279-51): Th 6:00-7:50 pm.
Comparative Tort Law (473-1 & 652-1): W 10:40-11:30 am.
Genetics & the Law (298-51): TTh 6:00-7:25 pm.
Gift & Estate Tax (368-51): Tu 6:00-7:50 pm.
Habeas Corpus (684-81): M 4:00-5:50 pm.
Military Law (610-81): W 4:00-5:50 pm.

Changes & corrections
*Professional Responsibility (day section): The course number was listed incorrectly. It is 415-1 (not 415-81, which is the number for the evening section of the course).
*Advanced Bankruptcy: This class has been renamed "Advanced Bankruptcy: Corporate Reorganizations" to reflect more accurately the scope of the course. In addition, there will be no final exam for the course.
*Constitutional Law & Religion seminar: The course number was listed incorrectly. It is 644-81 (not 632-81, which is the number for Int'l/Comp. Labor/Empl. Law).
*Clinic classes: the Law Offices will not be able to offer either the Business Transactions clinics or the Immigration Law clinics in the Spring 2009 semester.
*Estates & Trusts (day section): This class was incorrectly shown on the day division grid as meeting Mon./Wed. As indicated in the actual Spring schedule, it will meet Tues./Thurs. 9:35-11:35am.

Academic Calendar for 2009-2010.
The academic calendar for next academic year (2009-2010) is available here.

Stuart School Tie Drive. The Stuart School of Business is sponsoring a "tie drive” in an effort to assist their students with their professional image for the school's upcoming Spring Career Fair. If you have one or more ties you are willing to donate, there are drop-off boxes on the first floor by the security desk and on the fourth floor under the plasma screen. You may also drop ties off in Rm. 655. Ties will not be able to be returned.

Joke of the Week. Question: What do you call someone who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested? Answer: A professor!

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky," by Lewis Carroll.
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