Summer 2009 Registration.
The Summer 2009 Registration Bulletin, including the Schedule of Classes, is available outside the third floor cafeteria. Online versions are also available on the Student Portal page
(click on the Summer '09 link near the top), or by clicking here
The initial registration period for Summer classes will end this Wednesday, April 8.
To register, go to the Student Portal page
and click on the Online Registration link (under "Registration & grades"). You can use any computer with Internet access, either inside or outside the Law School.
After the end of the initial registration period on April 8, 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 initial registration 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 Monday, April 13. 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 Monday, April 13 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.
Spring 2009 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: April 6 - April 15.
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. 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 form will be available beginning Monday, April 6
; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Wednesday, April 15, at 5:00 pm
. 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 Method Registration: April 6 - April 15.
Students have three choices for taking most exams: hand writing the exam, taking the exam on their own laptop computer, or taking the exam on a lab computer. Some professors do not permit one or more of these options (e.g., some require all students to hand write the exam).
Assuming your professor has authorized you to take the exam on computer, we will assume you are taking the exam on your own laptop. You need to register your exam-taking method only
if you wish to hand-write the exam, or take it on a lab computer (subject to space availability). Please check with your professor if you are uncertain whether computer use will be permitted for your exam.
If you wish to register to take an exam by hand or on a lab comuter, log into your Webmail account
, click on the Web for Students icon, and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form. The form will be available beginning Monday, April 6
; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Wednesday, April 15, at 5:00 pm
Notice about SofTest:
Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Computer Center about when and how to do 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.
Also, please note
that SofTest is supported only for the following operating systems: Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista Business Edition, and Windows Vista Ultimate Edition. Additionally, all laptops running a supported Windows operating system must be fully configured for the Chicago-Kent network (with network drives visible at login). Taking exams on Mac computers is not
supported regardless of whether the Mac is running a Windows operating system.
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 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 Library.
Early Bird Bar Preparation Program for Kent Students.
BAR/BRI will present four free lectures to all third-year and fourth-year students. You do not need to be signed up for the regular BAR/BRI program to attend these lectures, and you do not need to RSVP if you plan to attend. These lectures are not meant to replace a commercial bar course, but are meant as a way to jump start the bar exam preparation process. Details will be posted here shortly - please check back.
Bar Exam Preparation Courses.
For information on bar exam preparation courses, click here
Congratulations to SBA Award Winners.
Congratulations to the following faculty and staff members, who received awards from the Student Bar Association during the recent Law Week celebrations.
Full-Time Faculty Member of the Year:
Adjunct Faculty Members of the Year:
Jeffrey Rubenstein and Lawrence Brenman
Administrative Staff Member of the Year:
Student Organization of the Year:
Ralph Brill Award:
Welcome Theda Mickey to My Office.
I am happy to announce that Theda Mickey has joined my office as Administrative Assistant. Theda formerly worked in the Administration and Finance Office. Please join me in wishing Theda all the best with her new position.
Joke of the Week.
My doctor told me to cut back on red meat, so I've stopped putting ketchup on my hamburgers.
Poem of the Week.
This week's poem is "Euphorias," by Philip Appleman.