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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Week of April 27, 2009
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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 1 (Monday classes meet, King Birthday make-up; Friday classes do not meet)
Read Period: Saturday, May 2- Tuesday, May 5
Exam Period: Wednesday, May 6- Friday, May 15

Fall 2009 Registration. The final Fall 2009 schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available by clicking here or by going to the main Student Portal page (click on the Fall '09 link). Print copies are available on the table outside the third floor cafeteria. Registration will take place from Tuesday, April 28 through Friday, 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 5. 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 5 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

Spring 2010 Preliminary Schedule. To help with planning your Fall 2009 course schedule, the preliminary schedule of classes for the Spring 2010 semester is available on the Fall 2009 Term page -- click here, or go to the main Student Portal page (click on the Fall '09 link). Please note: This schedule is only preliminary – there will be additions to the class list and other changes made before the schedule is finalized. The final schedule will be issued during the Fall 2009 semester, when registration for Spring 2010 classes will take place. If you have any questions or comments about the preliminary schedule, please feel free to contact me by e-mail (SSOWLE), phone (6-5282), or by stopping by my office (Rm. 320).

Intensive Trial Advocacy. Please note that registration for both the August 2009 and the January 2010 sessions of Intensive Trial Advocacy take place as part of Fall 2009 registration. See the listing for Intensive Trial Advocacy in the Schedule of Classes for details.

Spring 2009 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 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.

•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.

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 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. 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.

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 2009 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. "There's a fine line between fishing, and standing on the shore looking like an idiot." (Steven Wright)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "The Enkindled Spring," by D.H. Lawrence.


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