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Academic Calendar Reminder. Read period runs from Saturday, December 5 through Wednesday, December 9. Exams start on Thursday, December 10 and end on Monday, December 21.

Fall 2009 Final Exams.

•Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. You should have received an individual email with your exam room assignments; if you have not received the email, please contact me.

•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 Study Help). 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 Jenna Abhijeet (312/906-5005) 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.

Exam Method Notices.

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 (e.g, a computer crash 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 have laptops that cannot run SofTest.

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.

Spring 2010 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 2010 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 2010 Term Page and outside the third floor cafeteria) has been issued incorporating these revisions.

Class cancellations: The following Spring classes/sections have been canceled due to inadequate enrollment.

Access to Justice & Technology (671-81)
Agency Law (277-51)
Asset Protection Planning (220-51)
Class Actions and Civil RICO (221-51)
Complex Business Litigation (272-51)
International Commercial Litigation (235-81)
Mediation (evening section) (420-51)
Stock Drop Litigation (673-51)
Trial Advocacy 2 (Saturday section) (558-83)

Family Law LL.M. and Financial Services LL.M. schedules:
The revised schedule includes the course offerings for the Family Law LL.M. and Financial Services LL.M. programs, which were unavailable when the final schedule was issued.

Additional Legal Writing 4 sections:
As announced previously, the Legal Writing program has added the following Legal Writing 4 sections to the Spring schedule:

-Legal Writing 4: Public Interest (432-09), Prof. Philips, Tues./Thurs. 4:30-5:55 pm.
-Legal Writing 4: Labor & Employment (432-58), Prof. Mendez, Mon. 5:00-7:50 pm.
-Legal Writing 4: Civil Litigation (432-59), Prof. Marko, Tues./Thurs. 6:00-7:25 pm.

-Law and Literature: The final schedule omitted the course number for this seminar. The course number is 677-81.
-Work and Family: The final schedule listed the wrong course number for the seminar version of this class. The course number is 618-81 (not 623-81).
-Business Transactions Clinic 2: This clinic is available in both a 3-credit and a 4-credit version. The final schedule incorrectly listed both versions as 3 credits. 517-01 is the 3-credit version, and 517-02 is the 4-credit version.
-Strategies in Intellectual Proprty: This class was correctly listed as 3 credits in the final schedule, but was incorrectly listed as 2 credits on the Day Division Grid.

Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Graduating seniors needing fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. In addition, if you will be graduating at the end of the Spring 2010, and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contct me by email no later than Friday, February 5, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Spring 2010 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Spring 2010 courses will be posted on the Spring 2010 Term Page (also available through the main Student Portal Page) no later than Monday, December 21. Assignments not received by December 21 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 materials over the web by clicking on the Bookstore link on the Student Portal Page.

Academic Calendar for 2010-2011. The academic calendar for next academic year (2010-2011) is available here.

Changes in Graduation Honors. At its November meeting, the faculty voted to change the awarding of graduation honors, effective with the May 2010 graduating class. Currently, the members of the top 10% of each graduating class are awarded High Honors, and the remaining members of the top 25% are awarded Honors. Under the new system, the top 1% of each graduating class will graduate summa cum laude, the remaning members of the top 10% will graduate magna cum laude, and the remaning members of the top 25% will graduate cum laude.

Change in Curve for Professional Responsibility. At its November meeting, the faculty voted to change the curve that applies to Professional Responsibility, effective with the Summer 2010 term. The Spring 2010 sections of Professional Responsibility will still be subject to the current curve. Currently, Professional Responsibility is subject to the same curve that applies to required doctrinal classes in the first and second year (Criminal Law, Torts, Contracts, Legislation, Civil Procedure, Property, and Constitutional Law). Beginning with the Summer 2010 term, Professional Responsibility will be subject to the upper-level curve that is highly recommended for elective classes with 40 or more students enrolled. However, that curve will be mandatory for Professional Responsiblity (not just highly recommended).  See Student Handbook section 6.8 for a description of the curves. 

Illinois State Senate Public Hearing on Redistricting. The Illinois State Senate will hold a public hearing on redistricting in the Chicago-Kent Courtroom on Tuesday, December 8, from 11:00am to approximately 4:00pm. All are welcome, and you may come and go (quietly) at any point during the proceedings. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in redistricting issues, or who wants to view an official legislative hearing in action.

Notice About H1N1 (Swine Flu). IIT has developed an FAQ that provides information about the H1N1 virus and the university's plans and procedures for addressing the virus. We encourage all members of the Chicago-Kent community to read the FAQ at We would particularly like to encourage you to follow the guidelines listed below.

  • Stay home if you have flu or flu-like illness for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen). If you do come down with the flu, please contact Jenna Abhijeet, Director of Student Services, at (students), Assistant Dean Stephen Sowle at (faculty), or Assistant Vice President Dawn Rupcich at (staff).
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Hand sanitizers also are effective.  
  • Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. As noted above, a fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if you feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or experience sweating or shivering.  
  • Get vaccinated for both the seasonal flu and H1N1 flu. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to get both the seasonal flu vaccination and the H1N1 vaccination. We have already offered seasonal flu vaccinations to students, and the H1N1 vaccinations to students, faculty, and staff who fall into various risk categories. We hope to receive additional supplies of both vaccinations and will notify the Chicago-Kent community if we do receive additional supplies. Alternatively, we encourage students, faculty, and staff to contact their own doctors or other health care providers to obtain the vaccinations at a local site.

Chicago-Kent will continue to monitor the situation and will notify the community of any additional changes to our institution’s strategy to prevent the spread of flu on our campus.

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