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Academic Calendar Reminder. Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 25, through Sunday, November 28. (Unlike the Main Campus, classes are not canceled on Wednesday, November 24, unless individual faculty members decide not to hold class.)

Spring 2011 Schedule and Registration.

Final Spring 2011 Schedule and Registration Bulletin.
The final Spring 2011 class schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available on the Spring 2011 Term page or by going to the Current Students Portal page (click on the Spring '11 link). Print copies are available on the table outside the third floor cafetria. Registration instructions appear below.

Changes/Corrections to Schedule. Please note the following changes and corrections to the Spring 2011 schedule. A revised schedule (available through the Spring 2011 Term Page and outside the third floor cafeteria) has been issued incorporating these revisions.

-Legal Writing 4: Civil Litigation (section 432-55): This section of Legal Writing 4, scheduled for T/Th 6:00-7:25pm, will not be offered.
-Multinational Business Bankrupcy & Reorganizations: This class, listed as a regular course in the Spring schedule, will also be offered for seminar credit. To take the class as a regular course, register using 157-51. To register for seminar credit, register using course number 908-51.
-Advanced Legal Ethics (Family Law LL.M. class): The course number for this class was omitted from the Spring schedule. It is 866-51

Registration Instructions. Registration will take place from Tuesday, November 23, 8:30 a.m. through Tuesday, November 30, 11:00 p.m. You may register at any time during that period. To register beginning on Tuesday, go to the Spring 2011 Term page and click on the "Online Registration" link.

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 Friday, Decmeber 3. 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 Friday, December 3 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

Registration for First-Year Students. Although first-year students have set schedules, you still must register for your Spring courses using the Online Registration system. Please be careful to register for the doctrinal classes listed for your current section, and for the Legal Writing section taught by your current professor.

•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 2011, 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 4, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Student Survey to Improve Kent's Website.
The Law School is undertaking a complete redesign of the main Chicago-Kent website, and we’re now in the "discovery" phase of the project. On Thursday, November 18, I sent an e-mail to all students inviting participation in a website survey that will provide information and feedback for this process. The survey runs from November 18 through December 2, and you’ll have a chance to win a $25 Starbucks gift card if you provide your name and e-mail address at the end of the survey. Find out more and access the survey here.

Fall 2010 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 SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program, which is in a new version this semester. The Computer Center has circulated information about this process. 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 Dean Sowle 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. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Dean Sowle 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.

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 in the lefthand menu. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

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.

Joke of the Week. (An oldie but goody for Thanksgiving) Question: If the Pilgrims were still alive today, what would they be most known for? Answer: Their incredible age!


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