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Academic Calendar Reminder. The class schedule for the final week of classes is as follows:

Monday, November 29: Monday classes meet (Labor Day make-up)
Tuesday, November 30: Thursday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)
Wednesday, December 1: Friday classes meet and Wednesday classes starting 4:00 and after meet (Thanksgiving and Rosh Hashanah eve. make-up)
Thursday, December 2 (last day of regular classes): Thursday classes meet (Rosh Hashanah make-up)
Friday, December 3: Make-up Day (no regular classes scheduled)

Read period runs from Saturday, December 4 through Wednesday, December 8. Exams start on Thursday, December 9 and end on Monday, December 20.

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.

Reminder: There's Still Time to Fill Out the Student Website Survey.
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.

Counseling Center Services. IIT's Counseling Center will have a staff psychologist at the Law School on Mondays and Wednesdays throughout the academic year. Services are by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call (312) 567-5900. There is no charge for counseling services. You may also visit for more information.

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.

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.

•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 on the Computer Center's Record page. 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.

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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