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

all 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.

Spring 2011 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 2011 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 2011 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.

Agency Law (277-51)
Civil RICO & High-Profile Lawyering (279-51)
Reproductive Technology (643-81)

Addition to the schedule:

Litigation Technology: A second section of this class has been added to the Spring schedule, meeting Fri. 8:30-12:00 noon.


Antitrust: This class was incorrectly listed as ending at 7:50pm on Mon/Wed. The actual ending time is 7:25pm.
Justice & Technology Practicum: This class will meet Tues. 1:55-2:45pm (not Mon. 4:00-5:50pm).
Law & Human Behavior: There will be no final exam in this class.
Public Interest Law & Policy: There will be a take-home exam in this class.

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.

Spring 2011 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Spring 2011 courses will be posted on the Spring 2011 Term Page (also available through the main Student Portal Page) no later than Monday, December 20. Assignments not received by December 20 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.

Website Survey - Thank You to All Students Who Participated. We received 260 submissions for the survey of students for the Chicago-Kent website redesign project. Thank you! Your input will be valuable in determining various features of the new website. Of the 260 submissions, 228 students provided their names and e-mail addresses to be eligible for the Starbucks gift card drawing. The winners are:

  • Yin Lu
  • Nicholas McIntyre
  • Sam Castree
  • Laura Dickson
  • Alyssa Graber
The winners will receive an e-mail to their accounts today from John Young in the Office of Public Affairs about where to pick up their Starbucks cards.

Illinois Bar Exam: Informational Sessions - Revised Announcement. The Illinois bar examiners will be holding informational sessions for first-year students, and for third-year and fourth-year students approaching graduation, at Chicago-Kent on Wednesday, January 26, 2011. (Please note: This is a change from their earlier plan to hold sessions for all Chicago-area students on January 27, at a location outside the Law School.) The sessions will run as follows: (1) 11:30-12:20 pm for first-year day students; (2) 5:00-5:50 pm for first-year evening students; and (3) 4:00-4:50 pm for graduating students.

You should plan to attend the appropriate session for your status if (1) you are a first-year student and you have questions about the first-year bar registration process; (2) you are a third-year or fourth-year student planning on taking the February 2011 or July 2011 bar exams and you have questions about the application or character and fitness process; or (3) you are a student at any stage of your studies and you have questions about the character and fitness process. If you are unable to attend one of the sessions, you may contact Vanessa King at the bar examiners' office (217-522-5917) to discuss the information provided in the sessions.

See my Record archives (the September 6 entry) for details about the application process for the February 2011 and July 2011 bar exams for graduating students, and the registration process for first-year students. We recommend that you download and look over the application and/or registration materials available at before the January 26 programs.

Academic Calendar for 2011-2012. The academic calendar for next academic year (2011-2012) is available here.

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