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Academic Calendar Reminder. Please note the following dates for the closing period of the semester:

Last day of classes: Friday, April 29 (Monday classes meet, King Birthday make-up; Friday classes do not meet)
Read Period: Saturday, April 30 - Tuesday, May 3
Exam Period: Wednesday, May 4 - Friday, May 13

Summer 2011 Class Schedule and Registration: The Summer 2011 Schedule of Classes and Registration Bulletin are available in print form outside the third floor cafeteria and online through the Student Portal page (click on the Summer '11 link under "Academic term information") or by clicking here.

Registration for Summer classes will end on Monday, April 18, at 5:00 pm. To register, go to the Student Portal page and click on the Online Registration link (under "Registration & grades"). You can use any computer with Internet access, either inside or outside the Law School.

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. Evening Division students have priority over Day Division students for Summer registration. Within divisions, registration priority is based on anticipated graduation date, with the earliest graduation date having the highest priority.

To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the Online Registration site on or after Thursday, April 21. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted to the class -- you must check the web site on or after Thursday, April 21 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

Fall 2011 Class Schedule. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2011 semester will be distributed this Wednesday, April 20, outside the third floor cafeteria; an online version will be available on the main Student Portal page.

"Where Do We Go From Here?" Program. This program introduces first-year students to the course requirements after the first year, the certificate programs offered by Chicago-Kent, and clinical, externship, and other program opportunities available to upper-level students. We will videotape both versions of the program for anyone who can't attend. The program will be offered at the following times:

Day Division: Thursday, April 21, 11:30-12:30 pm (Auditorium)
Evening Division: Wednesday, April 20, 5:00-5:55 pm (Rm. C50)

Spring 2011 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. You will receive information from the Computer Center about when and how to do this. 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. In addition, you must download the new version of SofTest even if you have an older version from a prior semester. You cannot use older versions of the program - you must have the new version of SofTest.

Reminder: Beginning last semester, we are now able to support Mac laptop users "natively" for exams with SofTest. If you have chosen lab computers in the past because you own a Mac, you no longer need to do so.

Unless a professor specifies otherwise, SofTest is configured to lock students out of other programs and services on their computers for the duration of the exam. This means that, unless a professor specifically authorizes access, students will not have access to notes, outlines, or other materials stored on their hard drive or the network.

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, 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 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.

Trial Team Tryouts. Tryouts for the 2011-2012 Chicago-Kent Trial Advocacy Team will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2011, at 5:00 pm in the Marovitz Courtroom (on the first floor). During the tryouts, you will be asked to present up to 3 to 5 minutes of an OPENING STATEMENT, CLOSING ARGUMENT, and a DIRECT and CROSS EXAMINATION. We will be using State v. Fletcher and Morris, a case file in Mauet & Wolfson, Materials in Trial Advocacy. This book may be found in the Library on reserve or in the Bookstore.  Please prepare an opening statement and a closing argument for either the prosecution or defense, not both. When you come into the room you will be asked which side you are doing the opening statement and closing argument for, and which witness you wish to direct and cross. (In other words, you will be asked to do part of an opening statement, part of a closing argument, part of one direct examination, and part of one cross examination.)

Joke of the Week. "Someone actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen. It said 'Parking Fine.'" (Tommy Cooper)


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