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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

Fall 2011 Registration. The final Fall 2011 class schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available by clicking here or by going to the Current Students Portal page (click on the Fall '11 link). Print copies are available on the table outside the third floor cafetria. Registration will take place from Tuesday, April 26 through Friday, April 29. You may register at any time during that period.

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 Thursday, May 5. 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 Thursday, May 5 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2011 semester who need 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 Fall 2011 semester, 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 the end of the Fall add/drop period in September, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Additions to the schedule: Please note the following two additions to the Fall schedule since the preliminary schedule was issued:

*Compliance in Financial Institutions (165-81): This new class, taught by Prof. Reitman, will meet Mondays 4:00-5:50pm.

*Genetics and the Law (298-51): This class, taught by Prof. Andrews, will meet Tuesdays/Thursdays 6:00-7:25pm.

Spring 2012 Preliminary Schedule. To help with planning your Fall 2011 course schedule, the preliminary schedule of classes for the Spring 2012 semester is available on the Fall 2011 Term page. Please note: This schedule is only preliminary – there will be additions to the class list and other changes made before the schedule is finalized. The final schedule will be issued during the Fall 2011 semester, when registration for Spring 2012 classes will take place. If you have any questions or comments about the preliminary schedule, please feel free to contact me by e-mail (SSOWLE), phone (6-5282), or by stopping by my office (Rm. 320).

Summer 2011 Registration. The registration system has now reopened for Summer 2011 classes. To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the online registration site (the only oversubscribed class was Professional Responsibility). The add/drop period for the Summer will extend through the end of the first week of the Summer term -- you may add an open class, or drop a class and receive a tuition refund, through the end of the first week of the term. Click here for links to the Summer schedule and the online registration system.

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.

•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.

Notice to Intellectual Property Students: Summer I.P. Writing Colloquium. From Prof. Ed Lee: We received word from a number of IP partners at leading Chicago firms that writing a student note that is publishable quality is one thing they look for on a resume. So this summer, we are starting a new Summer IP Writing Colloquium that will teach you how to write a note in IP. By the end of the summer, you will have produced a finished draft that you can send to law reviews in August. The program is open to all 1Ls and 2Ls with an interest in IP, but we have a limited number of slots open. We will provide a list of possible topics, but you can also develop your own idea. Our IP Fellow Scott Salmon will teach the writing course, and you will also be assigned an IP Faculty advisor. Click here for the application form (due April 29). If you have questions, please contact Prof. Salmon at

Dean's Certificate for Illinois Bar. We will mail a Dean's Certificate to the Illinois bar examiners for every graduating student after final grades for the Spring semester are received and processed, and we can confirm completion of all graduation requirements. We compile the list of graduating students from the list of those who submitted Applications for Graduation listing Spring 2011 as their final semester.

Bar Exams in Other Jurisdictions. If you plan to take a bar exam outside of Illinois, you should provide the Registrar with appropriate forms for the Law School to complete as soon as possible.

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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