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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

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Have a Nice Summer! Congratulations on (almost) completing the school year. For those who are graduating this semester, I look forward to seeing you at Commencement -- and I wish you good luck on the bar and in starting your careers. For those of you who will be back next year, I hope you have a productive and restful summer.

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 http://library.kentlaw.edu/Courses/index.htm 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 at http://www.kentlaw.edu/clc/exams/instructions.shtml. 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 Graduating Seniors. If you are graduating this semester, please read the information below about your Kent email and network accounts, and your locker. If you have any questions, please let me know. Note: If you are not graduating this semester, you will keep your e-mail account and locker until you graduate.

•Email and Network Accounts. Email and network accounts will be deactivated on Monday, August 1, at 11:50pm (the first Monday after the July bar exam).

If you would like to save your emails, you may download a .pst file of your inbox, following the instructions here. Please note that you must be on campus in order to download your .pst file, as you need access to the Chicago-Kent server for the download. Moreover, please be sure to have a flash drive or recordable CD on which to save your emails, as the files are generally too large to send by email. It is your responsibility to make a backup of your emails to a .pst file. If you have questions, please contact the Center for Law and Computers at pchelp@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5300.

As a Chicago-Kent graduate, the Alumni Association is pleased to offer an e-mail forwarding service using an @alumni.kentlaw.edu email address. This service is available through the Alumni Online Community (see below) and allows you to choose a username@alumni.kentlaw.edu address that will be forwarded to your specified personal email account (e.g. gmail, yahoo, or work e-mail, etc).  Your username can be your current kentlaw.edu username or you can create a new one.

The advantage of the e-mail forwarding is that once you give your forwarding address to friends and colleagues, you’ll no longer have to notify everyone in your address book of a new or discontinued e-mail address; you can simply update the email account to which the email forwarding address sends to by logging into the Alumni Online Community. Please note that any emails sent to your current @kentlaw.edu address DO NOT automatically get sent to your alumni forwarding address. You must notify your contacts of your new address.

In order to access e-mail forwarding, you must sign up for the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community, which, in addition to email forwarding, allows you to update your alumni information, search the alumni directory, join groups, network with fellow alumni, and keep up-to-date with all the news and events at Chicago-Kent. Accounts for May 2010 graduates will be available by mid-July. Click here to sign up now and we will send you your login information when you have access! For questions or concerns, please contact the Chicago-Kent Alumni Association at alums@kentlaw.edu or 312-906-5240.

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Monday, August 1. Anything left in lockers after that date will be removed. If you are unable to clear your locker out by that date, please contact me to make arrangements for your locker contents to be set aside for you. Note: This applies only to graduating students. If you are not graduating, you do not need to clear your locker out; you will keep your current locker until you graduate.

Summer 2011 Term Information.

•Add/Drop Period. 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.

•Classroom Assignments.The final Schedule of Classes for the Summer 2011 term is available on the Summer 2011 Term Information page (also available by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Summer '11 link). A version that includes classroom assignments will be posted shortly.

•Initial Reading Assignments. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer 2011 courses will be available no later than Monday, May 16. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Summer 2011 Term Information page (also available by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Summer '11 link). Please note: If a course is not listed, that means we did not receive an initial assignment from the professor. Please note: You may purchase your books in the Bookstore prior to the issuing of the initial reading assignments list; the Bookstore receives book ordering information directly from professors and should have all books in stock at the present time.

Fall 2011 Registration. The initial registration period for Fall 2011 classes closed on Friday. The registration system opened back up on Thursday, May 5 for students to see what classes they were admitted into, and to make adjustments to their schedules. You may continue to make adjustments to your schedule until the end of the Fall add/drop period (Friday, September 3). If you did not register during the initial registration period, you may do so beginning May 5.

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 (Friday, September 2), and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Changes to the Fall Schedule:

*Comparative Law (Prof. Gerber): The ending time for the evening section of Comparative Law is now listed as 7:50pm (not 7:25pm). Class will meet some evenings until 7:25pm and some evenings until 7:50pm.
*Labor/Employment Class (Prof. Soliunas): This class will meet Wednesdays 4:00-4:55pm (not 5:50pm).
*Legal Writing 3, Section 431-54 (Prof. Brabender): This class has been renumbered to 431-10, and will meet Tues./Thurs. 5:00-5:55pm (not 6:00-6:55pm).
*Nonprofit Law (Prof. Brody): This class will meet Mon./Wed. 4:00-5:25pm (not 5:50pm).

Note about Legal Writing 3 Sections: Several of the Legal Writing 3 sections were oversubscribed. If you did not get into your preferred section, there are several other sections that currently have seats available. In addition, we expect seats to open up in most or all sections over the Summer, as students learn whether they were selected for Law Review or Moot Court Honor Society (most of those students defer Legal Writing 3 to the Spring).

Family Law LL.M. Schedule: The revised schedule includes the course offerings for the Family Law LL.M. program, which were unavailable when the final schedule was issued.

Fall 2011 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2011 courses will be posted no later than Wednesday, August 3. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Fall 2011 Term Information page (also available by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Fall '11 link).

You may ask the bookstore to hold your Fall course materials for you when they arrive, or for an extra fee you may request that the books be mailed to you over the summer. 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 books over the Internet by clicking on the Bookstore link on the Current Students Portal page.

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.

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