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Weeks of July 16 & 23, 2012
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Cashier's Office Closed on Monday, July 16. The Cashier's Office (formerly known as the Bursar's Office) will be closed on Monday, July 16. The office will be open on Thursday, July 19.

Summer 2012 Exams.

•Exam Schedule. The final exams for the Summer term are listed in the Schedule of Classes available here. You can check your personal exam schedule, and exam room assignments, by logging into your Web for Students account and navigating to the Summer 2012 link, under Schedule, in the lefthand menu.

•Exam Reschedule Requests. The period is now closed for requesting an exam reschedule.

•Exam 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.

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. 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 on the right side of the page. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Spring 2012 CALI Awards. The CALI Excellence for the Future Award, sponsored by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, is given to the student or students who receive the highest grade in each section of each course. The CALI award winners for Spring 2012 courses are available by clicking here. If a section or a course is not listed, that means the professor elected not to give a CALI award, or we have not yet heard from the professor. Congratulations to all of you who received an award - you should be proud of your achievement.

Spring 2012 Class Ranks and GPA Cut-offs. The class ranks and cumulative GPAs as of the end of the Spring 2012 semester have been posted and are available your Web for Students account (click on the Spring 2012 link, under Grades and Rank, in the lefthand menu). For those J.D. students who just graduated, this information constitutes your final GPA and class rank. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2012 semester are available by clicking here. For those students who transferred into Kent in January, please keep in mind that you will not receive a class rank until you have been here for two semesters.

New Chicago-Kent Law Review Members. I'm happy to report that the students listed below have been invited to join the Chicago-Kent Law Review based on their academic performance:

Kamal Al-Salihi Michael Meier
Jacob Berger Ashley Montalbano
John Bickley David Pelsue
Charles Burns Jing Peng
Claudia Cortes Valerie Raedy
Brett Dorn Elizabeth Raki
Robert Double Jessica Ryou
Hanan Erikat Matthew Schock
Odeshoo Hasdoo Carrie Stickel
James Konstantopoulos Sarah Tunney
Scott Lechowicz Brett Weber
Rebecca Lyon  

Consider Taking Appellate Courts and Procedure. [From Prof. Steinman] All through law school you read appellate court decisions, and perhaps you plan to litigate. How much do you know about appellate review: About who can appeal, when, where, and how?; about the scope of review available before final judgment?

- Do you understand what the various standards of review really mean, and what standard the courts will apply to what issues?
- Are you sure of the degree to which the trial court record and the issues you've raised – or failed to raise – in the trial court limit what you can argue on appeal?
- Have you pondered when appellate courts feel free to make new law and when they leave law making to legislatures? or the role of intermediate appellate courts in lawmaking?
- Have you considered how the volume of litigation has altered how appellate courts operate (their internal procedures, their use of staff, the very structure of appellate court systems), and the implications of those changes for how appellate counsel must work?
- Do you know much about U.S. Supreme Court jurisdiction and certiorari policy, or the role of amicus curiae? 

If these questions interest you, consider taking Appellate Courts and Procedure in the Fall. The class will meet Mon./Tues./Thurs. 10:40-11:35 am. We'll be using materials by Meador, Baker, & Steinman.

Notices 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 and network accounts, and your locker, until you graduate.

•Email and Network Accounts. Network accounts: These will be deactivated on Monday, August 1, at 11:50 pm (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Email accounts: All Spring graduates have been given email for life. This email address is based on and uses the Gmail platform. The Center for Law and Computers will send more information regarding when accounts will be decommissioned. For now these addresses will continue to receive email. We encourage everyone to start promoting and actively using  the email address. For information regarding the new email and how to access email please visit

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Wednesday, 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.

Opportunity to take classes at Loyola (Chicago) School of Law. Chicago-Kent and Loyola (Chicago) School of Law have entered into an arrangement that permits students from each school to register for selected courses at the other school. Students will pay tuition to their home school, and grades will transfer (not just the credits) and be counted in your GPA. Click here for a list of Loyola classes open to upper-level Chicago-Kent students this Fall semester. If you are interested in taking one of these classes, please contact me.

Joke of the Week. Have you noticed that, no matter how much you push an envelope, it will still be stationery? (Thanks to Prof. Brill for this week's joke.)


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