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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

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Summer 2013 Class Schedule and Registration: The Summer 2013 Schedule of Classes and Registration Bulletin are available through the Current Students Portal page (click on the Summer 2013 Quick Guide link under "Academics & Grades"), or by clicking here. Print copies are available on the table outside the third floor cafeteria.

Registration for Summer classes will take place from Wednesday, April 10 through Tuesday, April 16, at 5:00 pm. You may register at any time during that period. To register beginning on April 10, go to the Summer 2013 Quick Guide page and click on the Online Registration link. 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 notbe 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 Friday, April 19. 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 Friday, April 19 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

Summer I.P. Writing Class. From Prof. Ed Lee: The Summer I.P. Writing Class is open to current first-year and second-year students. In an 8-week intensive course, the class teaches students how to write a note on a topic in intellectual property law. Students who wish to publish a note with a law review are encouraged to apply. Law firms value a published student note on the resume. In the past two years, all five students from the class who submitted articles to journals were successful in receiving offers of publication. No prior experience with IP law is required. The class will meet once a week at a time so as not to conflict with any of the other summer courses. For qualifying students (those who have completed 54 hours and Legal Writing 4), the class may satisfy the seminar writing requirement. Applications are due Wednesday, April 24, at 5:00 pm. Space is limited. Registration for the class will be done as Independent Research, for one credit (graded pass/fail). For more information and submission of your application, email Christi Guerrini at

Fall 2013 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2013 semester will be distributed on Tuesday, April 16, in print form outside the third floor cafeteria and online through the main Current Students page.

Informational Meeting about the Program in Environmental and Energy Law. The Program In Environmental and Energy Law and the Environmental Law Society will host a meeting on Tuesday, April 16, 12:00-1:00pm in Rm. 305. This meeting is important for:

*first-year students who are or may be seeking the PEEL Certificate;
*any students who are planning to take environmental and energy law courses, participate in environmental externships and/or participate in the Chicago Environmental Law Clinic;
*students who are graduating in May and will be eligible for the PEEL Certificate.

The meeting will include important information about these activities and also provide an opportunity for students to interact with PEEL professors. Pizza and beverages will be served. Questions? Contact Keith Harley at

Spring 2013 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. This includes any student who took a midterm exam on SofTest - you will need to download the new version for final exams.

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 clicking here. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Teaching Evaluations. Teaching evaluations will be distributed in the coming weeks to elicit students' opinions about the quality of teaching at the Law School. Evaluations are anonymous and will not be available to professors until grades are turned in. Instructors will review the responses to improve the quality of their instruction and courses. The evaluations are also considered as one important factor in tenure, promotion, and compensation decisions for full-time faculty and are used as a factor in determining the effectiveness of part-time instructors.

Bar Exam Preparation Courses. For information on bar exam preparation courses, click here

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