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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Week of December 16, 2013
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Happy Holidays! I wish all of you a joyous (and restful) holiday season, and I look forward to seeing you next month.

Accessing Your Grades. Fall grades are due no later than five weeks from the date of the exam or, if there is no final exam, five weeks from the last day of the exam period. Grades are released as they are received. You can access your grades by logging into Web for Students, then clicking on the Fall 2013 link under the Grades and Rank heading.

Spring 2014 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Spring 2014 courses will be posted no later than Wednesday, January 8. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Spring 2014 Quick Guide page, or by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Quick Guide link.

You may ask the bookstore to hold your Spring course materials for you when they arrive, or for an extra fee you may request that the books be mailed to you over break. 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.

Spring 2014 Registration.

Add/Drop Period. The initial registration period for Spring 2014 classes closed on December 3. The registration system opened back up on Friday, December 6, 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 Spring add/drop period, which will extend through Tuesday, February 4. If you did not register during the initial registration period, you may do so now. The final Spring 2014 class schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available on the Spring 2014 Quick Guide page, or by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Quick Guide link.

Changes/Corrections to Schedule. Please note the following corrections to the Spring 2014 schedule. A corrected version of the schedule has been posted on the Spring 2014 Quick Guide page.

-Environmental Law & Policy 2 (441-81): The original version of the Evening Division schedule listed the days/times incorrectly (the Day Division schedule listed it correctly). The class will meet Tues./Wed. 4:00-5:25pm (not Tues. 4:00-5:50pm).

-Illinois Evidence seminar (924-81): Evidence, or Evidence & the Art of Advocacy, is a prerequisite for taking this seminar.

-Legal Writing 4: Intellectual Property (432-81): A second section of Legal Writing 4: Intellectual Property has been added. It will meet Thurs. 4:00-6:50pm and will be taught by Prof. Heather Schafer.

-Torts and Bioethics seminar (927-81). The original version of schedule listed the ending time incorrectly. The class will meet Thurs. 4:00-5:50pm (not 5:00pm).

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2014 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 Spring 2014 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 contact me by email no later than Friday, January 31, 2014, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

Fall 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.

Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams after 1982 are available online by clicking here. Exams dating from 1982 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 Dean Sowle (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.

•Take-Home Exams. If you have a take-home exam and it is to be picked up from, and/or returned to, the Registrar's Office, please note the following hours for the Registrar's Office:

Monday-Thursday, 8:30am - 6pm
Friday, 8:30am - 5pm

The Registrar's Office is not open on the weekends.

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.

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 first-year students 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 to Mac Users: We are pleased to announce that SofTest now supports the new OS X Mavericks operating system.

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 Handwriters: Students who are handwriting an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Handwriters will not be put in a separate room.

U-Pass Notice. Your Ventra U-Pass card is effective through Friday, December 20. Do not discard your Ventra card - you will continue to use the same card through graduation. Your card will become effective again on Tuesday, January 21 (the first day of the Spring semester). You may continue to use your Ventra card during the semester break if you add value to the card.

Adjunct Prof. Pamela Paziotopoulos Seeks Research Assistants. Prof. Pamela Paziotopoulos is looking for one or more students with outstanding research and writing skills to assist with research on a book focused on intimate partner violence and the workplace. The work will primarily involve researching case law and writing various drafts. The students would receive one credit each of Independent Research. If you are interested, please contact Prof. Paziotopoulos at

Joke of the week. Darth Vader:  LUKE SKYWALKER, I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GETTING FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY.  Luke: How do you know?  Darth Vader:  I FELT YOUR PRESENTS.


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