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Spring 2014 Class Ranks and GPA Cutoffs. The class ranks and cumulative GPAs as of the end of the Spring 2014 semester are available through Web for Students (go to https://wfs.kentlaw.iit.edu and click on the "Spring 2014" link under "Grades and Rank" on the left hand 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 2014 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 announce that the students listed below have been invited to join the Chicago-Kent Law Review based on their academic performance:

Peter Cheun Robert S. Jacobson
Angelo J. Christopher Brandon R. Kaster
Stephanie Crigler Richard A. Lintermans
Katlyn E. DeBoer Maria C. Martin
Joseph C. Deloney Matthew C. McElwee
Allison A. Evans Alexandra M. McNicholas
Beth L. Feller Ann C. Motto
Hayleigh Herchenbach Katherine E. Rhoades
Gregory M. Huffman Matthew Smarl
Kyle J. Jacob Denis Yavorskiy

Law Review Summer Candidacy Program. For those interested in Law Review but who did not "grade on" based on their academic performance, the Law Review also holds a Summer Candidacy Program to "write on" to Law Review. Section 1.12 of the Student Handbook explains the eligibility criteria for both grading on and writing on to Law Review. This year’s Summer Candidacy Program will run from Monday, June 23 through Monday, July 7. For details, click here.

Summer 2014 Exams.

•Exam Schedule. The final exams for the Summer term are listed in the Schedule of Classes available here. You will be notified of the classroom assignments for your exams prior to the start of exam period.

•Exam Reschedule Requests: June 26-July 2. The Student Handbook requires that you take your final exams at the times scheduled unless you have an exam conflict (as defined below), or you have a "serious illness or other extraordinary or compelling reason" beyond your control. If you have an exam conflict or believe you have other reasons justifying the rescheduling of an exam, please complete the Final Exam Reschedule form. To complete the form, log into your Web for Students account and navigate to the Final Exam Reschedule form in the left-hand menu. The form will be available beginning Thursday, June 26. The deadline for submitting an exam method request is Wednesday, July 2, at 5:00 pm. If your request is approved, you will be notified after the deadline about the rescheduled date, time, and location of your exam. Under current policy, a student is deemed to have an "exam conflict" if the student has two exams at the same time, or has two or more exams within 24 hours.

•Exam Method Registration: June 26 - July 2. Students have three choices for taking most exams: handwriting the exam, taking the exam on their own laptop computer, or taking the exam on a lab computer. Some professors do not permit one or more of these options (e.g., some require all students to hand write the exam).

Assuming your professor has authorized you to take the exam on computer, we will assume you are taking the exam on your own laptop unless you submit an Exam Method form. You need to register your exam-taking method only if you wish to hand-write the exam, or take it on a lab computer (subject to space availability). Please check with your professor if you are uncertain whether computer use will be permitted for your exam. If you choose the lab computer option but there are not enough spaces available, we will conduct a lottery after the close of the exam method registration period to determine who can use the lab computers. (This usually is not necessary, but occasionally we have more requests than we can accommodate for lab computers.) 

To complete the form, log into your Web for Students account and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form in the left-and menu. The form will be available beginning Thursday, June 26. The deadline for submitting an exam method request is Wednesday, July 2, at 5:00 pm.

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. Information about accessing old exams is available by clicking here.

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.

•Email, Network, and Print Accounts. Email accounts: Your Kent email account is for life. You can continue to use your Chicago-Kent email as long as you chose to do so. Network accounts: Your network account will be deactivated on Monday, August 4 (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Print accountsYour free printing quota will be reset to zero on May 19 (the first Monday after Commencement). You can use TechCash funds to print and copy until August

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

•Student Health Insurance.
 If you have student health insurance through IIT, your coverage will end on August 13, 2014.

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 2014 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. I tried to catch some fog the other day, but I mist!

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