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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Week of November 10, 2014
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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.

Change of Division Requests.
 The period for requesting to change divisions for the Fall semester is now closed. If you requested a division change, we will notify you shortly about the status of your request.

Fall 2014 Final Exams.

Exam Schedule and Exam Number. 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. To find your personal exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to "Fall 2014" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there.

Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests. The period is now closed for requesting an exam reschedule due to an exam conflict or other reason.

Exams Method Registration. The period is now closed for exam method registration.

Notices about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Information Technology Services department 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.

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.

The Information Technology Services department (ITS) will provide detailed information on the use of laptop computers and Lab computers during exams. For now, please make a note of the following items:

  • All students have to download the latest version of SofTest software. Previously installed SofTest versions may not work for the Fall 2014 exams and have to be uninstalled prior to the installation of the new version.
  • The SofTest software for exams will be available for download beginning November 18, 2014.
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams. Windows XP and Windows 8 RT are not supported.
  • Mac Mavericks, Mac Mountain Lion and Mac Lion are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams on computer at Chicago-Kent. Mac "Tiger" (Mac OS 10.4), "Leopard" (Mac OS 10.5.6) and "Snow Leopard" (Mac OS 10.6.8) are no longer supported.
  • Mac OS X "Yosemite" (10.10) is not officialy supported at this time. ExamSoft hopes to enable support by Fall 2014 exams.
  • A native Mac version of the SofTest exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download. "Virtualized" Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • Any individual found to be running an unlicensed or "pirated" operating system on their computer may be declined technical assistance.
Notice About Borrowing Laptops: The Information Technology Services department has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. These laptops 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 ITS department'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 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.

1L Your Way. Full-time first-year students will be able to choose an elective class or Clinical Rotation in the Spring semester if they wish. Part-time day students and evening division students will begin taking electives next Fall (or this Summer if they elect to enroll for the optional Summer term).

Full-time students will have three options in the Spring:

Taking Legislation (a 3-credit required course). Students who do not take Legislation in the Spring will be required to take it in the Fall of their second year.?

Taking an elective class. We have designated the following courses as automatically available for first-year students: Business Organizations (4 credits), Patent Law (3 credits), Employment Relationships (3 credits), International Law (3 credits), and Criminal Procedure: Adjudicative Process. Business Organizations, Patent Law, and Employment Relationships will be offered in the day (in the same time slot as Legislation). International Law and Criminal Procedure will be offered in the evening, as will a second section of Business Organizations. With permission, students may take other electives that fit their schedules (requests should be sent to Dean Sowle). Upper-level required courses may not be taken (this includes Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility, Legal Writing 3, Legal Writing 4, and seminars). Depending on demand, we may not be able to accommodate all first-year students who wish to take an elective, although we are hopeful there will be sufficient spaces available for all interested students.?

Taking the new Clinical Rotation (2 credits). Click here for more information about the Clinical Rotation and how to apply. Applications for the Clinical Rotation are due no later than Friday, November 14. Although we expect to have sufficient spots to accommodate all students who wish to do the Clinical Rotation, we will conduct a lottery to select the students if demand exceeds our expectations. If a lottery is necessary, we will give preference to students who decided to attend Chicago-Kent earlier in the admissions process (as announced on the Admissions website during the admissions process). Students will be notified as to whether they were selected prior to the start of Spring registration.

Registration for Spring classes will take place later this month; the final Spring class schedule will be issued the week of November 17, along with registration instructions. A copy of the preliminary Spring schedule is available by clicking here (there will be some additions and changes before it is finalized). During the registration period, you will register for your required Spring courses (Civil Procedure, Property, and Legal Writing 2), as well as one of the above options (Legislation; an elective; or the Clinical Rotation).

To ensure that all full-time first-year students are assessed on a common set of courses, grades for Legislation or for an elective taken its place will not be considered in calculating Spring class ranks for first-year students or for purposes of probation and dismissals, Law Review selections, or merit scholarships for first-year students. The Clinical Rotation will be graded pass/fail and thus won't count into students' GPA's for that reason. Grades for Legislation and electives will be included in all subsequent class rank calculations.

Spring 2015 Preliminary Schedule. The Spring 2015 prelminary schedule is linked to this pagePlease note: The preliminary schedule was issued last April (prior to registration for the current Fall 2014 semester), and there will be changes and additions to the schedule before it is finalized. We anticipate issuing the final schedule during the week of November 17.

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