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Spring 2015 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 "Spring 2015" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there.

Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests: March 25-April 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 Web for Students and navigate to the Final Exam Reschedule form in the left-hand menu. The form will be available beginning Wednesday, March 25; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Thursday, April 2, at 5:00 pm. If your request is approved, you will be notified later this semester of 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 (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., or at 6:00 p.m. and 1:15 the following afternoon). A conflict does not exist if two exams are scheduled exactly 24 hours apart (e.g., exams at 8:30 a.m. one morning and 8:30 a.m. the next morning).

Exams Method Registration: March 25-April 2. Students generally have three choices for taking most exams: hand writing 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 Web for Students and navigate to the Exam Method Registration form in the left-hand menu. The form will be available beginning Wednesday, March 25; the deadline for submitting an exam method request is Thursday, April 2, at 5:00 pm.

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 the SofTest software. Previously installed SofTest versions may not work for Spring 2015 exams.
  • The SofTest software for exams will be available for download beginning April 13, 2015.
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 are the only supported Windows platforms for exams. Windows XP and Windows RT are not supported.
  • Mac Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and 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) and "Snow Leopard" (Mac OS 10.6) are no longer supported.
  • 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.

Change of Division Requests: March 25-April 2. Students wishing to request a change of division for the Fall 2015 semester (e.g., from evening division to full-time or part-time day division, or vice versa) should submit a Change of Division request. The form will be available beginning Wednesday, March 25. To complete the form, log into Web for Students and select "Request to change division" in the left-hand menu. The deadline for submitting the form is Thursday, April 2, at 5:00 pm.

Summer 2015 Class Schedule and Registration. The Summer 2015 Schedule of Classes and Registration Bulletin will be available no later than Friday, April 3, through the Current Students Portal page (click on the Summer 2015 Quick Guide link under "Academics & Grades").

Registration for Summer classes will take place from Thursday, April 9, at 9:00 am through Tuesday, April 14, at 11:50 pm. You may register at any time during that period. To register beginning on April 9, go to the Summer 2015 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 not be 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 17. 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 17 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

The Summer add/drop period also begins on Friday, April 17. Starting on April 17, you may add open courses or drop courses using the online system. The add/drop period will run through Tuesday, June 2, at 11:50 pm.

Trial Team Tryouts. The Chicago-Kent Trial Team is holding tryouts for first-year students, and upper-level students who are not graduating this year, on April 8 at 5:00pm in the Marovitz Courtroom. No sign-up is necessary. Tryouts involve preparing, for either side of the State v. Robert Duffie case, a 3-5 minute opening statement; a 10-5 question direct examination; a 10-15 question cross examination; and a 3-5 minute closing argument. Case packets for State v. Robert Duffie with instructions can be found in the Marovitz Courtroom, in the third-floor elevator bay, and outside Judge Erickson's office (Rm. 705). If you have any questions, please email Ana Montelongo at

Lean Launchpad: Business Course Opportunity. IIT will be offering a Lean Launchpad course this summer. Students will learn about various aspect of starting a high-tech company, including dealing with customers, partners, and competitors. Students will work in small interdisciplinary teams (3-6 students) to develop a business model through articulating assumptions about their business and then testing those assumptions with potential customers. Students will talk to customers and partners, build a business model canvas, prototype their main product, and develop pitches to funders. Students must apply as teams and meet with the instructor before enrolling. Click here for more information about the class, including scheduling. If you may be interested in taking the course, please email both Dean Sowle ( and Prof. Libby Hemphill (

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin has set up a news rack on the west wall on the Concourse level with a limited number of free copies of the newspaper and its sister magazine, Chicago Lawyer. Chicago-Kent students can get free access to the online edition of the LawBulletin by registering at

Electronic Discovery Program. The Seventh Circuit Pilot Program on Electronic Discovery is sponsoring an event for law students on April 15, 2015, which will feature a screening of The Decade of Discovery, the story of a government attorney on a quest to find a better way to search White House e-mail, and a teacher who took a stand for civil justice on the electronic frontier—and the attendant revolution in the way law is practiced and the government operates. The film (trailer here) charts their 10-year journey – and the surprising truths – they found.  The screening will be followed by a panel discussion of attorneys nationally recognized for their prominence in the field of eDiscovery. The panel will focus upon eDiscovery’s impact on the next decade and next generation of attorneys. The event will be held from 3:00-5:00 pm at the Dirksen Federal Building in downtown Chicago, and is free of charge.  Please register here: Registration Page.

Joke of the week. Doctor:  My word, what happened to you? You look awful.  Patient:  Well, doctor, you told me to take this medicine for three days, then skip a day -- and all that skipping really wore me out!


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