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Summer 2015 Class Schedule and Registration. The Summer 2015 Schedule of Classes and Registration Bulletin are availble by clicking here, or by going to 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.

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. No prior experience with IP law is required. The class is expected to 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 23, 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 Prof. Patrick Goold at

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. The period is now closed for requesting an exam reschedule due to an exam conflict or other reason. If you have not received a response to your request, please contact Jenna Abhijeet ( 

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 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.

Fall 2015 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2015 semester will be distributed late in the week of April 13.

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.

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

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

10th Annual Silk Road Conference. Prominent representatives of the Central Asian diplomatic community, business community, and academia will return to Chicago to participate in the 10th Annual Silk Road Conference on Monday, April 27, 8:00 am - 7:00 pm, in the Chicago-Kent Auditorium. The conference is organized by the Central Asian Productivity  Research Center, a strategic alliance of professionals representing government, business, and academia from  nations along the Silk Road region; and is sponsored by Northern Illinois University. Chicago-Kent Students may attend for the special rate of $15. If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please email Harry Lepinske at and identify yourself as a Chicago-Kent student.

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