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Week of November 9, 2015
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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.

ASP Workshop: Preparing for and Taking Exams. The Academic Support Program's third and final Fall workshop will focus on preparing for and taking exams. The program for day students will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 12:00-12:50 pm (Auditorium).The program for evening students will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 7:35-8:25pm (Rm. 165). Although the programs aremainly aimed at first-year students, all students are welcome to attend. For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web page. (Note: If you started this Summer in Dean Sowle's Criminal Law class, you have already had this workshop, but are welcome to attend again if you wish.)

Students are Invited to Robert Blagojevich's talk to Prof. Kling's Evidence class.
Robert Blagojevich, brother and co-defendant of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, will be talking to Prof. Kling's Evidenc class with his trial attorney on Monday, November 9, at 6:00pm in Rm. 210. All Chicago-Kent students are invited to attend.

Fall 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 "Fall 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 (jabhijeet@kentlaw.iit.edu). 

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

Notices About Exams on Computer. 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 Fall 2015 exams.
  • The SofTest software for exams will be available for download beginning November 18, 2015.
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 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. SofTest hopes to have an El Capitan-compatible version available by the Fall exam period.
  • 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. As explained below, first-year full-time students will be able to choose an elective class or the Clinic Rotation in the Spring 2016 semester, if they wish, in lieu of Legislation. 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 are required to take Civil Procedure, Property, and Legal Writing 2 in the Spring. For their final course, students may select from the following three options:

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

Taking an elective class. We have designated the following courses as automatically available (subject to space) for first-year students: Business Organizations (4 cr.), Copyright Law (3 cr.), Employment Relationships (3 cr.), and International Law (3 cr.). Business Organizations, Copyright Law, and Employment Relationships will be offered in the day (in the same slot as Legislation). International Law will be offered in the evening. With permission, students may take other electives that fit their schedules (requests should be sent to Dean Sowle). If you take an elective, you will be in class with upper-level students. Upper-level required courses may not be taken (this includes Constitutional Law, Professional Responsibility, Legal Writing 3, Legal Wrting 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 Clinic Rotation (2 credits, pass/fail only). Click here for more information about the Clinic Rotation and how to apply. Applications for the Clinic Rotation are due no later than Monday, November 16. If applications exceed the number of spaces, students will be chosen by lottery. Students will be notified as to whether they were selected prior to the start of Spring registration.

As noted above, students who choose to take an elective or the Clinic Rotation will be required to take Legislation next Fall. Registration for Spring classes will take place later this month. The final Spring class schedule will be issued the week of November 16, along with registration instructions. The preliminary Spring schedule is available by clicking here (there will be some additions and changes before it is finalized). During the registration, you will register for your required Spring courses (Civil Procedure, Property, and Legal Writing 2), as well as one of the above options (Legislation; and elective; or the Clinic 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 Clinic Rotation is graded pass/fail and thus won't count into students' GPA's for that reason.

Preliminary Spring 2016 Schedule. The Spring 2016 prelminary schedule is linked to this pagePlease note: The preliminary schedule was issued last April (prior to registration for the current Fall 2015 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 16.

Joke of the Week. "Last night I went to a 24-hour grocery. When I got there, the guy was locking the front door. I said, 'Hey, the sign says you're open 24 hours.' He goes, 'Not in a row!'" (Steven Wright)  

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