of Academic Administration and Student Affairs
Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle
Week of November 23, 2015
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Academic Calendar Reminder. Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 26, through Sunday, November 29. Classes resume on Monday, November 30. The library will close at 6:00pm on Wednesday, November 25; the building will close at 10:00pm. The building and the library will be closed on Thankgiving Day and on Friday and Saturday, November 27 and 28. Regular building and library hours will resume on Sunday, November 29.
The class schedule for the final week of classes is as follows:
Monday, November 30: Monday classes meet (Labor Day make-up)
Tuesday, December 1: Monday classes meet (Rosh Hashanah make-up)
Wednesday, December 2: Wednesday classes meet (Yom Kippur make-up)
Thursday, December 3: Thursday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)
Friday, December 4: Friday classes meet and Tuesday classes starting 4:00 & after meet (Thanksgiving and Yom Kippur eve. make-ups)
Read period runs from Saturday, December 5 through Tuesday, December 8. Exams start on Wednesday, December 9 and end on Friday, December 18.
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.
Pass/Fail Revocation Deadline. A student may revoke a pass/fail election and revert to standard letter grading up to the last day of classes for the semeter (Friday, December 4). To revoke a pass/fail election, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to the appropriate link in the lefthand menu.
Spring 2016 Schedule and Registration.
•Final Spring 2016 Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The final Spring 2016 class schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids are available by clicking here, or by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Spring 2016 Quick Guide link. Print copies are available on the table in the third-floor elevator bay.
•Registration Instructions. Registration will take place from Tuesday, November 24, 8:30am through Tuesday, December 1, 11:00pm. You may register at any time during that period. After the end of the initial 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.
To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the online registration site on or after Friday, December 4. Registering for a class during the initial registration period is no guarantee that you will be admitted into the class – you must check the web site on or after Friday, December 4 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.
•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2016 semester who need fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. In addition, if you will be graduating at the end of the Spring 2016 semester, and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contact me by email no later than Friday, January 29, 2016, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account. Please note: Financial aid is not available for any courses you take that are not necessary for you to reach the required 87 credits.
•Registration for First-Year Students. First-year Day Division students should register for Civil Procedure, Property, and Legal Writing 2 for the Spring semester. (Please be careful to register for the Civil Procedure and Property classes listed for your current section, and for the Legal Writing section taught by your current professor.) For their final course, full-time Day Division students should also register for one of the "1L Your Way" options listed below. First-year Evening Division students should register for Contracts and Legal Writing 2; Evening Division students may also register for the evening section of Property, or may defer Property to the Summer 2016 term.
1L Your Way. Full-time Day Division students should register for one of the following: (1) Legislation; (2) the Clinical Rotation (if you applied for and were selected for it); or (3) one of the designated elective courses listed on page 1 of the final class schedule. If you register for, but are not admitted into, an elective class, you will be able to register for Legislation or another available elective during the add/drop period. If you do not take Legislation in the Spring, you will be required to take it in Fall of your second year. You may also register for electives other than those listed above, if they fit into your schedule and you receive permission; contact Dean Sowle if you are interested in registering for such an elective.
• 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.
• The Clinical Rotation (2 credits). We were able to accept all students who applied for the Clinical Rotation. We will notify you prior to the start of registration as to the specific rotations you were selected for.
• An elective class. We have designated certain courses as automatically available for first-year students; see page 1 of the final class schedule for the list. 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 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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
•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.
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