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Spring 2016 Final Exams.

•Exam Schedule and Exam Number.  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 2016" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there.

•Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests: March 30-April 5. 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 30; the deadline for submitting an exam reschedule request is Thursday, April 5, 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 fixed exams at the same time, or has two or more fixed 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).

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 30-April 5. 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 30. 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 5, at 5:00 pm.

Summer 2016 Class Schedule and Registration. The Summer 2016 Schedule of Classes and Registration Bulletin will be available no later than Friday, April 1, through the Current Students Portal page (click on the Summer 2016 Quick Guide link under "Academics & Grades").

Registration for Summer classes will take place from Thursday, April 7, at 9:00 am through Tuesday, April 12, at 11:50 pm. You may register at any time during that period. To register beginning on April 9, go to the Summer 2016 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 15. 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 15 to learn what classes you have been admitted to.

The Summer add/drop period also begins on Friday, April 15. Starting on April 15, you may add open courses or drop courses using the online system. The add/drop period will run through Tuesday, May 31, at 11:50 pm.

Summer Note Writing Class. In an 8-week intensive course, the class teaches students how to write a note on a legal topic. Law firms value a published student note on the resume. Past students of the class have successfully published their papers in outside journals.  The class is expected to meet once a week (for 8 weeks) at a time so as not to conflict with 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.   Registration for the class will be done as Independent Research, for one credit (graded pass/fail).  The class is taught by IP Fellows under the supervision of Prof. Lee.  Space is limited to 20 students.   All JD students may apply; priority given to students interested in intellectual property.  The course requires significant time for individual research and writing outside of class and is not ideal for students who have summer jobs or other commitments during the 8 week period.   

To apply, email Patricia O’Neal at poneal@kentlaw.iit.edu the following: (1) cover letter explaining your interest in the writing course, what area of law you would like to research, and a list of the specific times Monday through Friday you are available and not available during the 8-week summer session, (2) resume, (3) transcript, and (4) writing sample.  Applications are due Friday, April 1, at 5:00 pm

Trial Team Tryouts 
Interested in receiving individual instruction on trial skills, making invaluable career connections with practicing attorneys, and having tons of FUN? Join Chicago-Kent's nationally ranked Trial Team! Tryouts are open to 1Ls and 2Ls and will be held Wednesday, March 30 beginning at 5:30 in the Marovitz Courtroom. Informational packets with everything you need to know are available on the 3rd floor outside the Spak, in the Marovitz Courtroom, and outside Judge Erickson's office (Rm 705). Email Ana Montelongo (amontelo@kentlaw.iit.edu) with any questions. 

Notice to Students in Substance Abuse Recovery (or who want to be). If you are in recovery for a substance abuse problem, or if you are not in recovery but would like help with a substance abuse problem, consider contacting the Lawyers Assistance Program. This confidential program exists to help lawyers, judges, and law students with alcohol abuse, drug dependency, or mental health problems. If you are already in recovery, there are weekly A.A. meetings at LAP's Chicago office on Tuesdays, 12:15-1:15 pm, and Thursdays, 12:15-1:15 pm, , at 20 S. Clark Street, Suite 1820. If you are not in recovery but would like to find out more about what LAP can do for you, call or stop by LAP's office, or go to their web site at http://www.illinoislap.org.

Reminder About IIT's Political Activity Policy. (From the IIT General Counsel's Office:) As a tax-exempt entity, IIT is prohibited from directly or indirectly participating or intervening in any campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for elective office, and IIT has an obligation to refrain from engaging in any partisan political activity. Violation of these prohibitions against such activities could jeopardize the university's tax-exempt status.

While individuals are free to express their opinions and to support political candidates on their own, it must be clear that the individual is acting on his or her own behalf and not on behalf of IIT. No one should identify himself or herself as an employee of IIT when supporting a candidate. If, when speaking or writing on behalf of a candidate someone is identified as an IIT faculty member or other employee, that individual should indicate prior to any speech or as part of any writing that the comments are personal and not intended to represent the views of IIT. Further, no individual or event may use the name, symbols or resources of the university in any way in connection with any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for political office.

Specific examples of impermissible activities include, but are not limited to (i) using university letterhead, campus mail, telephones or email accounts to solicit support or contributions for a candidate; (ii) using university funds to purchase tickets for a candidate's fund-raiser; and (iii) putting campaign posters on university property.

Political candidates may use or rent IIT facilities only if all candidates are allowed the opportunity to use or rent such facilities on equal terms and conditions.

Subject to certain conditions and restrictions, political candidates may be invited to speak at events without jeopardizing IIT’s tax-exempt status; however, no such invitation should be extended without the extending party first discussing the invitation with the General Counsel’s Office, so as to ensure that the invitation complies with applicable laws.

Certain voter education activities, including voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives, are permissible but only if they are undertaken in accordance with applicable rules and regulations and are conducted in a non-partisan manner. Again, before any such activities are undertaken, the initiating party should contact the General Counsel's Office.

Any questions about this policy should be directed to Anthony D. D'Amato, General Counsel, at 7-8821.


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