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Fall 2016 Registration. 

Prelminary Fall 2016 Schedule. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2016 semester is available on the Fall 2016 Quick Guide page. Print copies are available in the third floor elevator bay. Some additions and corrections may be made before the schedule is finalized.

Praxis Certificate Program - Attention 1Ls!  Considering your course registration options for fall? Do you learn well by "doing," and want to distinguish yourself with potential employers? 

Consider the Praxis Certificate. The Praxis Certificate is designed for students who are interested in fully embracing a practice or experience-based course of study, including simulation courses, clinics, and externships.  In addition to completing 24 credits in approved experiential coursework, Praxis students learn about some of the most important “practice competencies” of successful attorneys, chart their progress toward developing these skills, and learn how to package and market their experience to potential employers. As part of the required 24 credits, Praxis students also complete the required course "Practice and Professionalism," which satisfies the school's professional responsibility requirements.  

Online enrollment is required, but does not a commit a student to complete the program. The program is open to all day and evening students with at least three semesters of study remaining as of Fall 2016.  Students may enroll in Praxis concurrently with other Chicago-Kent certificate programs. For more information, or to enroll online, visit:  Please contact Professor Van Neste (f/k/a Aidasani) at if you have any questions.

Spring 2016 Updated Final Exam Information. This information can also be found online here

General Procedures for Exams
Spring 2016 Exams: Wednesday, May 4 - Friday, May 13

Exams occur during a 9-day period following read period.   To find your current final exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to "Spring 2016" link under the "Schedule" heading in the left hand menu.

There are 3 types of Exams

Fixed Exams
First-year courses and other selected courses will have fixed exams. Students will report to designated classrooms on specified days and times for the exam. The date and time are listed on your Exam Schedule in Web for Students.

Self-Scheduled Exams
Self-Scheduled exams can be taken at anytime during the Examination Period (Spring 2016: May 4-May 13).  You will choose the date and time that you wish to take the exam.  You do not need to preschedule the exam time.

Self-Scheduled exams may be picked up from the Exam Administration Office (room 305).  

  • Monday-Friday: Between 9:00am and 5:45pm.  
  • Saturday: Between 9:00am and 11:00am
  • No exams are given on Sunday

You must present photo identification to pick up your paper exam. Your exam will be time stamped and you will then proceed to one of the designated Self-Schedule exam rooms to take your exam using SoftTest.  SoftTest will record a download time for the exam as well as an upload time for the exam.  

Once you download the exam in SoftTest, you must complete the exam.  When you have uploaded your exam answer, return the exam questions to the Exam Administration Office (room 305).

Take Home Exams
Take home exams are given through the Registrar’s office.  In many situations your professor may give you the exam during class and have you return it to the Registrar’s office.  In other situations, you will need to pick up and return the exam to the Registrar’s office.  Please speak with your professor regarding the rules around take home exams.


  • Students are required to take all exams on a laptop computer unless instructed otherwise.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to have all computer equipment in good working order at each exam. Students should reboot their computers and scan for viruses before the exam period begins.
  • For additional information regarding computer policies, please refer to the ITS website here:

During the Exam period (May 4-May 13) you are not allowed to communicate with anyone about any aspect of the examination.  Students will be asked to sign an Affirmation of Non-disclosure.  Any violation of this policy will result in a formal complaint to the Dean resulting in a Code of Conduct hearing.

Exam Times
While in the Examsoft program your download time and upload time will appear and be documented, you are responsible for knowing how much time is allotted for you to take your exam and for complying with that time.

Date/time sheets and download/upload times will be reviewed for apparent time violations and those with apparent time violations will be referred to the professor.

All students must abide by the rules stated in each exam, this includes the time of the exam (number of hours) as well as the items that you are allowed to use during an exam.  Failure to abide by the rules governing each exam will result in a formal complaint to the Dean resulting in a Code of Conduct hearing.

Exam Numbers
Exam numbers are assigned anew for each exam period. You must use the exam number, not your name or student identification number, on examination papers, envelopes and electronic files. You may confirm your exam number in Web for Students. Proctors will also be able to confirm exam numbers during fixed exam times.

A student must not identify himself or herself by name, social security number, or any other designation or symbol anywhere on the examination questions or answer book or sheet; only the examination number assigned to the student should be used. A student should not disclose the examination number to the instructor, either directly or indirectly, until the instructor has submitted the final grades for the course. Failure to comply with these provisions may be a violation of the Code of Conduct, which appears in Section XIX of this Handbook (see §2-1(e) of the Code).

Classroom Use
The following rooms will be available for self-scheduled exams

  • C20
  • C25
  • C35
  • C40
  • C50
  • 345
  • 355
  • 370
  • 760

The fifth floor will only be used for fixed exams.  Students will not be allowed to use the 5th floor for self-scheduled exams

All designated self-scheduled classrooms are “unlimited access” rooms and can be quietly entered into and departed from at any time during the examination period for the purpose of writing a final exam. Exam rooms should not be used as quiet study space or to take practice exams. Students who use the exam rooms for other purposes will be asked to leave.

A note about ear plugs and headphones: If you are taking an exam in one of the designated classrooms, you may not use headphones or other electronic devices to block sound. To ensure a quiet exam environment, you may use earplugs.

Missing an Examination
Students are expected to take examinations when scheduled, even though ill or inconvenienced. However, for serious illness or other extraordinary or compelling reason beyond the control of the student, a student may be excused from taking the exam at its scheduled time. Day Division students will not be excused from an examination for a job-related reason. 
A student must notify the Director of Academic Administration and Student Affairs at the earliest possible time in advance of the exam, if the reason for missing the exam is known to the student in advance. When prior notice is not possible, the student must contact the Director of Academic Administration and Student Affairs or the Assistant Dean for Academic Administration and Student Affairs as soon during or after the examination as possible to explain the failure to take the examination and, when permitted, to arrange for a makeup examination and/or an Incomplete. Failure to notify the Director of Academic Administration and Student Affairs or the Assistant Dean before grades are submitted will result in the student receiving a failing grade.

Student Conduct During Examinations
Student conduct during examinations is subject to the Chicago-Kent Code of Conduct, which is set forth in Section XIX of this Handbook.



Academic Calendar Reminder. Please note the following dates for the closing period of the semester:
Last day of classes: Friday, April 29 (Monday classes meet, King Birthday make-up)
Read Period: Saturday, April 30 - Tuesday, May 3 
Exam Period: Wednesday, May 4 - Friday, May 13

Summer 2016 Registration. The registration system has now reopened for Summer 2016 classes. There were no oversubscribed classes, so if you registered during the initial registration period, you were admitted into the classes(es) you registered for. The add/drop period for the Summer will extend through Thursday, June 2, at 11:50 pm -- unless otherwise noted in the Summer schedule, you may add an open class, or drop a class and receive a tuition refund, through that date. Click here for links to the Summer schedule and the online registration system.
Deadline for Revoking Pass/Fail Elections. The deadline for revoking pass/fail elections for the Spring semester is Friday, April 29, at 5:00pm.

Dean's Certificate for Illinois Bar. We will mail a Dean's Certificate to the Illinois bar examiners for every graduating student after final grades for the Spring semester are received and processed, and we can confirm completion of all graduation requirements. We compile the list of graduating students from the list of those who submitted Applications for Graduation listing Spring 2016 as their final semester.

Bar Exams in Other Jurisdictions. If you plan to take a bar exam outside of Illinois, you should provide the Registrar with appropriate forms for the Law School to complete as soon as possible.
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.


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