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Academic Calendar Reminder. Thanksgiving vacation runs from Thursday, November 24, through Sunday, November 27. Classes resume on Monday, November 28. The library will close at 6:00pm on Wednesday, November 23; the building will close at 10:00pm. The building and the library will be closed on Thankgiving Day and on Friday and Saturday, November 25 and 26. Regular building and library hours will resume on Sunday, November 27.

Pass/Fail Revocation Deadline. A student may revoke a pass/fail election and revert to standard letter grading up to Thursday, December 1, 5:00pm. To revoke a pass/fail election, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to the appropriate link in the lefthand menu.

Spring 2017 Schedule and Registration. The Spring 2017 class schedule, the Registration Bulletin, and the course and exam grids will be issued this Thursday, November 17, and will be posted here and through the Current Students Portal page. Print copies will be available on the table near the third floor elevators. 

Registration will take place from Tuesday, November 22, 8:30am through Tuesday, November 29, 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.

Full registration instructions, including instructions for first-year students, will accompany the final schedule. Note to full-time first year students: Information about the 1L Your Way program is provided further down on page (scroll to the bottom).

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 evening version of the final Fall ASP workshop (rescheduled from last week) will be held this Tuesday, November 15, 7:35-8:25pm (Rm. 210). (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.)

Trial Team Open House. Do you want to be part of Chicago-Kent's Trial Team, ranked #3 in the country by U.S. News and World Report? Then come to the Trial Team Open House on Tuesday, November 15, 6:00-8:00 pm in the Front Lobby. Meet students on the team as well as the trial lawyers and sitting judges who coach them. Enjoy some pizza and beer and find out what it's like to be on a winning team. All 1Ls and 2Ls interested in trying out for Trial Team are invited to attend. Please RSVP to Ana Montelongo amontelo@kentlaw.iit.edu

Lawyers Assistance Program: Office Hours at Chicago-Kent. The Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) will be holding Fall office hours at Chicago-Kent on the dates listed below. LAP provides free and confidential assistance to members of the Illinois legal community, including students, and can help you with issues of addiction, stress, anxiety, depression, focusing, worries about the character and fitness process, and having a successful first-year transition. Click here for more information about LAP and the services it provides.

The remaining dates for Fall office hours are:

-Monday, November 14
-Friday, December 9

All office hours are from 10:00-2:00 in Rm. 285 (located in the southeast corner of the second floor; from the second floor atrium, go through the elevator bay and turn right). Walk-ins are welcome, or you can make an appointment by emailing Jamie Dureno at jdureno@illinoislap.org.

All discussion is confidential, and there is no record of your visit. The LAP clinician will also have literature and resources on hand to address many ethical or bar application related questions. No member of the Chicago-Kent administration is involved, ensuring absolute confidentiality.

Fall 2016 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 2016" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your exam number is also provided there.

Exam Types and Distribution. There are three types of exams:

Fixed Exams: First-year courses and certain other courses will have fixed exams. Students will report to designated classrooms on specified days and times for these exams. The dates and times are listed on your Exam Schedule in Web for Students (see above).

Self-Scheduled Exams: Self-Scheduled exams can be taken at anytime during the examination period (December 7-16). 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 (Rm. 305) as follows:

    Monday-Friday: between 9:00am and 5:45pm 

    Saturday: between 9:00am and 11:00am

   No exams are given on Sunday

Please note: These times are pick-up times, not return times. For example, if you pick up a 3-hour exam at 5:45pm on a weekday, you will have the full 3 hours to complete the exam and must return it by 8:45pm.

You must present photo identification to pick up your 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 (Rm. 305).

Take Home Exams: Take-Home exams are given through the Registrar’s office. In some 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. Important notes: You must pick up and return take-home exams yourself; you may not have another person do so on your behalf. In addition, you may not submit your take-home exam answers by email; you must submit then in print form to the Registrar's office.

•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 2016 exams.
  • The SofTest software for exams will be available for download beginning November 14, 2016.
  • 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 El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and Lion are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams on computer at Chicago-Kent.
  • 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.


To avoid any technical or computer difficulties, please make sure you bring the following items with you to the exam.

  • The contents of your ExamSoft Registration confirmation email

  • Your laptop power cord

  • Note: Use of a standard Ethernet network cable is encouraged in areas where there are ports available.

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, including to students who do not own a laptop. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Jenna Abhijeet 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.

Joke of the Week. What do Alexander the Great and Winnie the Pooh have in common? Their middle names.

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