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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.

The class schedule for the final week of classes is as follows:

Monday, November 28: Monday classes meet (Labor Day make-up)
Tuesday, November 29: Monday classes meet (Rosh Hashanah make-up)
Wednesday, November 30: Wednesday classes meet (Yom Kippur make-up)
Thursday, December 1: Thursday classes meet (Thanksgiving make-up)
Friday, December 2: Friday classes meet and Tuesday classes starting 4:00 & after meet (Thanksgiving and Yom Kippur eve. make-ups)

Read period runs from Saturday, December 3 through Tuesday, December 6. Exams start on Wednesday, December 7 and end on Friday, December 16.

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.

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.

Spring 2017 Schedule and Registration. 

Spring 2017 Schedule and Registration Bulletin. The final Spring 2017 class schedule and the Registration Bulletin are available by clicking here, or by going to the Current Students Portal page and clicking on the Spring 2017 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 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.

To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the online registration site on or after Friday, December 2. 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 2 to learn what classes you have been admitted into.

Exam Information. Information about exams -- which exams will be fixed, self-scheduled, and take-home, and the dates of fixed exams -- will be provided prior to the start of the Spring semester. (Under our current procedures, we need enrollment information for elective courses before determining which category they fall into.)

Intersession classes. Please note that we will have several January intersession classes offered in the week prior to the start of the Spring semester -- see pages 13 and 14 of the class schedule for a list of intersession classes. Note: First-year students may not take January intersession classes.

•Graduating Students: Reduced Loads and Tuition Discounts. Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2017 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 2017 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 Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 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 fourth 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, Property, and Legal Writing 2. (Please note: We will not be offering Property in the Summer 2017 term, so all first-year evening students should register for it in the Spring, along with Contracts and Legal Writing 2.)

1L Your Way. Full-time Day Division students should register for one of the following as their fourth course: (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. If you elect to take Legislation in the Spring, please register for Prof. Sowle’s section if you are in the Legal Writing sections taught by Profs. Johnson, Healey, Godfrey, or Strubbe; please register for Prof. Heyman’s section if you are in the Legal Writing sections taught by Profs. Kreis, De Armond, Ehrenberg, or Streseman.

• 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 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 ( 

•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.

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