Examinations - General Information
Examinations - General Information
Examination schedules are posted by the Registrar's Office. Students are responsible for verifying the date, time and place of their examinations. Students must be available for the entire examination period, including scheduled deviation dates, for their year/division in case an exam must be rescheduled because of a weather-related or other emergency. If a student is unavoidably detained and is late for an examination, he or she should contact the Registrar's Office immediately upon arrival on campus to make alternate arrangements.
The exam period normally covers two weeks or some significant portion thereof. At the discretion of the Registrar, regular and/or deviated exams may be scheduled on Saturdays or Sundays during the exam period, subject to accommodation for religious observance.
The exam schedule for a given semester will be published with the schedule of courses and will be available prior to registration. It will indicate the type of exam (proctored or take-home) for each course and, if an exam is proctored, the schedule will indicate the date and time of the examination. Proctored exams will be scheduled so that courses meeting at different times do not have simultaneous or overlapping exams. The fact that a student's course selections, however, result in multiple exams in a single day or other short period will not provide grounds for a deviation (see Exam Deviations).
All exams are either proctored or take-home. Proctored exams are limited to three hours in duration, include reading time. This limit applies regardless of the number of credit hours allocated to the course. Exceptions may be made only for international exchange and LL.M. students, and students with documented disabilities that require accommodation (see Additional Time for International Students and Disability Accommodations). Take-home exams are limited to 24 hours in duration and may be self-scheduled by the student anytime during the take-home exam period. No special software or sign up is required for take home exams completed on student laptops.
At the discretion of the instructor, proctored exams may be taken on students' personal laptop computers or, subject to availability, Law School laptop computers. Students wishing to take proctored exams on laptops will be required to sign up for the same by a date certain, sufficiently in advance of the exam period to enable the Registrar's Office to determine space needs and make appropriate room assignments. Students will also be required to download and test all necessary exam software prior to the examination. Students who fail to sign up to take an exam on a computer by the applicable deadline, or who fail to download the necessary software in advance, will be required to hand-write the exam. Additionally, any laptop failure or malfunction during the exam will require the student to hand write the (remainder) of the exam.
Students are provided with exam numbers for each exam. This is to provide for anonymous grading by the instructor. To maintain this anonymity, students should not include personally identifiable information on their exam materials. Students should also not contact the instructor to discuss any exam issue (prior to the release of student grades). Students are directed to contact the Registrar's Office with any technical, procedural or other exam issue. The Registrar will contact the instructor (as necessary) to resolve the issue using the student anonymous exam number.
More detailed exam information is available on the Registrar site, found here.