Final Exams Policies and Guidelines
Below are some guidelines you must follow when taking your law school exams. This list is not intended to be all inclusive, but it does highlight the most common areas of concern.
- All students are required to read and electronically sign a Student Certification of Examination Performance Agreement each semester when retrieving their exam numbers.
- Cell phones, watches with Internet capabilities, mp3 players, and any other electronic devices, including noise canceling headphones, (with the exception of computers running Extegrity Exam4) are NOT ALLOWED in the exam room. During the exam, visible electronics will be confiscated and turned in to the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs.
- EXTEGRITY users who experience a computer malfunction during an exam must notify the proctor immediately. Do not attempt to reboot on your own. You will be given materials to start writing your exam and an SAO staff member will be notified to reboot your computer. If the reboot is unsuccessful, the remainder of the exam period must be written by hand.
- All students (both typists and writers) will be combined in exam rooms.
- Any student arriving after an exam has commenced will be penalized on a minute-by-minute basis. In other words, a student arriving late gets no additional time on the exam.
- No smoking, chewing tobacco, or eating is allowed during exams. Only drinks in closed containers are allowed.
- Read and follow the exam directions carefully. Failure to comply with all directions is an Honor Code violation and will subject you to disciplinary action.
- When the proctor says, “stop,” you must stop instantly. This means that you cannot finish dotting an “i” or crossing a “t”. Failure to stop writing when “stop” is called is an Honor Code violation.
- Some professors allow their students to take exam questions out of the room upon completion of their exams. Some do not. Please read and follow each professor’s instructions. If you are required to return the questions for a particular exam, but you inadvertently or otherwise take the questions out of the room with you, it is an Honor Code violation; you should immediately contact the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs.
- If part of or all of your exam is to be answered on a Scantron form, please bring a #2 pencil with you. You must also bubble in all of your answers during the allotted time. Allow yourself sufficient time to finish prior to time being called.
- If you observe anyone not following instructions, using unauthorized materials, writing beyond the allotted time, you are immediately to report the incident to the proctor, as well as to the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs. While it is difficult to report an alleged violation, you must do so to maintain the integrity of the exam process. It is an Honor Code violation if you do not report any alleged violation of exam rules. If you lose exam time while reporting a violation and need it, you will be allowed to make it up.
- You may not leave the room during the exam except to use the restroom or in case of emergency. If you leave the room, you cannot remove anything from the room and you will not be compensated with extra time. If you leave the room during the exam, you must sign in and out with the proctor.
- If you are typing a floating or take-home exam, please be sure to save your document every five minutes. This will ensure that any computer problems will cause only a minimal loss. Please allow sufficient time to print exams. Printing time, including printer problems, is included in the allotted exam time.
- Floating exams must be taken within the exam period. They may not be taken before the first day of the exam period (refer to the SAO Final Exam Schedule for applicable dates), nor may they extend past 4:30 p.m. on the last day of the regular exam period (the regular exam period does not include the final Friday of the exam period, which is reserved for postponed exams).
- For exams that are administered in a classroom, which are non-floating and non-take-home, a laptop cannot be used to access notes or an outline. Make sure that you print such materials prior to exam time if you are allowed to use them and want to do so.
- Laptops checked out from the library may not be used to take in-room exams because the software cannot be loaded to these computers. The exam software can be loaded only to personally owned laptops.
- If you need to postpone an exam, check the postponed exam page.
Rules regarding exams are found in the Law School Catalog. All students are expected to uphold the Honor Code. Additionally, the Institutional Rules in the General Information Catalog also govern scholastic dishonesty.