Exams and Grades
Date Approved and/or Revised
March 13, 2013; July 30, 213 (revised); November 8, 2017 (revised); April 21, 2021 (revised)
Examination Numbers. Students use exam numbers on mid-term and final exams to preserve anonymity in the grading process. Numbers change each semester and each term of the summer session and are available on the law school webpage under MyTechLaw.
Students will be notified when exam numbers become available. Students should also use their exam numbers in turning in papers unless instructed otherwise by the professor. The list of exam numbers is kept by the Law School Registrar and is not available to faculty until grades are reported for the semester.
Examination Procedures. Law school staff members administer final exams. Other types of exams, such as class quizzes and mid-term exams, may be administered by staff members or by faculty members.
For final exams, students should report to the room shown on the exam schedule. The staff member will assign students to other rooms as necessary to accommodate everyone in the class and will time all of the rooms used separately. Students should bring No. 2 pencils to an exam if the professor has advised them that the exam will include multiple choice questions to be answered on a computer-graded answer sheet. Bluebooks, answer sheets, and scratch paper will be furnished by the law school. If the professor allows students to use computers for an exam, the students should load the exam software on their computers prior to arriving for the exam. Students who arrive at the exam room without having downloaded the software previously will be required to use bluebooks to take the exam.
Students are not allowed to have any cell phone, digital pager, or other electronic device in any exam room during final exams, other than computers if the instructor permits completion of the exam by computer. Emergency calls for students taking exams should be routed through the front office of the law school.
A student who takes an exam by computer must submit the exam electronically no later than the time at which the exam ends and before leaving the testing location. Failure to comply may result in the student receiving the grade of "F."
The Honor System. All types of examinations at the law school are given under the honor system. Students pledge that they will follow the Honor Code when they enter law school. Details of the honor system are contained in the Honor Code.
Examination Administration: Timing. Students must take examinations at the time scheduled unless prior authorization for a change in time is granted by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs on the basis of exceptional circumstances, in which case students may be given the same or a different examination at a rescheduled time (after, not before, the originally scheduled exam time). Students must request changes directly from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or the Registrar and must NOT contact their professors.
If prior authorization is not obtained but a student is unable to take an examination at the scheduled time because of serious illness or injury (attested to by a physician) or because of other critical circumstances not due to the student's own fault and beyond his or her control, the student shall give notice to the law school of such inability as soon as is feasible. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs may then authorize the administration of the same or a different examination at a rescheduled time. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will enter a grade of "F" (0.0) for the examination if he or she determines that a student's failure to take the examination as scheduled was not justified.
Except under unusual circumstances, grades for final exams will not be disclosed to students individually or otherwise until after all scheduled exams have been completed.
Anonymity. The official policy of the law school is that examinations and papers submitted in lieu of written examinations shall be identified and graded through the use of a number on the paper rather than the student's name, unless preservation of student anonymity is not possible. To protect anonymity, a student should not speak to his or her professor about a final exam until the grade for the course has been recorded on the student's transcript.
Final Exam Schedule. A final exam schedule is included in registration materials for each academic period so that students will be aware of the schedule for final exams in their courses. Students may reschedule a final exam if their schedules have either two exams scheduled for the same day and time or more than two exams scheduled on two consecutive calendar days. If either of these two situations occurs, students may postpone one of the exams to the next open day on their schedules, if they request rescheduling by the deadline announced by the Registrar. A student may request that a particular exam be rescheduled, but the Registrar will make the determination.
Missing an Exam or Arriving Late for an Exam. A student who misses an exam because of emergency or error may be allowed to reschedule only if approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. A student who arrives late for an exam will be given full time only if approved by the Associate Dean.
Re-Examination. Re-examination is not allowed.
Additional Time on Examinations. The law school does not provide additional time on examinations for J.D. students based on the students' lack of facility with the English language.