Exams and Papers

Contact Information

Students requesting to reschedule a final examination because of illness or some other unusual event must receive permission from the Associate Dean for Student Affairs or the Law School Registrar.  Students must not contact or otherwise discuss postponing an examination with the instructor (See “Blind Grading Policy” information below).  Students with questions regarding examinations may consult first with the SLS Office of the Registrar.

Examination Information

See Academic Calendar for end-quarter examination periods. Students can choose the day during the examination period on which to take each of their remote and one-day take-home examinations. The Office of the Registrar will determine the start times for examinations.

Failure to sit for an examination: A student who is absent from an examination session without prior permission from the Associate Dean for Student Affairs will receive a failing grade for the course.

See the Law School Student Handbook for a complete description of examination procedures.

Examination Schedules and Procedures

Law School examinations are conducted in accordance with the University’s Honor Code, described in the Student Handbook. During examinations, the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and the Office of the Registrar are available to answer questions regarding the Honor Code or the parameters of the examination. Students cannot contact the instructor directly during the examination, even if questions arise regarding interpretation of the examination. Instead, they should state their assumption and answer the question.


Important Announcement To Students Regarding Final Exams for Autumn Quarter 2022-2023 (TBA)


Blind Grading Policy

All examinations are graded on a “blind” basis. Each quarter, students are assigned a number by the Law School Office of the Registrar for each of their final examinations and must use that number for identification on the appropriate final examination that quarter. Instructors are not allowed to learn the identity of any examination-taker prior to turning in their final grades to the Office of the Registrar, and students should not attempt to identify themselves in the examination or at any point between the examination and the time the instructor submits his or her final grades to the Registrar. Any attempt to contact an instructor about an exam between the regularly scheduled exam date and the date the exam grades are posted may be interpreted as a violation of the Honor Code and/or the Fundamental Standard.

If class participation is part of a grade, it is factored into the grade only after the instructor has submitted the blind graded examination grade to the Registrar.

NOTE: Papers are not graded on a blind basis.

Remote Examinations (all exams are administered remotely during the pandemic)

The instructor determines the length of the examination (which can be 3, 4 or 8 hours).

Remote exams are open book and students are permitted to access any kind of written or on-line material.

Take-Home Examinations

A take-home examination is defined as an examination that is completed outside the classroom. Take-home examinations are remotely administered.  Students will retrieve and upload their exam answers via the canvas site. There are two kinds of take-home examinations: one-day take-home examinations and extended take-home examinations.

One-Day Take-Home Examinations

A one-day take-home examination is available at 8:30 a.m. the first day of the exam period.  It can be taken anytime, anywhere during the examination period.  Take-home exams are set for 8 hours to complete. The Office of the Registrar monitors all take-home exams. One-day take-home examinations are open-book, but students may not discuss a one-day examination among themselves unless the instructor specifically grants permission to do so.

Extended Take-Home Examinations

An extended take-home examination is taken over a much longer period of time. The examination is usually available on the last regularly scheduled day of classes. It will be available remotely on canvas site and the exam is due on the last scheduled day of the examination period. Extended take-home examinations are open-book and instructors must permit full discussion among students about the examination if it is an extended take-home examination.

Reviewing Examination Answers and Model Answers

Instructors will be contacted by the Office of the Registrar to return graded essay exams within two weeks of the date exam grades are due. After that date, students may review their examination answers. Please press the link below to see which examination answers will be available for review. Instructors are advised to write comments on individual examination answers or provide model answers to the examination questions. In addition, model answers for certain courses are available on Digital Reserves in the Law Library.

Examination Answers Available for Review