Taking Law School ExamsExams are administered by the Law School's Office of Student Records.
I. General Guidelines1. You need a computer generated exam identification number (Exam ID) for each exam. To obtain your list of Exam ID numbers:
If you have any trouble accessing your Exam ID numbers, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the Law School's Office of Student Records (416 Hutchins Hall) as soon as possible.2. Please refer to the appropriate term's Final Exam Schedule for dates, times, and rooms for your exams. The Final Exam Schedule is posted in the lobby of the Law School's Office of Student Records (416 Hutchins Hall); on the Hutchins Hall first-floor bulletin board across from the elevator; and at the "Exams" link on the Law School Office of Student Records' website.3. Report to the exam room twenty-five (25) minutes prior to the exam start time. Students who arrive after that time may be asked to go to the Office of Student Life. Be sure that you are reporting to the correct room for your exam, based on the alphabetical splits listed on the final exam schedule.
4. If you arrive after the exam has started, do not enter the exam room. Instead, go directly to the Law School's Office of Student Life (316 Hutchins Hall) to see David Baum, Assistant Dean for Student Life. Students who arrive in the exam room after the proctor begins to announce laptop exam instructions (approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled exam start time) are considered LATE and will be sent to the Office of Student Life.
5. If laptop usage is allowed at an exam, only one laptop per student is allowed in the exam room. Additional external monitors are not permitted. All laptops must have an AC power cord plugged into an electrical outlet.6. The proctor will provide exam procedure information. Pay special attention to these announcements!7. Law school exams are anonymous, and self-identification of any kind is not permitted. Do NOT put your name, UMID number, class level or personal comments (which might identify you) anywhere on your exam. Additionally, once an exam has begun (either in-class or take-home), you are expected to maintain your anonymity until the professor submits the grades for that class. Therefore, you must not contact professors with specific questions or comments about an examination which could compromise your anonymity either during the exam itself or between the time the exam concludes until grades have been posted for the class. Instead, pressing questions or concerns about an exam that arise between the time the exam has started and the time grades for that class are published should be addressed to Jane Ozanich (Registrar and Director of Student Records), Dean Baum, or Darren Nealy (Directory of Student Services). They will work with the professor to determine how to appropriately address the issue in a way which preserves anonymity.8. Sit every other seat in the exam room.
9. Internet access is normally not permitted during any exam (unless it is specifically stated as allowed). At exams that prohibit Internet access, students are on their honor to not access information on the Internet during the exam.10. Do not converse in the exam room. Electronic communication between students is strictly prohibited at all exams.
11. Students must turn-off the ringers/buzzers on all watches, cell phones, personal digital assistant (PDA) devices, and pagers. Cell phones, "smart watches," PDAs, and pagers must be stored out of sight. Cell phones are NOT allowed to be used as calculators at exams that allow calculators.12. Digital music players, radios, and other types of portable media playing equipment are not permitted in exam rooms. Students may not listen to music during the exam.
13. Noise-cancelling head phones are not permitted in exam rooms. Ear plugs will be available from the proctor.14. Briefcases, backpacks, and purses must be kept on the floor, at the owner's feet, during the exam.15. Any materials taken into an exam room must remain in clear sight of the proctor.16. Your exam will be given to you face down; do not turn over the exam until you are told to do so by the proctor.17. When the exam requires you to complete a computer scantron sheet, drop the "E" (this is the only time you will do this) and write your Exam ID number in the lower left section under "UM ID Number" and blacken the appropriate circles. Do NOT put your name or any other identifying information on the scantron sheet.18. Report immediately to the proctor if you become ill during the exam. Do not wait until the exam is over.19. Some Law School clocks do not function properly. Rely on the proctors as the official timekeepers.20. You may leave the exam room without permission from the proctor. Do not take the exam or any materials with you. During an exam, you may not communicate with others from that class inside or outside of the exam room, as this will be considered cheating and a violation of the Law School's Standards of Academic Conduct.
21. Only limited types of food are permitted to be brought in to the exam room. Generally, food that can be quietly eaten and cannot be smelled by others in the room is permissible. Energy or breakfast bars (already unwrapped), bagels or donuts are acceptable. Any food that is loud when eaten (like nuts, crunchy fruits, potato chips, or carrots) or is aromatic (like oranges or fried food) is prohibited. Water and other beverages in re-closable cups or containers are permitted.22. Report problems (general or personal) to the proctor.23. Report cheating or other significant complaints to the proctor.24. At the approach of the end of the exam, a thirty (30) minute warning and a ten (10) minute warning will be announced.25. When the "STOP TYPING or STOP WRITING" command is given, you must stop typing or writing immediately! Failure to stop upon the final command will result in charges of exam procedure violation and the extra time will be reported to the professor.26. At the end of the exam, if you still need to write your identifying information on any of the exam materials or number your bluebooks, you must do so in front of the proctor when you hand in your exam materials.
27. You MUST return the exam questions to the proctor at every exam. Failure to return the exam questions to the proctor can result in course failure or grade reduction.28. Noise is distracting. Once you have handed your exam materials to the proctor, return to your seat, quietly collect your belongings and leave the exam room. Care should be taken not to slam doors or make noise when leaving the exam room. Do not loiter in the hallway to talk with fellow students. Clear the hallway as quickly as possible. Be considerate of fellow students who are still taking exams!
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II. Laptop Exam GuidelinesLaptop computers are a very important tool for law students. The vast majority of students use them to write answers to essay questions on in-class examinations. If you are not already comfortable typing on a keyboard, we recommend that you take steps to become so in order to give yourself the option of using a laptop for in-class essay examinations. If you choose not to use a laptop computer for examinations, you will be permitted to hand write your answers. Separate guidelines for hand writers appear below in Section III. Hand Writing Exam Guidelines.1. Students are responsible for providing their own equipment.2. If you do not have a laptop or yours is broken and you wish to type your in-class essay exams, consider renting a laptop from Computer Alley (4395 Jackson Rd., 734.769.8230) or borrowing one from a friend. Rented or Borrowed Laptops: If you are renting or borrowing a laptop to take exams, please see an IT staff member to move all exams taken on that laptop to the network before returning the laptop to its owner or vendor.3. The current version of the Electronic Bluebook (EBB) exam software must be installed on the laptop that you intend to use for in-class essay exams. Please see the EBB website for EBB General Information, Technical and Minimum System Requirements, and "Installation Instructions."4. The current version of the Electronic Bluebook (EBB) exam software is v. 4.00.0023 (Windows 7-10) and v. 2.07.0021 (Mac OSX 10.7.5-10.11x).
The version number can be found at the bottom of the Welcome screen in EBB. If *new* versions of EBB are released, an announcement will be made on M Law Live.
5. The most current version of EBB -- v. 4.00.0023 (Windows) and v. 2.07.0021 (Mac) -- must be used by students who plan to type their in-class essay exams.
6. The current version of the Electronic Bluebook (EBB) exam software is available from the EBB download and information website. The EBB website address is: http://www.law.umich.edu/currentstudents/informationtechnology/laptops/EBB/Pages/default.aspx. The EBB website is the only site from which you can download the current version of the EBB software. Instructions for Downloading, Installing, Testing, and Configuring EBB are available on the EBB website, as well as EBB General Information, EBB FAQs, Laptop Settings for EBB exams, and EBB Safety Tips.7. The Electronic Bluebook (EBB) program is available on flash drive for students who are unable to download EBB through the Internet. Please bring your laptop to an IT Help Desk for assistance. IT Help Desks are located in LR-331 (behind the Reading Room Information Desk) (Monday-Friday; 8:30am-4:30pm) and the Law Library, Room S110A (Monday-Friday; 8:30-11:30am).8. Following ALL of the instructions on the EBB website under "Installation Instructions" (including testing and configuring EBB) is strongly recommended for safe exam taking. The 4 steps for Downloading, Installing, Testing, and Configuring the Windows version of EBB are: (1) Download and Install EBB, (2) Test Blocked & Unblocked EBB, (3) Configure Laptop Exam Power Settings Profile, and (4) Disable Screensaver and Hibernation. Please see the EBB website for detailed instructions for each step. An EBB Configuration Program for Windows that automates steps 3 and 4 is available at the "Laptop Settings" link on the EBB website. Mac EBB users: please just download, install, and test EBB.
9. There is not a specific EBB installation deadline, but we strongly urge you to update to the most current version of EBB and test EBB in both Blocked and Unblocked modes well before your first laptop exam so that the IT staff can assist you if you encounter problems. IT Help Desks are located in LR-331 (behind the Reading Room Information Desk) (Monday-Friday; 8:30am-4:30pm) and the Law Library, Room S110A (Monday-Friday; 8:30-11:30am).10. Make sure to restart your laptop on the day of your exam, particularly if you have not restarted or powered it off in several days. Like most programs, EBB can run sluggishly if your computer has been on for a long period of time without a restart. Please restart your laptop well BEFORE reporting to the exam room to avoid delays.
11. Bring your laptop AC power cord and plug it in. Do not rely on your battery!12. Make sure your battery is fully charged, in case you need it as a back-up.13. Please mute your speaker volume before the start of an exam.14. Do not click the "Start Exam" button in EBB until the proctor gives this direction.
15. At the conclusion of the exam, please upload your exam file from your hard drive to the Submit Exams website.
16. Wireless cards are not required, but they are strongly recommended. Wireless cards are recommended so that your exam can be uploaded to the Submit Exams website and saved to the Law School network. Regardless of wireless connectivity, exams are saved to your hard drive automatically every 30 seconds during an exam. Without a wireless card, you will be unable to upload your exam file to the Submit Exams website at the end of the exam and your exam will not save to the Law School network.
17. Wireless users: EBB should automatically take you to the Submit Exams Web site at the conclusion of the exam. If for some reason this does not happen, signs will be posted in the exam rooms with the address to the Submit Exams' site. After a laptop exam ends, please upload your exam file from your hard drive to the Submit Exams Web site, EVEN IF you get a green screen which indicates that your exam saved to the Law School network. If necessary, reestablish a Network connection after the exam has ended so that you can complete this important step.18. EBB runs in two distinct modes: Unblocked and Blocked. Unblocked means that you can access files on your laptop for research during the exam. Blocked means that you won't be able to access files on your laptop during the exam.
If you have a wireless card, please turn it ON for both types of exams (Blocked AND Unblocked).
In the exam room, as soon as possible, students with wireless cards should connect to one of the following wireless networks so that the exam can be saved to the Law School network: MWireless - or - MGuestIf you are connected to MWireless, the additional step of logging in is unnecessary.
Connect/log-in to a wireless network prior to opening EBB. Do NOT click the "Start Exam" button in EBB until the proctor gives this direction.
22. What to Do in the Event of a Computer Problem at an Exam:
Students can use the EBB Recovery Feature. If your laptop crashes during the exam and EBB restarts, EBB will present you with the following message: Windows:
Ensure your exam is selected from the dropdown menu, then click the "Re-enter Exam" button to resume your exam.Mac:
Click "Yes." EBB should resume the exam.In an effort to minimize the instances where students who intended to type their exam in EBB must resort to hand writing in bluebooks due to laptop failure at an exam, the Law School offers students the opportunity to type the remainder of their exam in EBB. Students may choose to continue hand writing their exam in bluebooks if they wish—bluebooks will be available from the proctor at laptop exams in case of laptop failure.Please note: It may still be necessary to continue hand writing the exam in bluebooks, but we will make our best effort to allow students to type the remainder of the exam in EBB.
a. Computer Problems PRIOR to the Start of the Exam:If you receive an error message, if EBB won't open, or if the laptop crashes prior to the start of the exam, you may elect to obtain a Computer-Problem Form from the proctor that you will take to the Office of Student Records for assistance. You should not leave the exam room with any paper exam materials. You should:
b. Computer Problems DURING the Exam:LIMITATION: You only have the option to type the remainder of your exam in EBB until 30 minutes prior to the end of the exam. If computer problems occur when there are LESS THAN 30 minutes left in the exam, you must obtain bluebooks from the proctor and continue hand writing your exam (LawIT assistance will be provided after the exam has ended).
In order to be eligible for the opportunity to type the remainder of your exam in EBB, you MUST try the EBB Recovery Feature at least once. The EBB Recovery Feature allows students to restart their laptop, re-open EBB, and continue typing from where they left off. If the EBB Recovery Feature does not work (e.g., laptop will not restart, EBB will not re-open, OR the previously typed text does not reappear [YOUR WORK IS PROBABLY NOT LOST], you may elect to obtain a Computer-Problem Form from the proctor that you will take to the Office of Student Records for assistance. LawIT staff will recover and print the previously typed portion of the exam and best efforts will be made to provide you with the opportunity to type the remainder of your exam in EBB. You should not leave the exam room with any paper exam materials (an Office of Student Records' staff member will retrieve them from the proctor). You should:
In the event of laptop failure, you may choose to continue hand writing in bluebooks instead of taking advantage of the opportunity to type the remainder of your exam in EBB. Bluebooks will be available from the proctor for this purpose. You may obtain bluebooks from the proctor, return to your seat, and continue hand writing your exam.
c. Computer Problems at the END of the Exam:LawIT staff will be available to assist you in the exam room after the exam has ended.
Caution: There is no guarantee that your exam answers will always be recoverable in every situation -- this is true no matter what computer testing program you use. Any time you use a computer you take some risk of an error occurring that cannot be corrected regardless of the best efforts made.23. EBB "Number of Essay Sections": Prior to the start of a laptop exam, the proctor will tell you the "number of essay sections." If the exam has more than one part (e.g., a multiple-choice part followed by an essay part), the "number of essay sections" refers to the number of EBB section tabs needed for the essay part of the exam. You must input this number when logging into a laptop exam. If the number is 1, your EBB screen will not have section tabs and you will be expected to place page breaks between your exam answers. If the number is 2 or higher, your EBB screen will have section tabs, and you will be directed to enter your answers in one of two ways: (1) one question per section tab (i.e., type answer to question 1 in "Section 1" tab, type answer to question 2 in "Section 2" tab, etc.); OR refer to exam copy for specific groupings of questions per section tab (e.g., type answer to question 1 in "Section 1" tab, type answers to questions 2, 3 & 4 in "Section 2" tab).24. Students must use the assigned class number and their associated Exam ID number when logging into a laptop exam. The class number can be found on the Exam Schedule and will also be written on the board in the exam room. You have a different Exam ID for each exam and you must bring this "E" number with you to the exam.25. You will receive further laptop exam instructions from the proctor and it is imperative that you follow every instruction when it is given. Do not start the exam until the proctor tells you to so do. Starting prematurely will result in charges of exam procedure violation and the extra time will be reported to the professor.26. If you need to leave your seat for any reason, please be careful not to dislodge any cords in the room.
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III. Hand Writing Exam Guidelines1. Bring your own unused bluebooks to write exams. Bluebooks must be 8-1/2" x 11" and can be purchased at any of the bookstores that sell textbooks. You should write on every other line and only on the front of each page unless instructed otherwise by the professor or proctor.2. Do not write your name on the bluebooks. Write your assigned Exam ID number ("E" followed by 5 digits) on each bluebook.3. If you use only one bluebook, number the cover "1 of 1." If you use more than one bluebook, number the cover of each bluebook in the pattern "1 of 4, 2 of 4, 3 of 4," etc.4. If the professor requires the use of a pad of paper instead of bluebooks, a pad of paper will be provided. Do not bring your own pad of paper.5. If the laptop exam takers are using the Unblocked EBB software, which allows them to access their notes during the exam, the hand writers may bring their laptops to an Unblocked exam to use for research only (e.g., accessing notes) -- this applies only to Unblocked exams, not Blocked exams. Please see the Final Exam Schedule to find out if a particular exam is "Laptop-Blocked," "Laptop-Unblocked," "NLA" (No Laptops Allowed), or "Laptops for Research Only."
6. At "Laptop-Unblocked" and "Laptops for Research Only" exams that prohibit Internet access, students are on their honor to not access information on the Internet during the exam.
7. Please arrive in the exam room 25 minutes prior to the scheduled exam start time. Students who arrive after that time may be sent to the Office of Student Records.
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IV. Take-Home Exams1. The Law School's online take-home exam system is accessible from the Law School's Office of Student Records' website. To download take-home exam questions and upload take-home exam answers:
2. The link to a take-home exam's download/upload page will be active during an exam's designated Start date/time (e.g., the first day of the exam period or study days at 8:00 a.m.) and End date/time (e.g., the last day of the exam period at 5:00 p.m.). Within a take-home exam's Start and End dates/times, the exam must be downloaded, completed, and submitted within the exam's designated time-length (e.g., 4 hours, 8 hours, 24 hours, etc.). A student must upload their take-home exam answers within exactly the designated time-length for that exam.
3. The timing of each student's take-home exam begins when the student initiates the download of the exam packet.4. A student's allotted exam time may be reduced if a student downloads the exam packet too close to the exam's End date/time. For example, if a student downloads an 8-hour exam when there are less than 8 hours left before the exam's End date/time, the student is required to upload their exam answers by the exam's End date/time.5. Receiving the exam packet involves the download of a ZIP file using your Web browser. Many browsers have security features that require you to confirm that a download is approved. Before initiating the download, please make sure that you know how to download a file using your browser. If you encounter any difficulty with the download, please use the "Report Problem" link in the lower-right corner of the take-home exam's download/upload page to notify the Law School's exam administrators. 6. The password to open the file(s) in the exam packet will be displayed on the screen immediately after the exam download process is initiated. The exam packet may be re-downloaded, if necessary.7. Do not use Electronic Bluebook (EBB) exam software to write take-home exam answers.8. Take-home exam answers must:
9. Students are allowed to save and print the file(s) in the exam packet to use only for the purpose of writing their exam answers. As soon as a student's allotted exam time has expired, the exam-packet file(s) must be deleted and any printouts of the exam-packet file(s) must be disposed of by shredding or tearing into multiple pieces (so as to be unreadable by others).10. During your exam time, please keep track of any printouts of the exam materials. If you do not, other students who have not yet taken the exam may inadvertently find them.11. Do not delete your exam answers! Retain your exam answers indefinitely (or at least until you have received a grade in the course). If there is a problem with your exam submission, you will be contacted by a Law School exam administrator. You should be prepared to provide your exam answers to a Law School exam administrator upon request. Students are prohibited from sharing their exam answers from previous terms.12. Students who use laptops, word processors, desktop computers, etc., to write take-home exams do so at their own risk of mechanical failures. If you have a mechanical failure, contact Assistant Dean David Baum (734.764.0516), Director Darren Nealy (734.764.0516), or Jane Ozanich (734.763.3419) as soon as possible. 13. It is strongly recommended that students frequently back-up their exam answers to an external saving device such as a flash drive and/or print their take-home exam answers as they write.14. Please use the "Report Problem" link in the lower-right corner of the take-home exam's download/upload page to notify the Law School's exam administrators of any take-home exam problems. If you encounter a problem uploading your exam answers (or alternatively if the website is down), please also email a copy of your exam answers to email@example.com. Please note that if a problem occurs outside of normal business hours (8am-5pm; M-F), it is unlikely that you will receive a prompt response. Therefore, please record the time that the problem started, when it was resolved (if it was resolved), and any additional details that might be relevant. By no later than the next business, the Office of Student Records will review your exam and all available documentation to determine how to provide the best possible solution.
15. Be careful to follow the professor's formatting and other special instructions (e.g., line-spacing requirements; inclusion of a word count) before uploading your exam answers into the take-home exam system. The Law School's Office of Student Records will not replace take-home exam answers that have already been submitted with a corrected version.
V. Scheduling Special ExaminationsPlease refer to the Final Exam Schedule for updated exam information. According to the Academic Regulations as listed in the Student Handbook, students are eligible to take a final exam at a time other than the scheduled time for reasons listed below. Exams may be rescheduled for the following reasons:
Students should make an appointment to see Jane Ozanich in the Law School's Office of Student Records (416 Hutchins Hall). These routine changes should be arranged during the last three (3) weeks of classes and should be completed by the last day of classes.
Under these circumstances, please contact:
David Baum, Assistant Dean for Student Life (734.764.0516) or Darren Nealy, Director of Student Services (316 Hutchins Hall, 734.764.0516).
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