Taking Law School Exams
I. In-Class Exams
1. Exam IDs. A pre-generated Exam ID is REQUIRED for each exam you take. To access your unique set of Exam IDs:
If you are unable to access your Exam IDs, contact
firstname.lastname@example.org, or come to the Office of Student Records (416 Hutchins Hall).
2. Exam Schedule. Check the appropriate
final exam schedule above for information specific to each of your exams:
3. Arrival Time. Report to your exam room 25 MINUTES PRIOR to the exam start time.
4. Late Arrival (Before Exam Starts). Late arrivals may be asked to go to the Office of Student Life. If you arrive after the proctor begins the instructions, you are considered late and will be sent to see the Assistant Dean for Student Life.
5. Late Arrival (After Exam Starts). If you arrive after the exam has started, DO NOT enter the exam room. Go directly to the Office of Student Life (316 Hutchins Hall).
6. Blind Grading. ALL Law School exams are kept anonymous via the use of Exam IDs. NEVER provide the following information on your exam materials:
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, until grades have been posted, do not contact the professor with specific questions or comments about an exam. Instead, direct all questions and concerns about your exams to the
Office of Student Records or
Acting Assistant Dean Stetson in the Office of Student Life.
7. Proctor Instructions. The proctor in the exam room will provide both standard exam procedures and specific instructions in accordance with your professor's requirements. Deviating from these instructions may result in a grade reduction. Pay special attention to these announcements.
8. Exam Session Behavior.
9. Ending Exam. When the "Stop Typing OR Stop Writing" command is given, stop typing and writing IMMEDIATELY. Failure to stop is a violation of the exam procedures and the extra time will be reported to the professor. If you still need to write your Exam ID on any of the exam materials or number bluebook (if applicable), you must do so in front of the proctor when you hand in your exam materials.
10. Return Materials.
ALL exam questions MUST be returned to the proctor at the end of every exam. Leaving the exam room with the exam questions can result in course failure or grade reduction.
11. Exiting Exam Room. After returning your exam materials to the proctor, quietly collect your belongings and exit the exam room. Leave the exam area or hallway immediately. Be quiet and considerate of fellow students who are taking exams in nearby rooms.
Most Law School's exams are taken on laptops using the Electronic Bluebook (EBB) software.
Requirements1. Hardware. Students must bring their own laptops. Only one (1) laptop is allowed per student. No additional peripheral devices are allowed, except for a mouse, an external keyboard, and a power cord. Laptop stands are not permitted.
If you are borrowing a laptop from a friend or renting one, see a LawIT staff member to ensure all of your exam files have been uploaded to the network before returning it.
2. Software. EBB software is required. Review all the technical information concerning EBB installation, setup, and functions when you download the
EBB software from the LawIT website.
Before your first EBB exam of each exam period, make sure that the latest version of EBB is installed on your laptop. To see the latest versions, go to this page (https://www.law.umich.edu/currentstudents/informationtechnology/laptops/EBB/Protected/Pages/DownloadEBB.aspx).
3. Internet Access.
For EBB. Students will need to connect to the internet to allow EBB to auto-save their work during the exam and to submit their answers to the Law School network at the end of the exam. Log in to one of the following networks to allow EBB internet access: MWireless or MGuest. Even if the exam is listed as "no internet allowed," connect to the internet to maintain these back-ups.
For Students. Students are not permitted to access the internet during any exam unless the exam instructions explicitly state that it is allowed. If internet access is not permitted, students are on their honor to not access information on the internet during the exam, except for EBB submission.
4. Using EBB. To avoid potential issues with EBB while taking an exam, restart your laptop on the morning of the exam (but, before you enter the exam room). Doing this will avoid the majority of the laptop issues that occur each exam period.
Rule of Thumb: Follow the proctor's instructions.
Login Information: You will need your Exam ID number, the class number (the proctor will write this on the board), the type of exam (Blocked / Unblocked), and the number of EBB sections. Be sure to enter all of this information carefully as once you start the exam, this information cannot be edited. [Note: Access to the rest of your laptop is blocked in an EBB Blocked exam, which means that you will only be able to type in EBB during a Blocked exam. Access to the rest of your laptop is available to you in an Unblocked exam. Professors may choose whether or not you may access the internet. See the final exam schedule for this information.]
Exam Submission Site:
5. Computer Problems & Procedures.
Before the Exam: Bring your laptop to a LawIT Help Desk. For more information about their location and hours, see this page (https://www.law.umich.edu/currentstudents/informationtechnology/Pages/default.aspx).
During the Exam: If your laptop crashes during the exam, you must try the EBB Recovery Feature. Do this by restarting EBB. In Windows, you will see a message that says, "At least one exam has been detected with an open status." Select the exam you are taking from the dropdown menu, then click "Re-enter Exam." Mac users will see a message that says, "The last exam was not properly closed. Do you wish to make a recovery?" Click "Yes."
If you still have issues, see the proctor immediately. If there are more than 30-minutes left to the exam, a LawIT staff member will assist you in the Office of Student Records and you will be able to complete your exam in EBB. If there are less than 30-minutes left to the exam, the proctor will give you bluebooks to finish writing the exam in the exam room. Later, you will work with staff members from LawIT and the Office of Student Records to make sure that your exam is complete.
After the Exam: LawIT staff members will be in the exam room, raise your hand for their assistance.
Technical Questions. For more information about taking laptop exams, click
I.B. Handwriting Exams
If you choose to handwrite your exams instead of using EBB, note the following:
1. Bluebooks. You must bring your own bluebooks to hand write your exams. Bluebooks must be 8.5" x 11" and can be purchased at any bookstore that sells textbooks.
3. Laptop Use. If the exam is "Laptop-Unblocked" or "Laptops for Research Only," you may bring one (1) laptop to access notes stored locally on the laptop. No additional peripheral devices are allowed, except for a mouse, an external keyboard, and a power cord. You are not allowed to access remotely stored notes that require access through the internet, unless internet access is explicitly allowed. If internet access is prohibited, you are on your honor to not access information on the internet during the exam. See the final exam schedule for more information.
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II. Take-Home Exams
Take-home exams are typically available for students to take throughout the exam period. However, some take-home exams may start earlier or end earlier, and some take-home exams may be available for only one day. See the final exam schedule for details.
1. Exam Download/Upload. To download exam questions and upload exam answers:
2. Link Availability. Each exam's download/upload link will be active during the exam's designated Start/End date and time. The exam must be downloaded, completed, and submitted within this timespan. However, the timespan of the link's availability is NOT the same as the time you are allotted for taking the exam.
3. Exam Timing. The timing of each student's take-home exam begins when the student starts the download of the exam question packet.
4. Time Reduction. A student's allotted exam time may be reduced if the exam packet is downloaded too close to the exam's end date/time. For example, if you download the exam questions for a 4-hour exam 1-hour before the end date/time, you will have only 1-hour to complete and submit the exam.
5. Exam Packet Download. Your exam materials are accessed via a download of a ZIP file. This may trigger security features in your web browser requiring additional download steps. Before initiating the download, make sure you are familiar with your browser's download behavior.
6. Password. The password to access the exam materials will be displayed on the screen immediately after the download is initiated. The password can be accessed more than once by initiating a new download.
7. Answer Requirements & Upload.
8. Test-Taking Equipment. Students who use laptops, desktop computers, etc. to write take-home exams do so at their own risk of equipment or software failure. If you have such failures, immediately contact one of the following: the
Office of Student Records (734.763.6499) or
Acting Assistant Dean Stetson (734.764.0516).
9. Answer Backups. It is strongly recommended that students frequently backup their exam answers to an external device (e.g., flash drive) during a take-home examination. It is also recommended to print hard copies to a secure and private printer. After the exam, keep a copy of your exam answers until you have received a grade for the course. Protect your answers and keep them private. Sharing answers from current and past exams is prohibited.
10. Exam Material Possession. Students are allowed to physically or digitally maintain possession of the exam question packet for the duration of the examination only. The exam materials may be used only for purposes of completing the exam. Upon expiration of your allotted exam time, the exam question packet and all of its associated files, copies of files, and physical printouts MUST be permanently deleted or destroyed.
11. Problems. Use the "Report Problem" link on the take-home exam's download/upload page if you have any problems during a take-home exam. Problems reported outside of normal business hours (8am-5pm, Monday-Friday) will be reviewed the following business day. In these instances, record when the problem started, when it was resolved (if resolved), and any additional details that might be relevant.
If you are unable to upload your exam answers for any reason, immediately email a copy of your answers to
email@example.com. The timestamp of the email will serve as your upload time.
III. Scheduling Special Examinations
When a student takes an exam outside of the regularly scheduled exam room or time, this is called a "special exam". Students are eligible to take a special exam under the following circumstances:
Setting Up a Special Exam. Students should contact the
Office of Student Records about their rescheduling needs no later than two (2) weeks before the first day of the exam period.
Family or Personal Emergency. If you have a family or personal emergency, contact
Acting Assistant Dean Stetson in 316 Hutchins Hall (734.764.0516).
Other Considerations. Midterms and early final exams are scheduled to avoid as many conflicts with classes as possible. However, students with a midterm or early final exam that is in direct conflict with a class should contact the Office of Student Records to reschedule the exam.
Contact the Office of Student Records with any questions about Law School Exams.
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