General Information about Examinations
The method of evaluation of student performance in a course
lies solely within the discretion of the instructor. In many courses, a student’s grade is based primarily on one
written examination given at the conclusion of the course. Some instructors also give a midterm
examination or assign papers.
Fall examinations are in early December of each year.
Spring examinations are in early May of each year.
Summer examinations are in late July of each year.
First-year full-time exams are from 9:00 a.m. until noon.
Upper-level day classes have exams from 1:30 p.m. until 4:30
p.m. A day class is one that meets between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
First-year and upper-level evening classes have exams from
6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. An evening class is defined at one that meets between
5:50 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Each student is randomly assigned an anonymous exam number
each semester, and most exams are grade anonymously. Generally, upper-level
seminars and skills courses are not anonymously graded.
The Assistant Dean for Student Affairs sends students their
anonymous exam numbers by email each semester. STUDENTS MUST ENSURE THAT THEIR E-MAIL ADDRESS IS CORRECT ON CAMPUS
CONNECTION, OR THEY WILL NOT RECEIVE AN ANONYMOUS EXAM NUMBER.
A student must identify herself or himself only by assigned
anonymous examination number. A student must not identify himself or herself by
name, student identification number or any other designation or symbol anywhere
on the examination questions or answers. A student should not disclose the
examination number to the instructor, either directly or indirectly, until the
instructor has submitted the final grades for the course. Failure to comply
with these provisions may be a violation of the Honor Code.
Schedule and Conflicts
The final examination schedule is published with the class
schedule prior to registration each semester on Campus Connection. Students
should select their courses to avoid exam conflicts.
All students must take their examinations at the scheduled
time. If two sections of a course
are offered, students must take the exam at the time scheduled for the section
in which they are enrolled.
Final exams will be rescheduled only in extraordinary
circumstances. Exams will not be
rescheduled because of job commitments, weddings, graduations, vacation plans,
travel plans or for other personal reasons.
Under certain limited circumstances, students may shift one examination
to a different day. This policy is
known as the “Wild Card” option.
If a student has two in-class exams scheduled on the same day or on two
consecutive days, the student may designate one of the exams as a wild card exam. The student must take the rescheduled exam within two days of the original exam
date. Options for wild card dates
are listed on the law school website.
Wild card exams are scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on days that
do not have first-year exams.
Students may only request one wild card exam per
semester. Students must register
for a wild card no later than the
sixth week of classes. Forms are available on the College of Law website. First-year students both, full-time and
part-time, may not use wild card exams because their exam schedule is set up
with several days between exams. Wild cards are not available in the summer.
Because wild card exams are held on days other than the
regularly scheduled exam dates, students may not use SofTest to type their
answers. SofTest is date and time specific and will not function on a day that
is not the regularly scheduled exam date.
The wild card option does not apply to take-home exams
unless the take-home exam is both distributed and due on the same date as an
Deadline to file for wild card:
- Fall Semester: October 1
- Spring Semester: March 1
- Summer Semester and First-Year Exams: Wild cards are not
Students are expected to take examinations when scheduled,
even though ill or inconvenienced. However, in the event of serious illness or
for other extraordinary or compelling cause beyond a student’s control, the
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs or the dean on duty may excuse a student
from taking the exam at its scheduled time.
Students will not be excused from an examination for job related reasons,
weddings, travel, graduations, vacations or for other personal reasons. Students are expected to adjust their
outside commitments to conform to the law school examination schedule.
A student who must miss an exam must notify the Assistant
Dean for Student Affairs on or before the scheduled exam day. If prior notice
is not possible, the student must contact the Assistant Dean as soon as the
inability to take the exam becomes manifest. If a student does not notify the Assistant Dean at the first
available opportunity, the student will receive a failing grade. To protect the
anonymity of grading, students should
never contact their professor if they need to reschedule an examination.
A student who is more than ten minutes late for an exam will
not be permitted to take it unless authorized by the Assistant Dean for Student
Affairs. A student who is less
than ten minutes late may take the exam but will not be allotted additional
time and may not type his or her exam. Students who miss an exam must use
bluebooks and cannot type their answers
When a student is excused from an exam, the student must
take the exam on the next scheduled exam day. If the student is excused for
serious health reasons or a family emergency, the Assistant Dean may attempt to
make arrangements to have the student type the exam. If a student simply misses
an exam date due to mistaking an exam date or time, typing is not available.
Conduct During Examinations
Student conduct during examinations is subject to the DePaul
University College of Law Honor Code, which is set forth in §XIII of this
Handbook. Cell phones, tablets, iPods, pagers and all other electronic devices
are not permitted in the exam room.
Typing Option Using ExamSoft’s SofTest
SofTest Laptop Exams
The College of Law offers students the opportunity to take
examinations on their own laptops using ExamSoft’s SofTest program. Students
may use PC’s or Mac’s. SofTest is a secure program. Students will only be able
to type their exam answers, and access to all other programs will be blocked.
Therefore, if a professor permits notes to be used during an exam, students
should print their notes prior to exams.
Professors must opt-in for students to use SofTest. A list
of courses available for SofTest is published on the law school ExamSoft website
each semester. Instructions are on www.examsoft.com/depaullaw.
Students should always do the “mock exam” when they register
for SofTest to familiarize themselves with the program.
Information about minimum system requirements for SofTest,
pre-exam videos, support tools and exam taker information are available on www.examsoft.com/depaullaw.
and Register SofTest: The
Assistant Dean of Student Affairs will notify students by e-mail of the
deadline to download the software for each semester. The deadline is also
posted on www.examsoft.com/depaullaw.
During closed book examinations, all books, notes, cell
phones, tablets, I-Pods, outlines, backpacks, briefcases, and other materials
must be placed in the back of the room. During open book exams, students may
have whatever materials the professor approves for use during an examination.
For SofTest exams, the proctor will announce the start time and write the exam
password on the board. SofTest will automatically shut down after the allotted
time. For bluebook and Scantron exams, the test proctor will advise the
students of the time at which the exam will end and will write the ending time
on the blackboard. When time has expired, the proctor will announce that the
exam is over. Students must stop
writing immediately and turn in their examinations. Failure to stop writing
immediately is a violation of the Honor Code. Students are not permitted to leave their seats for any
reason during the last half hour of an exam.
Students who need to request accommodations on the basis of
a disability should review Section VIII of this Handbook and see the Assistant
Dean for Student Affairs at the start of each semester.
Accommodations of time and
one half per exam may be offered to international LL.M. students for whom
English is a second language. The student must contact the Assistant Dean for
Student Affairs at least one month before each exam period to request
accommodations and provide documentation of registration with the University
International Student Office.