​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 December of each year.
Spring examinations are in May of each year.
Summer examinations are in July of each year.

Anonymous Examination Numbers

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 INSURE 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.

Exam Schedule and Conflicts

The final examination schedule is published with the class schedule prior to registration each semester. 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.

Wild Card Examinations

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 weekdays of the original exam date. Options for wild card dates are listed on the law school web site. 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 Law School web site.  First-year students are not permitted to use wild cards. Wild cards are not available in the summer.

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 in-class exam. Wild card exams may not be typed.

Deadline to file for wild card:
Fall Semester: October 1
Spring Semester: March 1
Summer Semester and First-Year Exams: Wild cards are not available.

Missing an Examination

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 at the earliest possible time. 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.

Make-up Examinations

When a student is excused from an exam, the student must take the exam on the next scheduled exam day.

Student 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, palm pilots, I-Pods, and pagers are not permitted in the exam room.

Examination Typing Option Using ExamSoft’s SofTest

The College of Law offers students the opportunity to take examinations on their own laptops using ExamSoft’s SofTest program. SofTest can be used on virtually any modern computer (i.e. purchased within the last 3-4 years).

Professors must opt-in for students to use SofTest. A list of courses available for SofTest is published on the law school SofTest web site each semester. Instructions are on http://examsoft.com/depaullaw.

Specific system requirements are noted below:

PC Requirements 

  • CPU = 1 GHz Pentium III or Industry Equivalent
  • RAM = 1 GB
  • Drives = 50 MB of free space
  • Operating System = English 32-bit Versions of Windows XP, 32-bit and 64 bit Versions of Windows Vista or Windows 7. SofTest may not be used in virtual operating systems.
  • Software = Internet Browser
  • Internet Access for SofTest Installation, Exam Download and Upload
  • Screen resolution must be 1024x768 or higher.

It is not possible to take secure exams through a virtual operating system such as Microsoft's Virtual Machine, Parallels or VMware, VMware Fusion or any other virtual operating system environment. Although SofTest can be installed and registered on virtual platforms, it will only be enabled for non-secure Practice Exams.

Mac Requirements

  • CPU = Intel processor
  • RAM = 512 MB
  • Drives = 50 MB or higher of free space
  • Operating System = MAC OS X 10.5.08 or higher (Leopard or Snow Leopard)
  • Software = Internet connection for downloading/uploading exams

Exam Administration

During all examinations, books, notes, cell phones, palm pilots, I-Pods, outlines, backpacks, briefcases, and other materials must be placed in the back of the room. 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.

Examination Accommodations

Students who need to request accommodations on the basis of a disability should review Section IX of this Handbook.

Exam accommodations are not offered based upon a lack of proficiency in English.