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Asst. Dean Stephen Sowle

Week of November 11, 2019

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ASP Workshop on Preparing for and Taking Exams. The Academic Support Program's final Fall workshop will address how to prepare for, and take, final exams. The program for day students will be held on Tuesday, November 12, at 12:00 noon (Rm. 510)The program for evening students will be held on Wednesday, November 13, at 7:35 pm (Rm. 520). Although the programs are mainly aimed at first-year students, all students are welcome to attend. For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web page. (Note: If you started this Summer in Dean Sowle's Criminal Law class, you have already had this workshop, but are welcome to attend again if you wish.)

Bar Refresher Session. The next event in the Bar Refresher and Bar Readiness Series for 3L/4L students will be a Criminal Law/Criminal Procedure Refresher workshop featuring Prof. Douglas Godfrey on Tuesday, November 12, 12:00-1:50 pm (Rm. 270).  If you can't make it at all Wednesday, last year's Criminal Law/Criminal Procedure Refresher video is available on the Bar Prep web page. While live is always the best way to get information, the video is a good option if you can't make the session on Tuesday.  Click here for the full list of sessions and workshops for the 2019-2020 academic year. Please contact Prof. Kari Johnson,, if you have questions.  

Fall 2019 Final Exams. 

•Exam Schedule and Exam Number. The Fall 2019 exam period starts on Wednesday, December 11, and ends on Friday, December 20. To find your Fall exam schedule, go to your Web for Students account and navigate to "Fall 2019" link under the "Schedule" heading in the lefthand menu. Your Fall exam number is also available there. Exam room assignments for fixed exams will be provided prior to the start of exam period.

•Exam Types and Distribution. There are three types of exams:

Fixed Exams
: Most first-year doctrinal courses, and certain other courses, have fixed exams. Students will report to designated classrooms on specified days and times for these exams. The dates and times are listed on your Exam Schedule in Web for Students (see above).

Self-Scheduled ExamsSelf-scheduled exams are those with time limits less than 24 hours (for example, 3-hour and 4-hour exams) where you are able to choose the date and time to take the exam, within the confines of the exam period. You do not need to preschedule the exam time. Self-Scheduled exams may be picked up outside the Exam Administration Office (Rm. 305) as follows: 

Wed., December 11 - Fri., December 13: 9:00am to 5:45pm
Sat., December 14: 9:00am to 11:00am
Sun., December 15: No exams are given on Sunday
Mon., December 16 - Thurs., December 19: 9:00am to 5:45pm 
Fri., December 20: 9:00am to 12:00 noon  

Please note: These times are pick-up times, not return times. For example, if you pick up a 3-hour exam at 5:45pm on a weekday, you will have the full 3 hours to complete the exam and must return it by 8:45pm. Also please note: 12:00 noon (not 5:45pm) is the last pick-up time on Friday, December 20.

You must present photo identification to pick up your exam. Your exam will be time-stamped and you will then proceed to one of the designated Self-Schedule exam rooms to take your exam using the Examplify exam-taking program. Examplify will record a starting time for the exam as well as an upload time for your exam answers. Once you start the exam in Examplify, you must complete the exam. When you have uploaded your exam answers, return the exam questions to the Exam Administration Officeï (Rm. 305).

Further details about the administration of self-scheduled exams will be provided closer to the start of the exam period.

Take Home Exams: Take-home exams are those that allow students 24 hours or more to complete the exam. In some situations your professor may give you the exam during class; in other situations, the exam may be distributed electronically, or you may be required to pick up a physical copy of the exam in person. All submissions of take-home exam answers will be done electronically. Details about distribution and submission will be provided for each exam prior to the start of the exam period. Please note that you do not need to use the Examplify exam software for take-home exams.

The last day of exams is Friday, December 20. If you have a take-home exam that allows you to choose when to take it during the exam period, or a take-home that is due on the last day of exams, please note that all such exams must be submitted no later than Friday, December 20, at 12:00 noon. (This means that you may not start a take-home exam on December 20 and submit it after that date.)

•Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests. The period is now closed for requesting an exam reschedule due to an exam conflict or other reason. If you requested an exam reschedule, you will receive a response from Jenna Abhijeet (

•Exams Method Registration. The period is now closed for exam method registration.

Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams after 1982 are available online by clicking here. Earlier exams are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library. 

•Notices About Exams on Computer. Students taking fixed or self-scheduled exams on laptop must download and install the Examplify exam-taking program. (You do not need to use Examplify for take-home exams.) You will receive information from the Information Technology Services department about when and how to do this. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install Examplify prior to taking a fixed or self-scheduled exam. We encourage all students to download and "take" a mock exam prior to the start of exam period in order to familiarize yourself with the Examplify program. 

Unless a professor specifies otherwise, Examplify is configured to lock students out of other programs and services on their computers for the duration of the exam. This means that, unless a professor specifically authorizes access, students will not have access to notes, outlines, or other materials stored on their hard drive, the network, or the Internet.

The Information Technology Services department (ITS) will provide detailed information on the use of laptop computers during exams. For now, please make a note of the following:

  • All students have to download the latest version of the Examplify software. Previously installed versions will not work for Fall 2019 exams. You must also re-register the program in order for it to work correctly.
  • The Examplify software will be available for download on November 18, 2019.
  • Windows 10 is the only supported Windows platforms for exam. Support for Windows 7 devices was discontinued as of December 31, 2018.
  • Alternate versions of Windows 10, such as Windows RT and Windows 10S, are NOT supported at this time.
  • Only genuine, U.S.-English version of Windows operating systems are supported.
  • Non-Pro Microsoft devices are NOT supported.
  • Virtualized Windows operating systems via products such as Parallels Desktop or VMware Fusion will not function for exams.
  • A native Mac version of the Examplify exam-taking software is available for Mac users to download.
  • OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), OS X 10.12 (Sierra), OS X 10.13 (High Sierra), OS X 10.14(Mojave) and OS X 10.15(Catalina) are the only supported Mac OS X platforms for exams.
  • Any individual found to be running an unlicensed or "pirated" operating system on their computer may be declined technical assistance.

To avoid any technical or computer difficulties, please make sure you bring the following items with you to the exam.

  • The contents of your ExamSoft Registration confirmation email
  • Your laptop power cord
  • Note: Use of a standard Ethernet network cable is encouraged in areas where there are ports available.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops: The Information Technology Services department has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. These laptops may be used (subject to availability) if your computer has problems immediately before or during an exam, as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the Examplify program. Because of limited supply, the ITS department's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period, including to students who do not own a laptop. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact Jenna Abhijeet ( to discuss your situation.

Notice to Handwriters: Students who are handwriting an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Handwriters will not be put in a separate room.

Spring 2020 Course Schedule. The Spring 2020 course schedule will be issued the week of November 18. Registration dates and instructions will be issued along with the schedule. Note to full-time first year students: Information about the 1L Your Way program is provided just below.

1L Your Way. All first-year full-time students will be required to take Civil Procedure, Property, and Legal Writing 2 in the Spring. For their fourth course, they will either take Legislation, or one of the "1L Your Way" choices described below. Part-time day students and evening division students will begin taking electives next Fall (or this Summer if they elect to enroll for the optional Summer term). The final Spring schedule, with further details, will be issued prior to Spring registration in November.

Full-time first-year students will have three options in the Spring:

Taking Legislation (a 3-credit required course).

Taking one of several designated elective classes. The tentative list of classes includes Business Organizations (4 cr.), Criminal Procedure: Adjudicative Process (3 cr.), Employment Relationships (3 cr.), and Patent Law (3 cr.). (Please note that this list is subject to change.) Students may also petition to take other elective classes that fit their schedules; petitions will be considered on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the professors teaching the courses. If you take an elective, you will be in class with upper-level students. 

Taking the First Year Clinic option (see the description below).

First-year students who choose to take an elective or the First Year Clinic will be required to take Legislation in the Fall of their second year. For the First Year Clinic, an application will be due prior to Spring registration (we will give ample notice of when and how to apply). If the number of applications exceeds the number of available places, we will conduct a lottery to select the students. In addition, depending on demand, we may not be able to accommodate all first-year students who wish to take one of the designated electives classes, although we are hopeful there will be sufficient spaces available for all interested students.

To ensure that all full-time first-year students are assessed on a common set of courses, grades for Legislation or for an elective taken its place will not be considered in calculating Spring class ranks for first-year students or for purposes of probation and dismissals, Law Review selections, or merit scholarships for first-year students. (As noted below, the First Year Clinic option is graded pass/fail and thus won't count into students' GPA's for that reason.)

First Year Clinic (with rotation option): The First Year Clinic option aims to help students refine their career interests by gaining exposure to diverse areas of law practice. Based on the medical school model, this opportunity allows first-year students to participate along with upper level students as members of either one or two clinic sections (at the student's election) taught by faculty practitioners from the C-K Law Group, allowing students to learn applicable skills as they assume various practice roles. Students enrolled in the program become actual members of a clinic section and have the option either to stay with one practice area for the entire semester, or to rotate to a second practice area mid-semester. In addition to weekly section meetings, there is a weekly plenary classroom session that covers lawyering activities that arise within real life law practice. The available practice areas include criminal defense, employment/civil litigation, entrepreneurial law, family law, immigration law, tax law, and vaccine injury litigation. Depending on the practice area and each professo'rs caseload at the time, students may be exposed to such activities as: legal and factual research, client interviews, document drafting, discovery review, administrative hearings and negotiations, trial team strategy sessions, court appearances, and motion calls. The First Year Clinic will be graded on a pass/fail basis only.  

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