Exam Procedures

EXAMSOFT

Law School exams are administered using ExamSoft test-taking software. Students must use the official software to take exams (SofTest).  For instructions on downloading, installing, configuring, testing, and using SofTest, please see https://www.examsoft.com/uclaw.

ALL EXAMS

There are are two main types of Law School examinations: in-class and take-home.  Although faculty members decide which type of exam to require for their class, exam administration is executed by the Office of the Registrar. 

IN-CLASS/PROCTORED EXAMS

In-class examinations are scheduled for a particular day during the exam period. They are generally scheduled for three hours, although a faculty member may give students more or less time. A proctor is present in the room during the examination. In-class exams can be open-book, closed-book, or limited open-book. Laptop use on exams—using the appropriate exam-taking software—is mandatory.  You are permitted the use of a single laptop during each in-class exam.  The use of cell phones, tablets (iPads, etc.), second laptops, or other devices is strictly prohibited, absent use of such a device as an approved ADA accommodation.

TAKE-HOME EXAMS

Take-home exams may be taken on any day during the exam period. Take-home exams must be completed within eight hours (inclusive of travel time, breaks, meals, etc.), unless otherwise stipulated in the exam itself.  There is no technical support between 5:00 p.m. and 8:30 a.m., and students are strongly advised to take exams during regular business hours.  Students who do not heed this advice do so at their own risk.   

On the final day of the take-home exam period, all take-home exams must begin by 9:00 a.m. and be completed by 5:00 p.m., or else students will have less than 8 hours to complete the exam. 

Exam deadlines are rigorously enforced, and faculty members are notified of late submissions.

PROHIBITION ON CUTTING AND PASTING

Students are not permitted to download or cut/copy and paste into their in-class or take-home examination answers any material(s) from outside the examination OR cut/copy and paste any material(s) from inside of their examination to an outside source.  This rule also strictly prohibits a student from drafting an answer into Microsoft Word or another word processor and copying that answer into the exam software.  In other words, the only time cutting or copying and pasting is permitted during an exam is when a student types information into one answer field during the exam and moves it into another field during the exam.  Audits of student exam files are conducted each exam period, and violation of this rule may subject a student to disciplinary action. 

STUDENT EXAM NUMBERS

Law School examinations are graded anonymously. Close to the middle of each quarter, each student is assigned a new exam number. Law students access their exam number via the University Student Portal (my.uchicago.edu, Academics Tab, My Courses and Grades, Additional Information). Non-law students receive their exam numbers from the Assistant Registrar ahead of the exam period.

IN CASE OF COMPUTER FAILURE OR ILLNESS

If your computer crashes during the exam, immediately notify your proctor. The proctor will notify the Office of the Registrar and then escort you to the IT department, who will address the problem. Once the problem is resolved, you will resume your exam in a different room (on a new laptop, if necessary). You will not lose any time because of the crash.

In case of illness during the exam, please notify your proctor, who will notify the Office of the Registrar. Arrangements will be made for you to complete your exam in a separate room. If you become ill prior to the exam, do not start the exam. Once started, exams must be completed. Contact the Office of the Dean of Students or the Office of the Registrar if you become ill prior to the exam.

Professors should not, under any circumstances, be contacted about exam-related issues.

IN CASE OF QUESTIONS REGARDING EXAM INSTRUCTIONS OR CONTENT

If you have questions regarding the exam instructions or the exam questions themselves, please notify your proctor for in-class exams or the Office of the Registrar for take-home exams as soon as possible. We will attempt to clarify issues with the instructor during the exam.

FOR YOUR COMFORT

You may bring food and drink in to the exam room, but be considerate: no pungent smelling or noisy food, please. Be sure to turn off cell phones and all other audible alarms. You may listen to music with headphones, as long as you and only you can hear your music. You may leave the exam room quietly as needed during the exam, but please be respectful of the needs of your fellow test takers.

CONTACTS DURING EXAMS

REGISTRAR:

Roberto Koch, Registrar - 773-834-5315 - rkoch@uchicago.edu

Jim Courtney, Assistant Registrar - 773-834-4255 - jcourtney@uchicago.edu

During weekend exams, please email registrar@law.uchicago.edu

IT DEPARTMENT:

David Blood, Lab Manager - 773-702-4493 - dblood@uchicago.edu

IT Helpdesk - 773-834-5300 - helpdesk@law.uchicago.edu

OFFICE OF THE DEAN OF STUDENTS:

Amy M. Gardner, Dean of Students - 773-702-3955 - amgardn@uchicago.edu

Professors should not, under any circumstances, be contacted about exam-related issues.

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