Assessments and Exams: Conflicts and Rescheduling

A. Assessments for Required Courses

All required courses, except for Professional Responsibility, must have at least two interim assessments counting together at least twenty (20%) of the students’ class grade; Professional Responsibility is only required to have one assessment. Assessments may be no more than one hour in length.  Assessments must contain multiple choice questions and essays to prepare students for the bar exam.

B. Conflict & Rescheduling Policy for Assessments

1. Standard Conflicts

It is highly likely that students will have more than one assessment on a given day. Unless students have two assessments scheduled at the same time, or three assessments on one day, there will be no rescheduling. If a student has two assessments at the same time, on the same day, one assessment will remain at the scheduled time and one will be moved to a different time block on that same day. If a student has three assessments on one day, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will determine which assessment to reschedule as well as the date for the rescheduling.

2. Other Rescheduling

In all other circumstances, a student may obtain a rescheduling of an assessment only upon the prior, written, discretionary approval of the Associate Dean. Rescheduling an assessment in the absence of the circumstances noted above is an extraordinary event, and students should expect such requests to be denied in the absence of exceptional circumstances. Requests to reschedule assessments based on employment obligations, travel plans, vacation or social commitments, and the like will almost always fail to qualify as exceptional circumstances

3. Reschedule Date

The date for the taking of any rescheduled assessment shall be set by the Associate Dean. Students should expect any rescheduled assessment to be administered after the date of the originally scheduled assessment; typically, this rescheduled date will be the following Monday at noon. Exceptions to this scheduling will be exceedingly rare.

4. Conditions

In considering requests for the rescheduling of an assessment in the absence of a standard conflict, the Associate Dean may require such documentation and impose such conditions as the she or he deems proper. No individual faculty member at the Law School may grant a rescheduling.

5. Making a Request

All requests to reschedule must be made using the on-line request form. Requests to reschedule must be made at least one week prior to any conflict. Once the form has been received, the request will be reviewed by the Associate Dean. If the request is approved, students will receive written confirmation of the rescheduling from the Office of Academic Affairs.

C. Final Exams

All required courses have proctored final exams. Elective courses may have proctored or non-proctored exams. All exams are administered during the exam period for each semester, as set forth on the Academic Calendar. Students are expected to remain on campus for the duration of the exam period for the semester or session.

D. Final Exam Rescheduling Policy

1. Final Exam Conflicts Rescheduling

A student may have a final exam rescheduled if he or she would otherwise have two or more exams scheduled to start less than twenty-four hours apart.  The student must request the rescheduling using the on-line request form from the Office of Academic Affairs  and must receive written confirmation of the rescheduling from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs no later than the last day of that academic term.  The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs may choose which exam to reschedule and when to reschedule it.

Example: If Student Smith has an exam scheduled for Monday, December 1 at 1:00 p.m. and another on Tuesday, December 2 at 9:00 a.m., he may have the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs reschedule one of them.  However, if Student Jones has one exam scheduled for Wednesday, December 3 at 1:00 p.m. and another exam scheduled for Thursday, December 4 at 1:00 p.m., she does not qualify for rescheduling since the two start times are not less than twenty-four hours apart.

2. Other Final Exam Rescheduling

In all other circumstances, a student may obtain a rescheduling of an examination only upon the prior, written, discretionary approval of the Associate Dean. Rescheduling an examination in the absence of two course exams in the same 24-hour period is an extraordinary event, and students should expect such requests to be denied in the absence of exceptional circumstances. Requests to reschedule exams based on employment obligations, travel plans, vacation or social commitments, exams on back-to-back days, and the like will almost always fail to qualify as exceptional circumstances.

3. Reschedule Date

The date for the taking of any rescheduled final examination shall be set by the Associate Dean. Students should expect any rescheduled examination to be administered only on the Law School’s designated Exam Conflict Day(s). Exceptions to this scheduling will be exceedingly rare, and students should not anticipate ever being granted a rescheduled examination date that would occur before the date for regularly-scheduled administration of that examination.

4. Conditions

In considering requests for the rescheduling of an examination in the absence of course exam conflicts, the Associate Dean may require such documentation and impose such conditions as he or she deems proper. No individual faculty member at the Law School may grant a rescheduling.

Updated: August 2018.