Last updated: 10/08/21


Do NOT upgrade your laptop to MacOS Monterey or Windows 11, both of which are scheduled for release this fall. The Exam4 software will NOT be compatible with these new operating systems immediately upon release.

The Exam4 software is now available for Fall 2021 midterms and early final exams. It is NOT available for Fall 2021 final exams yet. 

You must download an updated version of the Exam4 software every semesterIf you have midterms that use the Exam4 software, you will need to download it twice per semester: once for midterms and once for final exams. The Law School will notify students via email when the updated software is ready for download each semester for midterms and again for final exams.

General Information

Exam Period

The exam period for the Fall 2021 semester is Saturday, December 11 through Wednesday, December 22.

Procedures for Rescheduling exams due to schedule conflicts

You must take your examinations at the scheduled times, unless there are "extraordinary and compelling circumstances" or if the Law School Rules specifically provide for rescheduling.

The deadline to petition to reschedule an exam pursuant to Law School Rule 6.03 for the Fall 2021 semester is Friday, November 12 at 4:00 PM. After this deadline, Dean Kite may only accept requests to reschedule exams based on emergencies or circumstances not known before the deadline (see Emergency Procedures below). 

To petition to reschedule an exam, fill out the "Petition to Reschedule an Exam" form available on the Law School's Forms page and email it to Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Emily Kite at

Dean Kite will review your petition, email you any follow-up inquiries, and return a decision after the deadline. If approved, Dean Kite will email you the date, time and place for your rescheduled exam(s). In almost all circumstances, exams will be rescheduled for a date very soon after the scheduled date. Exams are not rescheduled for earlier dates.

Do NOT contact instructors regarding rescheduling final exams - Dean Kite handles all exam rescheduling. Instructors cannot approve final exam reschedules.

emergency procedures during the exam period

  • If a health, family, personal, or other type of emergency arises that prevents you from taking or completing an exam, you should follow these emergency procedures:  
    • If your exam is in 24 or more hours: email Dean Kite at
    • If your exam is within the next 24 hours: call or text Dean Kite (identifying yourself!) at 608-405-2033. If she is not immediately available, she will respond as quickly as she can. However, if your emergency is time-sensitive and Dean Kite does not respond, call Lauren Devine at 608-262-8564. 
    • If you are in the middle of an exam: call or text Dean Kite at 608-405-2033, or visit Dean Kite's office in Room 5101. If she’s unavailable, call Lauren Devine at 608-262-8564, or visit Lauren's office in Room 5103.
  • DO:
    •  Follow the above procedures as soon as an emergency arises. It's imperative that you follow the proper emergency procedures, as the Law School will NOT provide any retroactive accommodation for an emergency.
    • Provide documentation of the emergency. We apologize for this requirement, but it is, unfortunately, necessary.
  • DO NOT:
    • Contact your instructor about the exam.
    • Start an exam if you are too ill to complete it. 
    • Try to solve the problem by writing a note on your exam.
    • Delay addressing the emergency until you finish your exam or receive your grade. 

Procedures for techNology issues during the exam period

The procedures for technology issues vary depending on the exam type. Review the Proctored Exam Instructions page and the Take-Home Exam Instructions page for more information.


If you plan to request exam accommodations for final exams and have not yet done so, please make that request via McBurney Connect as soon as possible, and no later than Thanksgiving. We will notify students when information about your final exam accommodations is available, which will be near the end of the term. If you would like to discuss the accommodations process, please make an appointment with Dean Kite.

Honor code

You may only access materials authorized by your instructors during your exams pursuant to Law School Rule 6.06.

Exams are graded blindly. You should NEVER include any personally-identifying information (e.g., your name) on your exams, other than your exam number pursuant to Law School Rule 6.10

You may NOT collaborate with anyone on your exams pursuant to Law School Rule 6.11. You may NOT claim credit for the work or efforts of others without authorization or citation, use unauthorized materials, or otherwise commit acts constituting academic misconduct as defined in the University of Wisconsin Student Academic Disciplinary Procedures, UWS 14.

Students may take exams at a different time or date, so you may NOT discuss the content of your exams with other students unless you have firsthand knowledge that the other student has already taken the exam(s) and you know your discussion cannot be overheard by, or transmitted to, students who may not have taken the exam(s). 

decorum in the Law building during the exam period

Out of courtesy to your fellow students, please refrain from talking or lingering in the hallways during the exam period, as exams are ongoing throughout the day. Even discussions in the Atrium can carry into exam rooms, so please do your best to socialize outside of the Law building during the exam period to avoid disturbing exam-takers. 

Exam instructions & Practice exams

To prepare for your exams, review the following instructions and take practice exams: 

Exam Schedule

Exam Tools & resources

Exam Numbers

Law Students

For Law, LLM-LI's, Visiting Law & Law Exchange students, log into "My Student Info" with your NetID and password to retreive your exam number.

Non-Law Students

For non-Law students from another department taking a Law school course, use your 10 digit student ID# as your exam number.

Final Grades

For information about final grades, including information about the pass/fail option, view the Law School Grades Info page.

Exam review

After your grade has been posted for a course, you may reach out to the course instructor directly (or follow any alternative instructions you received from your instructor) to review your exam answers and receive feedback. You may NOT contact your instructor about the exam during or after the exam until your final grade is posted.  

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