Exam Updates

Current Exam4 Software Version - Fall 2022 Final Exams

The Exam4 software is now available for Fall 2022 final exams as of November 23.

You must download an updated version of the Exam4 software every semester for each exam periodIf 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.

Mac users - Exam4 is now compatible with Ventura!

On October 24, Apple released a new Mac operating system (OS), Ventura. On November 8, Extegrity, the creator of Exam4, announced that Exam4 is now compatible with Ventura. Accordingly, you can now safely upgrade your Mac to Ventura and use Exam4 for your exams. 

You can check your compatibility here: https://www.exam4.com/support/article/1.

Please email the Law School Help Desk at help@law.wisc.edu with any Exam4 technical questions.

Final Exam Reschedule Deadline - November 11

Final exams can only be rescheduled in accordance with Law School Rule 6.03. To petition to reschedule a final exam, follow the instructions to "Reschedule Exams Due to Schedule Conflicts" by November 11

Final Exam Accommodation Notification Deadline - November 11

In order to guarantee accommodations for final exams, the Law School must receive your Faculty Notification Letters via McBurney Connect by November 11. After that date, accommodations cannot be guaranteed, as the Law School may not have sufficient time for preparation. 

REMINDER! Take-Home Exam Changes

As of the Spring 2022 term, you must use the Exam4 software (instead of any word processor) to prepare and submit your take-home exams. Review the Take-Home Exam Instructions and Exam4 Software Instructions pages for more information.

Last updated: 11/29/2022

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Rescheduling exams due to schedule conflicts

You must take your examinations at the scheduled times and in the format specified on the Exam Schedule, 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 is posted each term on the Exam Info page under "Exam Updates." The deadline is typically approximately one month before final exams begin. After this deadline, Dean Devine can 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 Lauren Devine at lauren.devine@wisc.edu. On the petition form, refer to the section of the rules that justifies the change of schedule or explain the "extraordinary and compelling circumstance."

Dean Devine will review your petition, email you any follow-up inquiries, and return a decision after the deadline. If approved, Dean Devine 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 Devine handles all exam rescheduling. Instructors cannot approve final exam reschedules.

emergencies during the exam period

Inclement Weather

Exams will proceed as scheduled in the event of inclement weather, unless the Chancellor emails that campus is closed. Take-home exams will proceed even if campus closes, as they are remote; only proctored exams will be rescheduled if campus closes. Campus closures are rare, so please give yourself plenty of time to travel to the Law School for your proctored exams, as you will NOT receive additional time if you arrive to an exam late.

technical issues during the exam period

Review the Procedures for Technical Issues on the Exam4 Software Instructions page. 

Exam AccomModations

If you plan to request exam accommodations, make that request via McBurney Connect as soon as possible. The Law School must receive your Faculty Notification Letters by the deadline posted on the Exam Info page under "Exam Updatesto provide accommodations for final exams, so you should initiate the process with McBurney ASAP, as it can take several weeks to complete the accommodations process.

We will notify students when information about your final exam accommodations is available, which will be 1-2 weeks before final exams begin. If you would like to discuss the accommodations process, please make an appointment with Dean Devine.

Law School Rules 

Chapter 6 of the Law School Rules governs exams. Review Chapter 7 of the Student Handbook for more information. 

A note re: Academic Misconduct

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). 

Students should be aware that academic misconduct is possible grounds for denial of admission to the bar due to the questionable moral character reflected by the conduct. More information about misconduct is in Chapter 8 of the Student Handbook

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. 

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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