Last updated: 03/29/21

General Information

exam Number

(Law, LLM-LI's, Visiting Law & Law Exchange students)

You will need your exam number to take your take-home exam. Make sure you have your correct exam number. Please follow these instructions to retreive your exam number: 

  1. Go to law.wisc.edu/help/my.php
  2. Enter your user name and password

Only Non-Law students from another department taking a Law course should use their 10 digit student ID# as their exam number.

Emergencies and TECHnology issues

Should you have a non-technology emergency before or during your take-home exam, contact Assistant Dean Emily Kite at: 608-405-2033. If you unable to reach Dean Kite and your emergency requires immediate attention, contact Associate Dean Kevin Kelly at 608-262-4041. For technology-related issues, please follow the instructions below.

If you are taking a take-home exam and you are having trouble uploading/submitting your completed take-home exam, you should email Emily Kite at emily.kite@wisc.edu and Lauren Devine at lauren.devine@wisc.edu and attach your completed exam to your email. This is so the Law School can verify you completed the exam on time. Then, please contact the Law School Help Desk or DoIT for technological support.

If you are having technology problems with your computer during Exam Period business hours (Monday-Friday, 7:45 AM - 4:30 PM), you may call the Law School’s Help Desk at 608-262-5242 and seek assistance. After hours, you may contact the University of Wisconsin IT Office (DoIT).

Take-home exam instructions

  1. Get your exam answer document ready in your preferred word processor. 
    1. Create a new, blank document using your preferred word processor, as long as it can save in one of the following formats: doc; docx; pdf; rtf; odt.
    2. Save your document in a place easy to find so you can locate your response quickly to upload it before time expires.
    3. Name your document with your exam number followed by the instructor’s last name. 
    4. Unless your professor provides other instructions, your document should have one-inch margins, be double-spaced, and use 12-point font.
    5. At the top of the first page of your exam answer document, write your exam number (NOT your name), your professor's name, and the course title.
  2. Download the exam itself from the Exam4 website.
    1. Go to the Exam4 webpage: http://www.exam4.com/ 
    2. Select Law Schools from the left menu.
    3. Select University of Wisconsin Law School from the list.
    4. Select the exam you wish to start from the list of available take-home exams in the right blue box. (NOTE: you should NOT download or use the Exam4 software for take-home exams. The Exam4 software is traditionally used for in-person proctored exams, but you should NOT use the software for take-home exams.)
    5. Enter your exam number in the "Examinee ID" box.
    6. When you are ready, click "Start Exam." The clock has now officially started!
    7. Review the “Exam Question & Instructions” box carefully. The exam itself is under this box as a pdf file attachment, which you must download.
    8. Make careful note of the deadline to submit your exam answer - you will find your deadline on the right under "Due Date."
    9. On the right, you should see a large heading that says, "Submit Your Answer." This is where you will upload your completed exam answer when the time comes. If you see this heading, you may close this window and proceed to the next step.
    10. You do NOT need to stay logged-in to the Exam4 webpage, but you will need to return to it and log back in (by followings steps 2a. through 2e., above) to submit your completed exam answer, re-read the "Exam Question & Instructions" box, re-download the exam itself, and/or confirm your submission deadline.
  3. Prepare your exam answer document in your preferred word processor.
    1. Answer the exam question(s) in the document you prepared under Step 1. 
    2. Save your document often to avoid losing data.
    3. When you are done, save it one more time to ensure you are uploading the final version of the document. 
  4. Submit your exam answer by uploading your exam answer document to the Exam4 website.
    1. Log back in to the Exam4 webpage by following steps 2a. through 2e., above. 
    2. Under the"Submit Your Answer" heading, click browse to locate your exam answer document on your computer. Click "Submit Answer."
    3. A pop up window will appear. Verify that the information is correct that you are uploading the correct document. If everything looks accurate, click "Submit Answer." 
    4. You should see a “Submission received” indication. You may want to take a screenshot, print this page, or save it as a PDF. 
    5. Once you have submitted your exam, you will not be permitted to make any changes to the document, even if time is still remaining.

Practice Take-Home Exam

To take a practice take-home exam, follow the instructions above. When you get to Step 2d., select "Practice Take-home Exam." The exam itself is an essay question. Here is a direct link to the practice exam: https://www.exam4.com/remote_exams/790/9138 

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