Final Exams


This page contains information, rules, and procedures for Drake Law School final exams.

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Exam Schedule

Spring 2017 Exam Schedule

Before the Exams

  • Your exam number will be emailed to you, but is also available in Cartwright Hall, Room 128 and will be on your exam packet. This is the only number you should place on your exams. All students receive a new exam number each semester. Do not guess your exam number. Do not use an exam number from a previous semester.
  • Students must fill out the exam survey in order to sit for exams. The survey requires you to acknowledge you are bound by the honor code and to provide a cell phone number at which you can be reached during the exam period.
  • ExamSoft users must be using a laptop configured to connect to the wireless network. Loaner laptops are not available for exams.
  • Students who believe that they qualify for more time for exams due to ESL (English as a Second Language) challenges or require accommodations due to disabilities should contact Lori Richman in Cartwright Hall, Room 128 (515-271-4511, lori.richman@drake.edu). ADA (Americans with Disability Act) accommodations also require approval from the Student Disability Services Coordinator Michelle Laughlin (515-271-1835). This must be renewed each semester. Final arrangements for all accommodations must be made two weeks before the beginning of the final examination period.
  • If you have a known illness that prevents you from taking your exams as scheduled, you must make arrangements with the Student Services staff by calling the main Law School line prior to the exam period (515-271-2824, option 3). A doctor's excuse will be required before exams will be rescheduled.

General Instructions

  • NO ELECTRONIC DEVICES MAY BE USED (other than your exam computer—loaner laptops are not available during exams). No device capable of recording, transmitting, or otherwise interfering with the exam may be used, including cell phones, iPods, MP3 players, cameras, digital or tape recorders, smart watches, or any similar devices.
  • Because of the possibility of information being accessible through earphones, no personal stereos or earphones will be allowed during any exam.
  • When taking an exam, backpacks, bookbags, purses, or scratch paper (other than what is provided), may NOT be at the table with you during the exam. These must be left in your locker or placed to the front of the exam room. Students may not begin to write anything, even on scratch paper, before an exam begins.
  • Exam supplies such as scratch paper and Blue Books for those hand writing the exams are provided in the exam rooms.
  • To preserve exam anonymity, at no time should a student inform a professor of a problem related to the taking of an exam. If you have any exam administration issues you wish to discuss, including serious illness or death in the family, contact the staff in Student Services (Cartwright Hall, Room 128).
  • All students are bound by the honor code. Because the student body polices itself, it is imperative that all students review the Drake Law School Code of Student Conduct. Camera proctoring will be used to monitor and record exam sessions.
  • All students taking an in-school exam on a laptop must use ExamSoft software. Loaner laptops are not available during exams.

Exam Procedures

In order to provide the best possible exam environment for students and ensure the integrity of the exam process, the following administrative rules are in effect. All law students are responsible for knowing and understanding the exam process rules and how they apply to their individual exam schedules.

Students are expected to arrive on time to be processed for exams. Because of the need for staff to give a uniform set of instructions to all students, and the time it takes for students to receive their exams, sign in, get settled, start ExamSoft, and receive technical support, students must be seated in the exam room with their exam packets at least 15 minutes before the time set for the exam to start.

Administrative staff priorities will be directed toward the majority of students who arrive on time and are seated in the exam rooms awaiting exam instructions and technical support for ExamSoft.

Flex Exams

Unscheduled (flex) exams may be taken on any day and time designated as "FLEX" on the exam schedule. No advance notice is required. All unscheduled exams are ready for students beginning on the first flex day of exams.

Examination Distribution Prodedure

In order to allow sufficient time for processing, students must pick up exam packets at the top of the stairs in Cartwright Hall between 8:15 and 8:45 a.m.

Exam time lost in processing a tardy student will not be restored. This Exam Distribution Time Rule will be strictly enforced.

  • Flex Exams: Students taking a flex exam who are not in line by 8:45 a.m. for exams will be asked to wait for the next flex exam session.
  • Non-flex Exams: Students who are late for the distribution time for a non-flex exam—8:45 a.m.—will be required to wait until after the exam begins to receive their exam. Students may be required to sit at the front of the exam room in reserved seating in order to minimize the disruption of the exam in progress.

Assistant deans have the authority to vary exam procedures for students with ADA accommodations, student illness, or unforeseen circumstances such as extreme inclement weather. Foreseeable circumstances such as heavy traffic or other normal and/or seasonal driving conditions will not cause a waiver of exam rules regarding tardy students. Late students will be tracked on an attendance sheet and that history will be reviewed when determining any future accommodations.

Exam Packet

The outside of the exam envelope bears a label with course title, professor name, length of exam, and your exam number. During the specified distribution time, students will receive exam packets containing a hard copy of exam questions. Do not open the exam envelope until instructed to do so by the exam administrator.

Exam Rooms

Flex Exams
Once you receive your exam packet, immediately proceed to the designated exam room. Exam rooms are preassigned according to the length of the exam, as indicated on the television monitors. Length of the exam is located on your envelope label. Do not leave the second floor of Cartwright Hall. Students must take flex exams only in rooms to which they have been assigned by the Dean’s Office.

2L and 3L Scheduled Exams
Once you receive your exam packet, immediately proceed to the exam room designated by the administrator. Do not leave the second floor of Cartwright Hall.

1L Scheduled Exams
Once you receive your exam packet, immediately proceed to the exam room designated. Exam rooms are preassigned and listed on the television monitors. Do not leave the second floor of Cartwright Hall.

Exam Instructions

  • The exam administrator will start general instructions five minutes before the exam start time. Students must be in the exam room with their exam at this time.
  • The exam administrator will instruct students open your packet, read exam instructions, and write your exam number (always use the number printed on the envelope label) on the cover page of your exam questions, on all Blue Books, and any scratch paper turned part of your exam.
  • When the exam proctor says begin, you must click "Begin" in Examsoft to start your exam. Not clicking "Begin" when instructed could result in an honor code violation.
  • Handwritten exam answers must be written in blue or black ink. Number the Blue Books you use (1 of 1, 1 of 2, 2 of 2, etc.) If taking the exam on a laptop, it must be booted up and displaying the SofTest screen with the red stop signs.
  • Multiple choice questions will be answered using ExamSoft, unless otherwise instructed by the exam administrator. There will be written instructions to assist you. Hand writers will write answers directly on the exam itself unless instructed otherwise from your professor.
  • Hand writers must not have a laptop with them in an exam room.
  • IMPORTANT: Students who delayed entering the exam room until after the exam administrator has begun instructions should not interrupt the exam administrator or other students.

Start of an Exam

  • The exam administrator will leave the room after the exam has been officially started. Any student who has a question or problem during an exam should go to Student Services (Cartwright Hall, Room 128).
  • Roving proctors may occasionally sweep the exam rooms during the exam administration.
  • Cameras in the exam areas will be running at all times.
  • Students may go to the restroom or take a break during an exam; however, all exam materials must be left in the exam room. Laptop users should also click "View" and "Hide Screen" when leaving your seat. The clock keeps ticking during breaks—there is no adjusted length of time.

End of an Exam

  • If you finish your exam before time is called, place your envelope containing your exam questions and answers (Blue Books for hand writers) in the box labeled "Completed Exams" located in the front of the room. ExamSoft users must completely exit the exam and verify the upload before putting the exam envelope in the designated box.
  • When time has been called, you must stop writing/typing your answer, even if you are in the middle of a sentence. Failure to stop writing when time is called can result in penalties, including a failing grade for the course and possibly an honor code investigation and sanctions.
  • Examsoft will automatically upload at the completion of the exam time.
  • Put your exam questions and answers and scratch paper (Blue Books and scratch paper for hand writers) inside your envelope and close it. If you are an ExamSoft user, you must completely exit the exam before putting your exam envelope in the box labeled "Completed Exams." ExamSoft users must verify the upload.
  • After placing your exam in the designated box, leave the area quickly and quietly. Students who are still taking exams deserve your consideration.

Take-Home Exams

Take-home exams are distributed in Student Services (Cartwright Hall, Room 128).

Follow the professor's instructions for the exam. Return exam envelope to Student Services (Cartwright Hall, Room 128).

Make up Examinations

Permission to take a final exam on a date or at a time other than scheduled shall be granted only in the following circumstances:

  • Where illness to the student prevents taking the exam at the scheduled time and certification from a doctor is presented
  • Where the student has two exams scheduled at the same time or has two exams on the same day*
  • Where the student has final exams on three or more consecutive days*
  • Where taking an exam on a particular day conflicts with a religious obligation of the student*
  • In the discretion of the Dean's Office for extraordinary circumstances. (Air or other transportation scheduling concerns shall not constitute extraordinary circumstances.)

Students shall apply for permission to make up an exam by contacting the staff in Student Services, Room 128.

*Note: A student who elects to request a make-up exam under provisions (2), (3), or (4) above will be required to take the make-up exam on a scheduled make-up day selected by the assistant dean. If taking the exam on the make-up day causes the student to have exams on three or more consecutive days, provision (3) above will not be a valid basis for rescheduling one of those exams.

Exemptions (1) and (5):
When exemptions are granted under provisions (1) or (5) above, the assistant dean shall schedule make-up exams as soon as practicable after the regular exam session.

Exemptions (2), (3), or (4):
Exemption requests under provisions (2), (3) or (4) above shall be filed at least three weeks before the exam period starts each semester.

Make up Schedule

During the fall and spring semesters, make-up exams are scheduled at the discretion of the assistant dean.

Order of Make-up Exams
Where two course exams are to be held the same day or at the same time, students who have a conflict will take the exam with the higher course number as their make-up exam at a date to be fixed by the assistant dean. Where the student has final exams scheduled on three or more consecutive days, the second exam in the series will be taken as the make-up exam. Every effort will be made to schedule all students taking the same make-up exam at the same time.

Early Examinations
No final exams may be distributed to a class (take-home exams) prior to the first day of the final examination period.

Inclement Weather Procedures

Students can find out about weather delays and closures through one of the following:

  • The Drake University cancellation line (515-271-4545)
  • Local television and radio stations
  • Drake Law School social media

See also:
Drake Law Library Study Aids
Sample Exams

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