Here you will find schedules, instructions, and procedures for final exams at Columbia Law School. Please read the information thoroughly, and if you have any questions or concerns, please email Registration Services at [email protected]. Good luck on your exams!
Columbia Law School’s examination policies require all students to take exams at the scheduled times. All students are required to be available during the entire examination period as the exam schedule is subject to change.
As stated in the Law School Rules, “All students should be prepared to sit for examinations at any point throughout the examination period. Under special circumstances, the Dean may permit the rescheduling of examinations but work, personal or travel arrangements should be made to accommodate the full examination period”.
However, exams can be rescheduled in certain situations as defined below. Please make careful note of the circumstances listed below that would warrant an adjustment to your exam schedule.
- Two (2) Law School exams scheduled on the same day. One of the exams will be rescheduled to the first exam day on which the student does not have a scheduled exam and that will not create an exam conflict requiring further rescheduling.
- This exam conflict will be automatically rescheduled
- Exams can be rescheduled to allow a 36-hour period between the start of the two exams. For example, a student having a fixed-date Law School exam scheduled for both Monday and Tuesday can reschedule the Tuesday exam to Wednesday.
- This exam conflict will be automatically rescheduled
- Illness on the day of the exam: Any excuse granted on grounds of illness or other physical disability is conditioned upon receiving a satisfactory medical note from the attending physician.
- Birth of a child: An exam will be rescheduled if the student is in labor or is attending the birth of their child.
- Religious Observance: An exam will be rescheduled if it conflicts with religious observance, including fasting, on the day of the exam. Exams may be rescheduled earlier in the day of the scheduled exam.
- Bereavement: An exam will be rescheduled in the event of a death or serious illness in the student’s immediate family and the student is attending the funeral or grieving.
- In other exceptional and documented circumstances. Examples include but are not limited to:
- automobile accident, mugging, robbery, or similar traumatic experience at the time of the exam or period immediately preceding the exam
- A subpoena requiring court appearance at the time of exam or period immediately preceding the exam
- Military commitment written military orders is required.
- Weddings: The student is the bride/groom. Must provide a wedding invitation as proof.
Any-Day remote exams do NOT constitute a conflict. You may select any day in the exam period, including weekends, to take these exams.
Requests for an exam deferral must be made through our rescheduled exam form and requires satisfactory documentation of the reasons. Students should be prepared to provide complete documentation, which is subject to verification and approval.
For all other reasons allowed by this Rule, the Associate Dean of Student and Registration Services is the individual delegated to grant permission to students to be excused from a regularly scheduled exam for an extenuating circumstance. Requests to defer exams will be denied if for:
- Any travel/vacation/booked flights
- Personal exam scheduling preferences
- Personal Events (wedding guests, parties, moving dates, social plans)
- Employment reasons
Examinations will only be rescheduled AFTER the originally scheduled date, never before.
All rescheduled exams must be taken before the end of the final exam period unless Registration Services needs to reschedule the exam for another time. (usually only in cases where a later exam date is warranted by documented unanticipated extraordinary circumstances such as illness).
Only rescheduling arrangements made through Registration Services will be honored. Exams are graded anonymously, and you are not to take any action that will compromise your anonymity. Therefore, instructors cannot reschedule exams or make any kind of special exam arrangement directly with a student. Please do not approach your instructor about rescheduling your exam or making any special exam arrangement, as it will not be honored.
Exams in courses taken at another Columbia division: Law School students who have an exam conflict in courses taken outside Columbia Law School must reschedule the non-CLS exam.
If you meet any of the above criteria, you can submit the Fall 2022 Final Exam Reschedule Request form. This form will be open from October 3, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. EDT through November 1, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. EDT.
Please use you LionMail account when filling out this form.
Individualized exam schedules will be on LawNet by November 17, 2022.
In Case of Emergency
We care about our students, and we understand that emergencies happen. In the event of sudden illness, accident, or last minute emergencies, please follow these steps:
1. Do not reach out to your instructor. In order to maintain anonymous grading, refrain from contacting your instructor regarding exam scheduling or rescheduling.
2. Please seek necessary medical or emergency attention.
3. When visit is complete, please provide documentation
a. The Emergency Rescheduling Request Form opens on Friday, December 9 at 8:00 a.m. EST
4. Reach out to Registration Services as soon as possible
a. via phone call at 212-854-2668 or
b. via email
5. A member of Registration Services will respond to you 12 hours following the notification of your emergency.
Please contact Registration Services as soon as you can in the event of an emergency. In order to balance your wellbeing with academic integrity, the sooner we learn of your emergency, the easier it will be for us to respond.
To ensure that you perform to the best of your ability in any of your exams, it is critical that you do not attempt an exam if you are unwell.
- Be sure to inform Registration Services or your Proctor that you are unwell PRIOR to the start of any exam.
- Registration Services will create a new exam schedule for you if you are ill and can provide medical documentation.
- Please note that if you start an exam but cannot finish it, Registration Services will not be able to arrange for you to retake it.
USING LAPTOP COMPUTERS for EXAMS: The Law School offers students taking final exams on their own laptop computers through the use of Exam4.
Exam4 is an exam software used to administer all law school exams. You will need to download the software each semester in order to access your final exams.
You will type your answers into Exam4 as you would type into any standard word processor. It is the computing equivalent of an exam bluebook.
No later than a week prior to the day of your exam you will need to download the software to your laptop computer. This will allow you troubleshoot any potential issues that you might have using the software on your computer.
Before the Exam
Download the software (per term) by visiting the Exam4 website. Scroll to New York and click on the name of our school (Columbia Law School).
- INSTALL THE EXAM4 SOFTWARE ON YOUR LAPTOP: Detailed general instructions on taking exams on laptop are emailed to students well before the start of the exam period and you will be notified which version of Exam4 is needed. Understandably, there will be more variations of notebook computers running the exam software than Extegrity can test. Therefore, it is impossible for Extegrity to predict with certainty if the exam software will work as expected for your specific hardware/software configuration. Extegrity offers technical support through their inquiries page. You are advised to address any technical issues well in advance of your first exam
- PRACTICE USING THE SOFTWARE
- After installing Exam4, you are urged to take as many practice tests as you can in order to become familiar with the software before you take an actual exam. Also, practice different features such as word or character counts. We have found that many of the problems students experience while taking an exam could have been avoided by practicing on the software and addressing any technological issues well in advance of the exam period. However, do not use the practice tests to prepare notes that you will need for your exam(s) as you will not be able to print the text document or copy it into a different file.
Detailed general instructions on taking exams are emailed to students well before the start of the exam period. It is important that you read the information carefully and follow the directions. Also, review the general information below and email Registration Services at [email protected] if you have any questions.
PREPARING YOUR LAPTOP BEFORE TAKING AN EXAM: To use your laptop to take an exam, you must complete the following steps:
- VERIFY YOU HAVE INTERNET ACCESS: Although in certain Exam4 modes (Closed & Open Laptop) you will not be connected to the internet, you will need internet access to upload your answer file at the end of the exam. Please visit the Troubleshooting your wireless connection of the [email protected] Law School page at http://web.law.columbia.edu/information-technology/wireless.
- BRING A POWER CORD FOR YOUR LAPTOP: You will not be able to use your laptop for your examination if you do not have a power cord. You will have to hand write your exam if you do not bring a power cord into the exam room. You cannot share a power cord with anyone in the exam room.
- YOU MUST HAVE THE SOFTWARE INSTALLED BEFORE THE EXAM PERIOD.
- NO COMPENSATORY TIME will be given to those who experience difficulty and/or delay because they waited until the day of the exam to install the exam software.
EXAMS WILL START ON TIME, so make sure that you have downloaded Exam4 and have taken several practice exams. If you attempt to install the software right before the exam and have difficulty connecting to the Internet, you will not receive technical support. Also, if you begin any exam late, you will not receive compensatory time.
TECHNICAL SUPPORT: The Law School’s IT Helpdesk supports connectivity to the Columbia Law School network only and its staff can help you with some technical problems. However, Extegrity is responsible for all technical support for Exam4 and you are advised to contact Extegrity directly for technical issues with installing and testing Extegrity's Exam4 software on your laptop. Extegrity offers technical support through their inquiries page. You are advised to address any technical issues well in advance of your first exam.
Final exams administered by Registration Services are graded anonymously. Therefore, students are not permitted to write their name on any page an exam, and must not contact the instructor directly about an exam before final grades for the course are posted. Proctors are situated in exam rooms to facilitate the anonymous exam administration process.
Columbia Law School proctors receive a compensation of $22.00 per hour.
Final exams for the Fall 2022 semester are from December 9, 2022 until December 21, 2022.
The proctor application form for Fall 2022 is currently open. Please complete the form by November 18, 2022 to be considered for a proctor position.
I. Responsibilities of a Proctor
- Administer law school exams
- Assist students in the exam room
- Maintain order in the exam room
- Be patient – Give precise answers to a student’s question. If unsure of the answer to a question, please check with a Registration Services staff member.
- Be alert in the exam room.
- Be professional - You MUST be respectful towards students and your fellow proctors.
III. What kind of proctor are you?
- Provides support to the head proctor.
- Distributes and collects exam packets.
- Troubleshoots in the event that a student encounters a problem.
- Tracks student breaks.
- Responsible for the exam room.
- Supervises assistant proctors.
- Delegates tasks to assistant proctors.
- Communicates and instructs students.
- Manages exam distribution and collection.
The proctor team MUST arrive at the exam room 30 to 40 minutes before the scheduled start time of the exam. [The scheduled start time is 10:00 a.m. for morning exams and 3:00 p.m. for afternoon exams.]