Fall 2019 Exams

December 2019 FINAL EXAM PERIOD: Friday, December 6, through Thursday, December 19.

First-Year Exams: Friday, December 6, through Thursday, December 19.

Upper-Year Exams: Monday, December 9, through Thursday, December 19.

Room 105 Jerome Greene Hall: The exam administration room will be staffed weekdays during the exam period beginning at 9 a.m.  

Room 546 Jerome Greene Hall: This room will be reserved on weekdays for the duration of the exam period for students who need a place to work on take-home exams.

Fall 2019 Final Exam Room Assignments

All exams are scheduled in the Eastern Standard Time Zone (EST).

1L Midterm Exam: Friday, October 25, 10 a.m.

  • Contracts, sec. 2, Mitts, Joshua
  • Contracts, sec. 3, Jennejohn, Matthew
  • Contracts, sec. 4, Dari-Mattiacci, Guiseppe
  • Contracts, sec. 5, Katz, Avery
  • Contracts, sec. 7, Emens, Elizabeth

1L Midterm Exam: Friday, October 25, 3 p.m.

  • Civil Procedure, sec. 1, Johnson, Olatunde
  • Civil Procedure, sec. 5, Lynch, Gerard
  • Civil Procedure, sec. 6, Sturm, Susan
  • Constitutional Law, sec. 1, Ponsa-Kraus, Christina
  • Constitutional Law, sec. 2, Hamburger, Phillip

1L Midterm Exam: Friday, November 8, 10 a.m.

  • Contracts, sec. 6, Morrison Edward
  • Constitutional Law, sec. 3, Barenburg Mark


All exams are scheduled in the Eastern Standard Time Zone (EST).

Friday, December 6, 10 a.m.

  • Civil Procedure, sec. 1, Johnson, Olatunde
  • Civil Procedure, sec. 2, Cleveland, Sarah
  • Civil Procedure, sec. 5, Lynch, Gerard

Friday, December 6, 3 p.m.

  • Civil Procedure, sec. 3, Genty, Philip
  • Civil Procedure, sec. 4, Huang, Bert

Monday, December 9, 10 a.m.

  • Civil Rights, Crenshaw, Kimberle
  • Environmental Law, Gerrard, Michael
  • European Union Law and Institutions, Bradford, Anu
  • Evidence, sec. 2, Roth, Jessica

Monday, December 9, 3 p.m.

  • Capital Markets Regulation, Fox, Merritt/Glosten, Lawrence
  • International Investment Law and Arbitration, Bermann, George/Duggal, Kabir
  • Taxation of Financial Institutions, Raskolnikov, Alex

Tuesday, December 10, 10 a.m.

  • Copyright Law, Wu, Timothy
  • Professional Responsibility, sec. 2, Fox, Michael Louis

Tuesday, December 10, 3 p.m.

  • Bankruptcy Law, Mann, Ronald
  • Commercial Finance, Mann, Ronald
  • Corporate Finance, Fox, Merritt

Wednesday, December 11, 10 a.m.

  • Contracts, sec. 1, Kraus, Jody
  • Contracts, sec. 2, Mitts, Joshua
  • Contracts, sec. 3, Jennejohn, Matthew
  • Contracts, sec. 4, Dari-Mattiacci, Giuseppe
  • Contracts, sec. 6, Morrison, Edward
  • Contracts, sec. 7 (part 1; also includes a take home portion), Emens, Elizabeth

Wednesday, December 11, 3 p.m.

  • Constitutional Law, sec. 1, Ponsa-Kraus, Christina
  • Constitutional Law, sec. 2, Hamburger, Philip
  • Rescheduled Exams

Thursday, December 12, 10 a.m.

  • American Contract Law, Kraus, Jody
  • Corporations, sec. 3, Judge, Kathryn
  • Criminal Investigation, Livingston, Debra
  • Energy Regulation, Gerrard, Michael
  • Trusts and Estates, Rapaczynski, Andrzej

Thursday, December 12, 3 p.m.

  • Securities Regulation, Coffee, Jr., John
  • Unfair Competition & Related Topics in Intellectual Property, Long, Clarissa
  • Rescheduled Exams

Friday, December 13, 10 a.m.

  • Corporate Taxation, Trier, Dana
  • Corporations, sec. 1, Talley, Eric
  • Rescheduled Exams

Friday, December 13, 3 p.m.

  • Federal Courts, Metzger, Gillian
  • International Law, Damrosch, Lori Fisier
  • Law of the Political Process, Greene, Jamal
  • Professional Responsibility, sec. 1, Kent, Andrew

Monday, December 16, 10 a.m.

  • Advanced Constitutional Law: Separation of Powers, Monaghan, Henry Paul
  • Antitrust and Trade Regulation, McCrary, Justin
  • Corporations, sec. 2, Goshen, Zohar
  • Federal Income Taxation, Graetz, Michael
  • Immigration Law, Kim, Catherine
  • International Commercial Arbitration, Bermann, George

Monday, December 16, 3 p.m.

  • Rescheduled Exams

Tuesday, December 17, 10 a.m.

  • Comparative and International Antitrust, Bradford, Anu

  • Corporate Reorganization and Bankruptcy, Glenn, Martin/Gerber, Michael

  • Evidence, sec. 1, Shectman, Paul

  • Law of the W.T.O., Mavroidis, Petros

  • Patents, Long, Clarisa

Tuesday, December 17, 3 p.m.

  • Criminal Adjudication, Richman, Daniel
  • Professional Responsibility for the Transactional Lawyer, Tepper, Steven

  • Sports and the Law, Edel, Martin

  • Rescheduled Exams

Wednesday, December 18, 10 a.m.

  • Property, sec. 1, Glass, Maeve
  • Torts, sec. 1, Rapaczynski, Andrzej

  • Torts, sec. 2, Merrill, Thomas 

Wednesday, December 18, 3 p.m.

  • Rescheduled Exams

Thursday, December 19, 10 a.m.

  • Rescheduled Exams

Friday, December 6

  • First day to complete first-year take-home exams, unless otherwise noted below.

Monday, December 9

  • First day to complete upper-year take-home exams, unless otherwise noted below

Thursday, December 19, 6pm

  • Last day to submit take-home exams

All Take-Home exams are administered online. Read more about using the Online Take-Home Exam system.

Format of Exam Answer
You must type, using your own word-processing software for take-home exams. Examplify software is used ONLY for in-class proctored exams, not for take-home exams. DO NOT WRITE YOUR NAME ON ANY PAGE OF YOUR EXAM ANSWER – use only the exam number that will be on your exam questions to identify your exam.  

Room 546 Jerome Greene Hall
Reserved weekdays during the exam period for students needing a place to work on eight-hour take-home exams.

NOTE: Several eight-hour take-home exams are limited to one day only.

All exams are scheduled in the Eastern Standard Time Zone (EST). 

Adv. Criminal Law: The Death Penalty
Fagan, Jeffrey, Eight-hour Take-Home

Adv. Family Law: Pre-Nups, Property Distribution, and Alimony in Divorce
Hennessy, Patricia, Eight-hour Take-Home

American Legal History
Funk, Kellen Richard, Eight-hour Take-Home

American Litigation Practice
Safer, Jay, 48-hour Take-Home

Behavioral Law and Economics
Teichman, Doron, Eight-hour Take-Home

Civil Procedure, sec 6
Sturm, Susan, Friday, December 6 ONLY, Eight-hour Take-Home

Comparative Constitutional Law
Khosla, Madhav, Eight-hour Take-Home

Comparative Corporate Governance
Pargendler, Mariana, Eight-hour Take-Home

Contracts, sec 5
Katz, Avery, Wednesday, December 11 ONLY, Eight-hour Take-Home

Contracts, sec 7
Emens, Elizabeth, Wednesday, December 11 ONLY - DUE BY 6:30 p.m., Five-hour Take-Home, (part 2; completed after the proctored exam) 

Constitutional Law, sec. 3
Barenberg, Mark, Wednesday, December 11 ONLY, Eight-hour Take-Home

Gilson, Ronald J.; Raff, Daniel, Eight-hour Take-Home

Environmental Issues in Business Practice 
Morreale, Matthew/Rivlin, Kenneth, Eight-hour Take-Home

Federal Income Taxation, sec. 2
D'Avino, Richard, Four-hour Take-Home

Financial Crises, Regulatory Responses
Bolton, Patrick/Gordon, Jeffrey, Thursday, December 12 ONLY, Eight-hour Take-Home

Financial Statement Analysis and Interpretation
Bartczak, Norman, 72-hour Take-Home

Human Rights
Cleveland, Sarah; Clooney, Amal, 4 1/2-hour Take-Home

International Criminal Courts:
Progress, Problems and Prospects 

Dicker, Richard, 10-hour Take-Home

International Environmental Law
Burger, Michael, Eight-hour Take-Home

Legislation and Regulation, Sec. 1
Doerfler, Ryan, Eight-hour Take-Home

Legislation and Regulation, Sec. 2
Kessler, Jeremy, Eight-hour Take-Home

Mass Torts
Ohlemeyer, William, Eight-hour Take-Home

Mental Health Law 
Levy, Robert, Eight-hour Take-Home

National Security Law
Kent, Andrew, Eight-hour Take-Home

Partnership Taxation
Rosow, Stuart, Eight-hour Take-Home

Professional Responsiblity in Criminal Law
Cross-Goldenberg, Peggy, Eight-hour Take-Home

Property, sec. 2
Balganesh, Shyamkrishna, Wednesday, December 18 ONLY, Three-hour 45-minute Take-Home

Topics in Education Law
Parker, Dennis, Eight-hour Take-Home

Students taking a Law School examination are expected to appear at or turn in an examination at the stated time and place. Failure to do so will result in a grade of Failure (F) (see Rules for the J.D. Degree). Examination rules apply to all students taking a Law course, regardless of degree program. If you are unable to appear for an examination at the proper time, please contact Registration Services at 854-2668 or email [email protected]. NOTE: If you arrive late to an exam, you will not receive compensatory time.

Any excuse granted on grounds of illness or other physical disability is conditioned upon receiving a satisfactory medical note from the attending physician. 

If you self-identify with the Office of Disability Services (ODS) and are granted special examination conditions, ODS will send confirmation of your exam accommodations to Christy Pastore, Director of Registration Services & Student Records. Shortly before the exam period Ms. Pastore will email you with information about your exam accommodations. You can reach Ms. Pastore at [email protected].

Anonymous Grading of Exams
Final exams administered by Registration Services are graded anonymously. Therefore, students are not permitted to write their name on any page of a proctored or take-home exam, and must not contact the instructor directly about an exam before final grades for the course are posted. If you experience any difficulty before or during an exam, you should notify the exam proctor immediately and/or contact Registration Services directly. Do not contact the instructor about an exam at any time before the final course grades are posted.

Once the instructor submits the final exam grade to Registration Services, they can adjust the final course grade to factor in class performance or other work. The final course grade then is submitted to Registration Services and subsequently released to the student via LawNet. If you would like to discuss your exam withthe instructor, you may do so only after your final course grade has been posted in LawNet.

Certification of Examination Performance
Before you take an exam, as scheduled or rescheduled, you will be asked to sign a “Certification of Examination Performance” that you have not discussed the exam (verbally, electronically, or in writing) with any other student taking the exam, and that you have not and will not share or communicate, directly or indirectly, any information relating to the nature or content of, or answers to, the exam. If you believe that you cannot sign the certification, for whatever reason, you must notify Dean May immediately. Since students may need to reschedule an exam (e.g., because of illness), you are advised not to discuss the content of your exams until course grades have been posted in LAWNET.

Columbia University Student ID
In order to receive your exam, either proctored or take-home, you are required to present your Columbia University student ID card (CUID). Please make sure to have it with you at all times.

Columbia Law School’s examination policies require all students to take exams at the scheduled times. As stated in the Law School Rules, “All students should be prepared to sit for examinations at any point throughout the 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 and complete the Reschedule Request Form, which will be available on Monday, October 14, to arrange an adjustment.

Registration Services will determine which exam will be rescheduled, and will notify you of the date of your rescheduled exam by Monday, November 25.  

  1. 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.
  2. Proctored or fixed-date take-home exams can be rescheduled to allow a 36-hour period between the start of two exams. For example, a student having proctored or fixed-date Law School exams scheduled for both Monday and Tuesday can reschedule the Tuesday exam to Wednesday.
  3. 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.  
  4. Birth of a child: An exam will be rescheduled if the student is attending the birth of their child. 
  5. Religious Observance: An exam will be rescheduled if it conflicts with a religious observance on the day of the exam.
  6. Bereavement: An exam will be rescheduled in the event of a death in the student’s family and the student is attending the funeral or grieving.
  7. In other exceptional and documented circumstances.

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 special circumstances such as illness). Check the exam schedule for the designated dates that fall 2019 exams can be rescheduled. 

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 kind of special exam arrangement as it will not be honored.

Exams in courses taken at another Columbia division or at NYU Law School (as part of the Columbia/NYU Law Exchange): Law School students who have an exam conflict in courses taken outside Columbia Law School must reschedule the non-CLS exam.

No adjustment will be made for employment schedules, travel or personal arrangements which conflict with the exam schedule. Exams cannot be rescheduled because a student has an early flight home for the winter or summer break, or for other personal reasons not outlined above. 

Using Laptop Computers for Proctored Exams
The Law School offers students the option of taking in-class, proctored final exams (essay-type only) on their own laptop computers through the use of Examplify software from ExamSoft, provided free of charge to all. As an alternative, students may choose to handwrite their exams. Examplify is not used for take-home exams.

Examplify is basically a word processor that blocks access to all other applications while it is running. You will type into it as you would type into any standard word processor. It is the computing equivalent of a bluebook.Visit the Law School Information Technology Web site for information on exam support for Law students: https://web.law.columbia.edu/information-technology/students/softest-final-exams.

Detailed general instructions on taking exams on laptop 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 contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

Preparing Your Laptop Before Taking a Proctored Essay Exam
To use your laptop to take a proctored essay exam, you must complete the following steps:

  1. Verify you have internet access within Jerome Greene Hall and William & June Warren Hall. You will be downloading the exam file(s) and submitting your exam(s) via the internet.  Although you will not be connected to the internet while you are writing your exam, you will need internet connection to download the exam file prior to arriving in the exam room, and to upload your answer file at the end of the exam in the exam room. Please visit the Troubleshooting your wireless connection of the [email protected] Law School page at  http://web.law.columbia.edu/information-technology/wireless.
  2. Install the Examsoft software (Examplify) on your laptop. Detailed general instructions on taking exams on laptop are e-mailed to students well before the start of the exam period and you will be notified which version of Examplify is needed for fall 2019 exams. Understandably, there will be more variations of notebook computers running the exam software than ExamSoft can test. Therefore, it is impossible for ExamSoft to predict with certainty if the exam software will work as expected for your specific hardware/software configuration.  ExamSoft offers full technical support, and its staff can be contacted by telephone (866-429-8889) or by e-mail ([email protected]). Answers to frequently asked questions can be found at its FAQ page at www.examsoft.com/main/index.php.
  3. Practice using the software. After installing the Examplify, 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.
  4. Download the exam file for each of your proctored essay exams. To take a proctored essay exam on your laptop, you must download an exam file for each of your proctored essay exams in addition to installing Examplify on your laptop. Students will be notified in April when the exam files are ready for downloading. The exam file is a virtual exam book that laptop examinees will use to record their answers. The document in the exam file is blank and does not contain the exam questions. The exam questions are distributed only in the exam room. You must download your exam file(s) BEFORE arriving in the exam room and well before the day of the exam since 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 and/or to download their exam files. Exam files are not available for take-home exams or for exams that are multiple-choice only and require the use of a Scantron form to record answers (exams TBA).

Exams will start on time, so make sure that you have downloaded Examplify, taken several practice exams, and also downloaded your exam file(s) before your exam day. If you attempt to install the software and/or download your exam file in the exam room and have difficulty connecting to the Internet, the proctors will be unable to provide you with additional time or technical assistance and you will have to handwrite your exam. Also, if you arrive late to any exam, you will not receive compensatory time.

On the Day of Your Proctored Essay Exam
In order to be able to type your proctored essay exam, you must bring your own laptop and your power cord to the exam room. You will need to write your exam by hand if you do not bring with you a power cord. Also, you are required to arrive in the exam room 30 minutes before the start of the exam to allow for pre-examination announcements and instructions. 

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, ExamSoft is responsible for all technical support for Examplify and you are advised to contact ExamSoft directly for technical issues with installing and testing ExamSoft’s Examplify on your laptop. ExamSoft offers full technical support and its staff can be contacted by telephone (866-429-8889) or by e-mail ([email protected]). Answers to frequently asked questions can be found at its FAQ page at www.examsoft.com/main/index.php. You are advised to address any technical issues well in advance of your first exam.

Handwritten Exams (other than multiple-choice exams using Scantron forms)
You must sign up with Registration Services by Monday, November 25, to handwrite a proctored essay exam. You may remove your name if you change your mind later. 

Scantron Exams
No notification is necessary for multiple-choice exams recorded on Scantron forms (coures TBA). You will not be using SoftTest for these exams. Only a #2 pencil can be used to record answers on a Scantron form, so make sure to be prepared with #2 pencils and an eraser if your exam is a multiple-choice exam or has a multiple-choice section that requires the use of a Scantron form.

Open-Book Exams
If you have material on your computer that you intend to use during an open-book exam, you must print it out before arriving at the exam room. You are not permitted to access any programs or files on your computer or on other electronic devices during a proctored exam. In addition, you cannot use electronic versions of textbooks in open-book exams.

Take-Home Exams
All Take-Home Exams are administered online using Electronic Blue Book (EBB). Instructors expect you to type your answers for take-home exams, and you may use the word-processing software of your choice. Make sure to include a header/footer listing the course number, title, instructor, and your exam number. DO NOT WRITE YOUR NAME ON ANY PAGE OF YOUR EXAM ANSWER.