Fall 2017 Exams
FALL 2017 FINAL EXAM PERIOD
Upper-Year Exams: Monday, December 11, through Wednesday, December 20
First-Year Exams: Friday, December 8, through Wednesday, December 20
Room 107 Jerome Greene Hall: The Exam Administration room will be staffed weekdays during the exam period beginning at 9 am.
Rooms 304 Jerome Greene Hall and L104 William & June Warren Hall: These rooms 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 2017 Exam Room Information
Friday, December 8
Contracts, sec 6 (part 1; also includes a Take Home portion)
Torts, sec 1
Torts, sec 2
Monday, December 11
Corporations, Sec 2
Corporations, Sec 3
Mann, Ronald Mann
Tuesday, December 12
Conflict of Laws
Federal Income Tax, sec 2
Ideas of the First Amendment
Blasi, Vincent/Jaffer, Jameel
International Commercial Arbitration
Wednesday, December 13
Constitutional Law, sec 1
Constitutional Law, sec 2
Constitutional Law, sec 3
Constitutional Law, sec 6
Contracts, sec 1
Contracts, sec 3
Contracts, sec 4
Contracts, sec 5
Contracts, sec 7
Thursday , December 14
American Contract Law
Professional Responsibility, sec 1
Professional Responsibility, sec 2
Japanese Law, Society and Economy
Trusts and Estates
Friday, December 15
Advanced Corporate Law: Mergers and Acquistions
European Union Law & Institutions
Law of the Political Process
Law of the WTO
Monday, December 18
Antitrust and Trade Regulation
Corporations, sec 1
Real Estate Transactions
Corporate Reorganization and Bankruptcy
Gerber, Michael/Glenn, Martin
Tuesday, December 19
Derivatives Law and Regulation
Kalbaugh, Gary/Molesworth, Rita
Professional Responsibility for the Transactional Lawyer
Wednesday, December 20
Civil Procedure, sec 1
Civil Procedure, sec 3
Civil Procedure, sec 4
Monday, December 11
First day to complete upper-year take-home exams, unless otherwise noted below
304 Jerome Greene Hall &
L104 Wm & June Warren Hall
Reserved weekdays during the exam period for students needing a place to work on 8-hour take-home exams.
All Take Home exams are administered online. More information about using the Online Take Home Exam system can be found here.
Format of exam answer: You must type, using your own word-processing software for take-home exams. ExamSoft SofTest 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.
LAST DAY TO SUBMIT TAKE-HOME EXAMS
Wednesday, December 20 (unless another date is indicated below)
NOTE: Several 8-hour take-home exams are limited to one day only
Exams may be taken any time during the
exam period unless otherwise noted below
Adv. Con. Law: 1st Amendment
Adv. Corporate Law: Mergers and Acquisitions (Part 2)
Adv. Family Law: Pre-Nups, Property Distribution, and Alimony in Divorce
American Litigation Practice
Anthropology and the Law
Civil Procedure, sec 2
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 20 ONLY 8-hr Take-Home
Constitutional Law, sec 4
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 13 ONLY
Constitutional Law, sec 5
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 13 ONLY
Contracts, sec 2
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 13 ONLY
Contracts, sec 6
FRIDAY DECEMBER 8 ONLY
3 1/2-hr Take-Home (part 2; completed after the proctored exam)
Gilson, Ronald/Goldberg, Victor
Davis, Stephen/ Kaplan, Jack
2-hr Take-Home; all students must complete by December 15
Environmental Issues in Business Practice (seminar)
Morreale, Matthew/Rivlin, Kenneth
Federal Income Tax, sec 1
*NEW INFORMATION: AVAILABLE ANY DAY DEC 11-20*
Financial Crises, Regulatory Responses
Bolton, Patrick/Gordon, Jeffrey
THURSDAY DECEMBER 14 ONLY
Financial Statement Analysis and Interpretation
International Banking & Financial Law (seminar)
Kourides, Nicholas/Lee, Paul
International Criminal Court
Mental Health Law (seminar)
Professional Responsiblity in Criminal Law
Real Estate Development
Gold, Martin/Suarez, Mario
Topics in Education Law
COLUMBIA LAW SCHOOL EXAMINATION REGULATIONS
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 e-mail [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 within a reasonable time (one or two days, and by no later than the end of the examination period – Wednesday, December 20, 2017).
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 e-mail 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, s/he 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.
RESCHEDULING A LAW SCHOOL EXAMINATION
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 that would warrant an adjustment to your exam schedule.If you have any of the conflicts listed below, send an e-mail to Registration Services by Friday, November 3, to arrange an adjustment to your exam schedule.Address your e-mail to [email protected] and include “Exam Rescheduling Request” in the Subject Line.
Registration Services will determine which exam will be rescheduled, and will notify you of the date of your rescheduled exam by Friday, December 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.
- 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.
- 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 within a reasonable time (one or two days, and by no later than the end of the examination period).
- Birth of a child: An exam will be rescheduled if the student is attending the birth of his/her child.
- Religious Observance: An exam will be rescheduled if it conflicts with a religious observance on the day of the exam.
- 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.
- 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 (Wednesday, December 20), 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 2017 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.
LAPTOP AND HAND-WRITTEN EXAMINATIONS
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 SofTest software from ExamSoft, provided free of charge to all.As an alternative, students may choose to handwrite their exams.SofTest is not used for take-home exams.
SofTest 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 e-mailed 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:
- 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
- INSTALL THE EXAMSOFT SOFTWARE (SOFTEST) 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 SofTest is needed for Spring 2016 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
- PRACTICE USING THE SOFTWARE: After installing the software (SofTest), 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.
- 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 the SofTest software 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 the SofTest software, 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 SofTest and you are advised to contact ExamSoft directly for technical issues with installing and testing ExamSoft’s SofTest 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.
HAND-WRITTEN EXAMS (other than multiple-choice exams using Scantron forms): For December 2017 exams, you must sign up with Registration Services by Monday, November 27, 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: ExamSoft is not used for take-home exams. Instructors expect you to type your answers for take-home exams, and you may use the word-processing software of your choice. Turn in a paper version of your exam answer (unless otherwise instructed). 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. If your course is taught by more than one instructor, you must submit one copy of your exam answer for each instructor.