The College of Law has arranged for help to be available to you during exam weeks. While many of the exams have a 24-hour window, the College of Law does not have staffing available 24 hours per day.
We have extended our contact hours to help assist you, but please make note that help will not be available between 9pm and 9am, so you will want to plan accordingly.
My exam is being administered through Examsoft.
If your exam is being administered through Examsoft, and you are having an issue with the software, please contact Trent McPheron at (859) 572-1477 between the hours of 9am-9pm, Mon-Fri.
My exam is being administered through TWEN.
If your exam is being administered through TWEN, and you are having issues, please contact your faculty member. If you have been unable to reach them, contact Associate Dean, Lawrence Rosenthal at (859) 391-2658 between the hours of 9am-9pm.
I need to email my handwritten exam.
If you need to submit your handwritten exam, please email the exam to Jen Young, Chase Registrar, at email@example.com
It is Saturday and I need help.
On Saturday, May 2, you can contact Associate Dean, Lawrence Rosenthal at
(859) 391-2658 between the hours of 9am-130pm.
If you have any other questions, please contact Ashley Siemer at (859) 572-5841 between the hours of 9am-9pm, Mon.-Fri.
Schedule a specific time for your exam.
Many professors are offering 24-hour windows for their exam. Do not use 24 hours to craft your exam answer. Instead schedule a window in your day where you have 3-4 hours to sit and complete the exam. You want to create a space and time that is free of distractions so that you can commit yourself to your exam for the time allotted by your professor. Scheduling as specific time can also help cut down on procrastination.
Take advantage of the exam bank Professor Burton posted.
One of the best ways to prepare for final exams is to look at prior exam questions. Professor Burton sent an email on 3/31 about how she created a TWEN Page called Exam Depot. On that page is a plethora of prior exams from professors across the country in almost every subject that will be tested on this spring.
Most of those exams have model answers that you can also look at. I would highly recommend that you look at exams in the courses you’re being tested in and try to draft practice answers. Then compare your practice answers to the model answers. Direct practice exams is a great way to see how professors ask about different issues and what they look for in answers.
Prepare, prepare, prepare.
Many of you probably breathed a sigh of relief when you heard that exams were take-home. It’s true that you’ll have your course materials with you. That does not mean that you are able to learn a semester’s worth of material within a 24-hour window for your exam. You must prepare. That means reviewing your materials. It means going to professors prior to exam time to clarify any issues that you are not understanding. It means organizing your materials so that you can quickly lay hands on the specific part of your outline or notes that pertain to the topic your exam is asking about. You don’t want to spend your precious time in an open-book exam searching your book and notes for the rule or case that you know the question is about.
Preparing for a take-home open-book exam is very similar to preparing for a closed book exam. You still need to be proficient in the material before you read the questions. The key difference here is that your professors may expect more because you’ll have the entirety of the course material at your fingertips. So it’s important that those fingertips can find the relevant material efficiently.
Review your answers.
Please take the time to reread your answers to make sure that they make sense and convey the messages you intend. Simple proofreading and editing can go a long way to help make your exam more reader-friendly which also means it’s more grader-friendly. It will be appreciated by your professors and, it can save you some points by making sure you didn’t make any major mistakes. This is a luxury that we often don’t have in 3-hour exam windows.
Remember to take care of yourself.
We are living in very stressful times, and many of you are juggling work, family obligations, and law school finals. You will not give your best exam responses if you are not taking care of yourself. Try to get a good night’s sleep before your exam. Try to get some regular exercise if possible and find some time for relaxation. It is important to maintain your psyche and your body for your best performance.
The Chase Honor Code still applies to this semester's exams. Please keep in mind that exams are not group projects; they are opportunities for each of you to demonstrate your level of mastery of the various subject areas covered in the courses you are taking.
Do not consult with your classmates and do not use sources your professor prohibits you from using. Yes, you will be taking these exams without any proctors watching, but I do hope all of you will resist the possible temptation to use unauthorized sources (including each other) during the exam period.
The Honor Code places an affirmative duty on students to report suspected Honor Code violations. If you become aware of possible Honor Code violations, please inform Associate Dean Lawrence Rosenthal at firstname.lastname@example.org
Take a moment to read "Law School Honor Code Violation is a Basis for Denying Bar Admission," an article about the seriusness of Honor Code violations. In short, it provides a great example of what can happen to your chances of becoming a member of the state bar if you violate the Honor Code while taking a take-home exam.
If you have a test through Examsoft this spring, your test will be embedded into the software rather than delivered to you as a hard-copy. Trent McPheron has created two practice exams so you can see what the new format will look like prior to the actual exam.
The two exams are called "Simple Mock Exam" and "Secure and Timed Mock Exam." When you open up Examsoft, these test will be available to download and you can take the tests at any time.
The password for both tests is Mock01. (case sensitive)
For Spring 2020 grades, the College of Law will apply a system of mandatory Credit/No Credit.
Under this policy, a student who would otherwise receive a grade of D+ or better will receive a grade of "Cr". A student who would otherwise receive a grade of D, D- or F will receive a grade of `NC' - meaning the student would not receive any unit credit for the course. Students who receive a NC in a Required class will be required to retake that class. The grade earned in the retake will be recorded as the grade for the course in the semester in which student retakes the course.
No grade for Spring 2020 shall be used in the computation of a student's GPA for any reason.
All students taking makeup exams on May 11 have a 1pm start time.
If you are taking Professor Boltz' UCC Basics exam, it is a "timed" exam. Your exam window opens at 1:00pm and closes at 5:30pm, unless you are registered with the Office of Disability Services and have received exam accommodations.
All other exams have a 24-hour window, which means your exam window opens at 1pm and closes on May 12 at 1:00pm.
Examsoft and TWEN record when an exam is opened/downloaded, so if you open it before the time indicated above, that will constitute an Honor Code violation.