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Final Exam Regulations (J.D. and LL.M.)

  1. General Regulations: Giving or receiving unauthorized assistance, failure to stop writing or typing when time is called, use of unauthorized materials or devices, violating Law School regulations or in any other manner practicing dishonesty during or in connection with an exam is a violation of the Penn State Law Honor Code and may result in the student’s expulsion from the Law School. In addition, faculty may assign a grade of F or another grade-based sanction for dishonest behavior in connection with an exam. Personal headphones, including noise canceling, are not permitted. The Law School provides ear plugs upon request. Students shall be provided with scratch paper at the time of the exam.

    Cell Phones.  The use of cell phones is absolutely prohibited during law school exams.  If you bring a cell phone into an exam, you must turn it off and store it with your other belongings in the front of the room (see below about personal belongings).  If you need to be reached during an exam due to a family emergency, please provide your family member the following list of contacts to call:
         
       In Carlisle:  
        Student Services: (717) 240-5247
         Registrar: (717) 240-5105
         Academic Affairs: (717) 240-5104
       In University Park:  
        Student Services: (814) 863-1743
         Registrar: (814) 863-9938
        Academic Affairs: (814) 867-2808
      If we receive an emergency call for you, a staff member will escort you from the exam to a private office so you may address the emergency.

    Calculators. If you are permitted to use a calculator during an exam, you must use an “old-fashioned” calculator that has no other function and cannot be connected to the internet.  You may not use a calculator application on a cell phone or any other electronic device.

    Dictionaries. If you are permitted by your professor to use a dictionary, you may use a traditional paper English language and/or translation dictionary or you may use a foreign language translating dictionary in an electronic form, provided it has no memory capacity, contains no other functions besides language translation, and does not connect to the internet.  You may not use a dictionary application on a cell phone or any other electronic device.

    Personal Belongings. All backpacks, bags, books, and materials not otherwise permitted during an examination must be stored in the front of the classroom.

    Leaving the Exam Room.  If you need to leave the exam room at any time during the exam (for a restroom break or otherwise), you must be absolutely certain that you do not carry a cell phone or similar electronic device with you out of the exam room.

  2. Anonymous GradingExam numbers are assigned to J.D. and LL.M. students for use on exams to assure students anonymity in the grading process. Until grades are delivered by the faculty member to the Office of the Registrar, students may not reveal an exam number to any person. Students are responsible for obtaining exam numbers from e-Lion prior to the exam. Exam numbers will be used as the only identifier on exam materials, and placing the exam number on the exam is the student’s responsibility. Accordingly, students who place their names on exams or answer sheet(s) will have waived the right to have their exam anonymously graded. To preserve student anonymity, the Office for Student Services is responsible for distributing, proctoring, and collecting exams for students who have received a disability-based exam accommodation. 
     
  3. Computer Use and Handwritten Exams: Students who wish to use a laptop to type exam answers must be familiar with and comply with the Computer Exam Procedures. Students who are handwriting must use the answer booklets provided in the exam room. A student who begins typing in a secure exam program but encounters a computer problem should seek assistance from an IIT office staff member. Such a student may switch to handwriting in supplied answer booklets, however, he or she may not log out of the exam software and his or her laptop must remain closed until the expiration of the exam period. 
     
  4. Exam Schedule: Administration of final exams other than at the scheduled time is permitted only to accommodate students with adjacent scheduled exams or for other compelling reasons. The law school Registrar schedules all make-up exams.

    Other Compelling Reasons. Students who encounter a compelling reason to reschedule an exam, for example, an acute illness, accident or a family emergency, should contact the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs who will reschedule an exam  in consultation with the faculty member in appropriate cases.  

    Tardy and No-Show Students. Students are responsible for arriving to scheduled exams before the designated start time. Any student who arrives late must see the professor responsible for the exam for instructions. Absent instructions from a faculty member, the Associate Dean’s Office presumes that students who are not present at the start of the exam are not eligible to take the exam.