Second- and third-year law students at Northwestern, with some minor exceptions, schedule their own final examinations during a 13-day final examination period. Proposed over three years ago, a vast majority of students support this approach to exam-taking for the flexibility it gives them. Administrators support the self-scheduled system of exams because it is consistent with the maturity and integrity expected of Northwestern Law students.
What are called self-scheduled examinations can be described simply as the central distribution during office hours of examinations. You choose the day and, with certain practical constraints, the time that you will write your examinations. You also choose the place where the examination will be written. All law school classrooms are reserved for this purpose. The time you choose to take the exam is documented to ensure compliance with the professor set times to write any particular exam. You will determine the order in which your exams will be written.
The rules and limitations of examinations set by each professor are enforced by the student's own integrity and an active student-defined honor code that has stated, as one of its principles, that students will not seek an advantage over other students in the writing of exams.
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