Final Exam Memo

All Fall 2021 final exams will be take-home exams. With the exception of take-home exams in required first-year courses as indicated below, final exams will be available to download and complete starting at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 7th, and must be completed and uploaded to the online exam interface no later than 12 p.m./noon (Pacific Time) on Thursday, December 16th.

First-Year Courses: Take-home exams in 1L courses are assigned a 24-hour window during the exam period in which to be completed. The exams will become available at 12:00am on the day listed and must be completed and submitted by 11:59pm (Pacific Time) that day. The Schedule for 1L exams is as follows:

  • Tuesday, December 7th: All Civil Procedure Sections
  • Saturday, December 11th: All Criminal Law Sections & Torts (Sections 1, 2, and 3 only)
  • Wednesday, December 15th: All Contracts Sections & Torts (Section 4 only)

Exams are administered via the online exam interface available here. To access the exam interface from the Berkeley Law website click “For Students” and then “Exams.”

We have created a series of short instructional videos covering how the online exam interface works available here. Please view the instructional videos. If you have questions after watching the videos and reading this memo, please email Kyle Valenti, Senior Director of Student Services, at kvalenti@law.berkeley.edu.

  • All Fall 2021 final exams will be take-home exams. With the exception of take-home exams in first-year courses as indicated below, final exams will be available to download and complete (self-schedule) starting at 8:30am on Tuesday, December 7th, and must be completed and uploaded to the online exam interface no later than 12pm/noon (Pacific Time) on Thursday, December 16th.
  • All First-Year Courses: Take-home exams in 1L courses are assigned a 24-hour window during the exam period in which to be completed. The exams will become available to complete (self-schedule) at 12:00am. on the day listed and must be completed and submitted by 11:59pm (Pacific Time) that day. The schedule for 1L exams is as follows:
 Tuesday, December 7th: All Civil Procedure Sections
Saturday, December 11th: All Criminal Law Sections & Torts (Sections 1, 2, and 3 only)
Wednesday, December 15th: All Contracts Sections & Torts (Section 4 only)
 
  • If you fail to complete your take-exam during the designated window and have not been authorized to take the exam at a later date by Student Services, you will not be permitted to take your exam (and will receive no credit for the exam) absent exigent circumstances that prevent you from contacting us prior to your scheduled exam.
  • How much time you have to work on a given take-home exam once it has been checked out from the exam interface is determined by your professor and will be noted in the exam interface and on the cover sheet for the exam.
  • Take-home exams may be completed anywhere you have internet access. For those of you in the area during the exam period, we are reserving several classrooms throughout the exam period for students who wish to quietly take exams of the same length together. Please see the attached Fall 2021 Group Takehome Schedule pdf for more information.
  • Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or Kyle Kate Dudley, Assistant Director for Accessible Education (kylekatedudley@berkeley.edu), if you need accommodations or to postpone exams for any reason. The law school is committed to providing accommodations, including for disability, medical, pregnancy, and religious reasons.
  • All exams are administered using the online exam interface (from the Berkeley Law homepage, click ‘For Students’ and then ‘Exams’).
  • Watch the short instructional videos covering how the online exam interface works. These videos can also be found via a link at the top of your personalized exam page in the online exam interface.
  • Your personalized exam page in the online exam interface contains a list of your classes and final exams. After clicking on an exam, you will: (a) find that exam’s unique Exam Tracking ID (ETI) number; (b) be able to check out and download the exam; and, (c) upload your exam answers. Note: Your exam may not appear on your personalized exam page until the exam is provisioned a few days before the exam.
  • All take-home exam essay answers should be formatted in Microsoft Word as follows:     

Document name: Course_Professor_Semester_Exam Tracking ID Number

Header: Course_Professor _Semester_Exam Tracking ID Number (you may cut-and-paste this header information from your exam’s page in the online exam interface)

Page size: 8.5” x 11”

Page numbers: X of Y

Margins: 1-inch margins

  • Exams are graded anonymously. To protect anonymity, never put your name on your exam. Use only your Exam Tracking ID number.  For the same reason, do not contact your professor about an exam in progress, or about an exam after the exam is completed but before receiving your grade. Instead, contact examhelp@law.berkeley.edu.
  • All multiple-choice exam answers should be submitted electronically via the exam interface’s online multiple-choice answer submission form for that particular exam.
  • If there is an emergency, you become sick, or you have other issues that prevent you from completing an exam, or from taking an exam by the end of the exam period, you must contact me by email (kvalenti@law.berkeley.edu) as soon as possible. If you fail to do this, you risk receiving a grade of No Pass or No Credit.
  • If you need technical assistance during the exam period please contact examhelp@law.berkeley.edu (at any time). If you have technical issues during an exam, you must contact exam administration immediately/at the time the technical issue is occurring.
  • Save your exam file often and always perform a final save before uploading your exam. We highly encourage you to back up your files and exam answers to Google Drive (or a similar service). Go to bconnected.berkeley.edu and click on bDrive to install Google Drive on your computer. You are also permitted to type your exam in google docs, provided you otherwise follow the exam rules and you upload your exam answer as a word file.  
  • Do not re-save, open, or otherwise alter your exam file once you have completed and uploaded your exam. In case there is an issue with your upload, we will need to examine the file and its timestamp.
  • All papers are due no later than Thursday, December 16th at 12:00 p.m./noon (Pacific Time) unless your professor has given you or your class a different deadline. Papers should be submitted to your professor directly either through email or bCourses. Please contact your professor for details regarding how they would like to collect their papers

Final exams are conducted according to the Berkeley Law Academic Honor Code (the “Honor Code”) (https://www.law.berkeley.edu/academics/registrar/academic-rules/academic-honor- code/) and the Academic Rules (https://www.law.berkeley.edu/academics/registrar/academic- rules/).

Primary responsibility for the adherence to the Honor Code rests with each individual member of the Berkeley Law community. A student, faculty member, or staff member who witnesses a

violation or apparent violation of the Honor Code should bring the matter to the attention of Annik Hirshen, Dean of Students or, in her absence, Kyle Valenti, Senior Director of Student Services.

The following are some examples of conduct that are potential violations of the Honor Code:

  • Using any materials that are not permitted by the rules of the particular exam
  • Requesting or receiving unauthorized help
  • Consulting unauthorized sources
  • Beginning to write your exam before being instructed by the proctor to do so
  • Continuing to write your exam after having been instructed by the proctor to stop
  • Looking at the exam of a neighboring student
  • Failing to report conduct by another student that violates or appears to violate the Honor Code
  • Discussing the contents of an exam or your response to an exam question with someone who has not yet taken the exam
  • Discussing an exam with someone who has already taken it before you have taken it yourself

If you have any questions about these or other exam issues, it is your responsibility to seek answers to them. Students are responsible for reading and understanding the rules of each exam; a student who is unsure about the rules of a particular exam is responsible for clarifying any questions prior to taking the exam. By uploading an exam, you certify that you followed the Honor Code.

During exam week you will be writing and storing many files on your computer. In addition to saving early and often, Berkeley Law IT suggests students use the UC Berkeley bDrive (Google Drive) solution to backup their exam files during this critical time. We suggest using bDrive as we have seen occasional computer or application issues during exams, causing some data loss.

While not replacing saving often, bDrive will provide an additional level of backup. When taking your exams, we highly recommend saving your documents in the “Google Folder” bDrive creates. As long as your wifi is turned on and connected, your files will be backed up to your bConnected account every few minutes. You can install the bDrive through bconnected.berkeley.edu.

You are also permitted to type your exam in google docs, provided you otherwise follow the exam’s rules (including any rules regarding internet access) and you upload your exam answer as a word file.

 

Your personalized exam page in the online exam interface contains a list of your classes and final exams: https://www.law.berkeley.edu/php-programs/students/exams/index.php

After clicking on an exam, you will: (a) find that exam’s unique Exam Tracking ID (ETI) number; (b) be able to check out and download the exam (take-home exams only); and, (c) upload your exam answers. Note: Your exam may not appear on your personalized exam page until the exam is provisioned a few days before the exam.

You will need Word or any software that will save in .doc format and a wireless internet connection. Any PC or Mac computer that fits our minimum requirements can be used.

All exams will have a cover sheet with information about the type, length and materials that may be used on the exam.

If the cover sheet states that the exam is closed book, then no outside materials or notes are permitted. Close all open documents and windows on your computer. The only document open on your computer during a closed book exam should be your exam answer.

If the cover sheet states that the exam is open book, then you may consult any course materials and outside materials in any format from any source (hard copy, online, electronic, or otherwise). Some exams will be limited open book and will state what specific materials, and sometimes formats of those materials, you may or may not consult during the exam.

Unless explicitly permitted by the instructor, it will be considered an Honor Code violation to cut-and-paste material into an exam answer from any electronically stored or available source including by use of function keys or keyboard shortcuts (with the exception of the header from the online exam interface).

For essay exams, create a new document in Word for your exam answers. Name the document with the course name, the professor’s name, the semester, and your Exam Tracking ID Number (ETI), and save it to your computer desktop. For example: Legal Profession_Lewis_Fall 2021_ab123. Create a header in the document that includes the same information. You may cut- and-paste the header information from that exam’s page in your online exam interface.

For multiple-choice exams, you will submit your answers using the online multiple-choice interface. Please see the instructional videos for more information: https://www.law.berkeley.edu/php-programs/students/exams/videos.php

Never put your name on your exam answers or question sheet – use only your exam number (this protects your anonymity).

Double space your answers, use a standard font, use 1-inch margins, include pages numbers in X of Y format, and format your document to be letter sized (8.5” x 11”).

Save your answer document before you begin typing, throughout the exam, and before you upload your exam. We highly recommend you save your document directly to your desktop or another folder where you will be able to easily identify and access it during the upload process.

Do not re-save, open, or otherwise alter your exam file once you have completed and uploaded your exam. In case of an upload issue, we will want to examine the file and its time stamp.

Take-home exams will be available to download and submit in the online exam interface during its designated window. We do not check out paper copies of take-home exams, but you may print them. Any PC or Mac computer with internet access that fits our minimum requirements can be used. If you would like to handwrite your take-home exam, please contact examhelp@law.berkeley.edu for the procedure.

Your take-home exam will be timed in consecutive hours from the moment you ‘check out’ the exam to the time you upload the completed exam. It is the responsibility of each student to calculate the time they have available to work on an exam and to return exams within the specified time. How much time you have to work on a given take-home exam once it has been checked out from the exam interface will be noted in the exam interface and on the cover sheet for the exam. Do not ‘check out’ your take-home exam until you’re ready to take it. If you upload your answer later than the permitted time or beyond the exam window, the extent of your lateness will be noted for the instructor.

If you encounter a problem with a take-home exam, email examhelp@law.berkeley.edu or kvalenti@law.berkeley.edu with the details (and attach your exam answer if you are having difficulty uploading).

You do not need to be connected to the internet for the entirety of your take-home exam. You only need to be connected to the internet in order to download and upload the exam.

If there is an emergency, you get sick, or you have other issues that prevent you from completing an exam or completing an exam by the end of the exam period, you must contact Kyle Valenti by email (kvalenti@law.berkeley.edu).

If you fail to complete your take-exam during the designated window and have not been authorized to take the exam at a later date by Student Services, you will not be permitted to take your exam (and will receive no credit for the exam) absent exigent circumstances that prevent you from contacting us prior to your scheduled exam.

If you would like to request or discuss accommodations, please contact Kyle Dudley (kylekatedudley@berkeley.edu) as soon as possible if you have not already done so.

If you have technical issues during an exam, you must contact exam administration at examhelp@law.berkeley.edu immediately (at the time the technical issue is occurring).

If you have any questions about the information in this memo, or if questions arise during the exam period, please contact examhelp@law.berkeley.edu