M.L.S. students take the same exam given to the J.D. students in a class. They may only be given the option to write a paper in lieu of an exam if that option is available to the J.D. students as well.
Each semester, the Records Office will post updated exam policies and procedures. The following general rules apply:
If, at any time in the semester, a student is experiencing overwhelming circumstances and feels that s/he cannot perform adequately in class work, course papers, independent study papers or projects, and/or exams, s/he is encouraged to bring this to the attention of the Dean of Students when the problem occurs and consult about the possibility of postponing exams, obtaining an extension, withdrawing from the School of Law, or, depending on the circumstances, other alternatives. Relevant circumstances may include unexpected or special hardship due to significant physical or mental health challenges; major family or other personal relationship stressors; or urgent financial demands. Students facing such challenges must communicate with the Dean of Students before taking an exam or completing an assignment in order to obtain scheduling, deadline, or other forms of relief.
A professor may decline to permit a student to take the final examination, submit a final paper or complete other final requirements in a course where the professor has determined that the student's attendance or required participation has been unsatisfactory. As a matter of practice, the professor must notify the student in writing of the unsatisfactory attendance or participation record and what is planned if such is not corrected, so that the student will have an opportunity during the semester to improve his/her attendance or participation in the course.