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Law Students => Current Law Students => Topic started by: TheJesus on December 26, 2005, 05:23:06 PM

Title: Quick Exams Question from a soon-to-be 1L
Post by: TheJesus on December 26, 2005, 05:23:06 PM
I was just curious about this...

When extensive writing is required on a law school exam(as opposed to multiple choice exams), are you usually required to do the writing by hand in a Blue Book or something similar or are students usually allowed to use a computer to type out their answers?

My girlfriend is a current 1L and her school has a computer program that they install on student laptops that allows students to type their answers but doesn't allow them to use any other resource on their computer (such as the Internet or an outline) if the test is not open note...

I'd have to imagine that every school might be different, but is this the norm?



 

Title: Re: Quick Exams Question from a soon-to-be 1L
Post by: SLJ0720 on December 26, 2005, 06:07:54 PM
At my school you can write your exam in a bluebook or use a computer program like your girlfriend's school.  I think most schools have similar policies.
Title: Re: Quick Exams Question from a soon-to-be 1L
Post by: giraffe205 on December 26, 2005, 06:52:00 PM
At my school you can write your exam in a bluebook or use a computer program like your girlfriend's school.  I think most schools have similar policies.

affirmed.
Title: Re: Quick Exams Question from a soon-to-be 1L
Post by: TheJesus on December 27, 2005, 12:08:02 PM
Thanks for the info...

Anyone else?
Title: Re: Quick Exams Question from a soon-to-be 1L
Post by: sahm on December 27, 2005, 12:29:07 PM
My school also allows students to write their exams in a bluebook or to use their laptop.
Title: Re: Quick Exams Question from a soon-to-be 1L
Post by: lincolnsgrandson on December 27, 2005, 12:40:57 PM
At Fordham, the first year exams are still all bluebook.  But I think that may change in the next few years.
Many of the upper level exams are available to take by computer, with a system called SecureExam. When you are taking it on SecureExam, you cannot access anything else on your laptop.  If it's open book (which most exams at Fordham are), you have to bring in your hard materials. 
If you have the option to take an exam on computer, I suggest that you do it.
Title: Re: Quick Exams Question from a soon-to-be 1L
Post by: gmon72 on December 27, 2005, 07:32:05 PM
blue book or pc at rutgers.  90% of students use laptops.  HAndwriting for 4 hours straight is no fun!
Title: Re: Quick Exams Question from a soon-to-be 1L
Post by: lipper on December 27, 2005, 08:38:54 PM
at albany, all the first year exams are offered on ExamSoft (a program that locks you out of everything on your computer, while you take the exam), and it is up to the professor in 2nd and 3rd year classes.
Title: Re: Quick Exams Question from a soon-to-be 1L
Post by: slacker on December 28, 2005, 09:33:20 PM
Choices at my school are own laptop (generally locked out, but depends on prof.), lab computer (same as laptop on the lockout), or handwrite. With the exception of one course that had to be handwritten, I do the lab computer.
Title: Re: Quick Exams Question from a soon-to-be 1L
Post by: MichaelK on December 28, 2005, 09:55:06 PM
Choices were Bluebook or Laptop w/ SecureExam.  Though it was not as tough here to write exams because 2 of my 4 exams contained multiple choice sections and none of the exams can be longer than 3 hours.  It also helped that my exams that were all essay involved at least 4 questions each (reading fact patterns gives your hand a much needed break!)
Title: Re: Quick Exams Question from a soon-to-be 1L
Post by: Unknown601 on December 29, 2005, 05:46:33 PM
Havent posted in ages but if u have the option and you can type even fairly decently then type. I go to the same school as MichaelK and I typed my exams and finished my civpro final w/ about 5 min left. Now I had a different civpro prof then Michael but if I had to hand write all of my exams, I think I might have just hung myself halfway through the 2nd or 3rd test.
Now to answer the question that OP actually asked, from what I've heard from other students, many (most?) schools have some sort of option to use laptops.
Title: Re: Quick Exams Question from a soon-to-be 1L
Post by: TheJesus on December 31, 2005, 07:58:19 AM
Well, so much for that...

I finally found the information I was looking for on the website of the school that is my first choice and they do not allow laptops to be used on exams...

This is a real bummer...my handwriting really sucks and I can forsee this being held against me on exams...plus, I find it easier to put an complex thought down on paper when I can quickly edit and erase the text in front of me as you can do with a word processor program...
Title: Re: Quick Exams Question from a soon-to-be 1L
Post by: ellie500 on January 03, 2006, 08:06:34 AM
how bout this one - we had an option of blue book writing or using a TYPEWRITER...you had to bring your own typewriter.  Needless to say most people hand-wrote.  It sucked.
Title: Re: Quick Exams Question from a soon-to-be 1L
Post by: TheJesus on January 03, 2006, 12:42:36 PM
how bout this one - we had an option of blue book writing or using a TYPEWRITER...you had to bring your own typewriter.  Needless to say most people hand-wrote.  It sucked.

Yep...that's exactly the policy at the school I am planning to go to....

Your school isn't in Michigan by any chance, is it?
Title: Re: Quick Exams Question from a soon-to-be 1L
Post by: Unknown601 on January 03, 2006, 02:37:19 PM
Typewriter?!?!?!? Geez. If u ask really nicely will they let u use a stone tablet and chisel?
Title: Re: Quick Exams Question from a soon-to-be 1L
Post by: SleepyGuyYawn on January 03, 2006, 03:43:59 PM
Yea, at my law school, 90% of students use laptops for exams.  And generally (I think) mult. choice questions rarely make up more than a third of any exam (that may be different for fourth tier schools, as they focus more on preparing students for the bar exam, which has a lot of mult choice).  And many exams (most exams at many schools) have no mult choice or short answer questions at all -- only issue spotters. 
Title: Re: Quick Exams Question from a soon-to-be 1L
Post by: ellie500 on January 04, 2006, 09:22:02 AM
I know - crazy, huh?  No, not Michigan. UW Madison