That's really kinda dumb, imo. What difference does it make if you use spellcheck or not? Granted, if you can't spell, that means you are too stupid for living... (lol).
But honestly. As attorneys, making the big money, will we or will we not, be able to use spellcheck? I suppose we will be able to, as will our secretaries...
I propose we should have a sit-in secretary double check our exams before we turn it in.
That is all.
The rationale I've heard is that professors would rather us put the extra three minutes into writing/thinking than into spell checking.
Relax, they aren't always out to get you.
Just for the hell of it...I put res ipsa locquitor, granted that might be spelled wrong, but it should be close enough that if it was in Word Spellchecker, it should come up as a choice-well it didn't.
Personally, I think it may be very distracting, and some people may wish it was off if they were perfectionists, sometimes bad grammar may be necessary, especially in a test situation where you don't have a lot of time to create great grammatically correct sentences.