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TheJesus

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Quick Exams Question from a soon-to-be 1L
« on: December 26, 2005, 07:23:06 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?



 


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Re: Quick Exams Question from a soon-to-be 1L
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2005, 08:07:54 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.

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Re: Quick Exams Question from a soon-to-be 1L
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2005, 08:52:00 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.

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TheJesus

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Re: Quick Exams Question from a soon-to-be 1L
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2005, 02:08:02 PM »
Thanks for the info...

Anyone else?

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Re: Quick Exams Question from a soon-to-be 1L
« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2005, 02:29:07 PM »
My school also allows students to write their exams in a bluebook or to use their laptop.
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Re: Quick Exams Question from a soon-to-be 1L
« Reply #5 on: December 27, 2005, 02:40:57 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.

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Re: Quick Exams Question from a soon-to-be 1L
« Reply #6 on: December 27, 2005, 09:32:05 PM »
blue book or pc at rutgers.  90% of students use laptops.  HAndwriting for 4 hours straight is no fun!

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Re: Quick Exams Question from a soon-to-be 1L
« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2005, 10:38:54 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.
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Re: Quick Exams Question from a soon-to-be 1L
« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2005, 11:33:20 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.

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Re: Quick Exams Question from a soon-to-be 1L
« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2005, 11:55:06 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!)
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