Exams

Current Exam Schedule

Exam schedules for the current or next semester can be found at Schedules.  

Blind Grading Policy

Exams are identified by the exam numbers issued to students, not by student name. You will receive an exam number for each semester prior to your exams. You are instructed not to write your name on any exams or on any answer books.

Exam Procedures

Students have the option to either write their exams or to take their exams online on their own laptop computers. Students taking their exams online must bring their own computer with SofTest  software previously installed on it, a power cord, and a pen and/or pencil. A network cord is strongly encouraged. An external mouse and keyboard are permitted provided they do not interfere with the students sitting around them. For more information on taking exams online, see Online Exam Procedures.pdf.

Exam Length

Unless otherwise specified, law school exams are three-hour exams. There will be no breaks during the exam time.

Starting & Completion Times

Written Exams

  • Students taking written exams must report to their exam rooms by 8:15 for the morning exams and by 1:15 for the afternoon exams. Exams will begin at 8:30 for morning exams and 1:30 for afternoon exams. Exams will be distributed to each student face down and may not be turned over or written upon until instructions have been given by the proctor. When time is called, exams must be turned in immediately. There is no talking in the exam room while exams are being turned in.

On-line Exams

  • Students taking their exams online must report to their exam rooms by 8:00 for the morning exams and by 1:00 for the afternoon exams to set up your computers. Exams will begin at 8:30 for morning exams and 1:30 for afternoon exams.
  • Prior to the exams, exam software must be downloaded and students are STRONGLY encouraged to take the mock exams to ensure that the software is working properly. All tests should be downloaded prior to the start of the exams.
  • On exam day, after instructions regarding the SofTest set-up, a paper copy of the exam will be distributed to each student. No typing shall begin until instruction is given. When time is called, all typing must stop immediately. Student should exit SofTest (which will automatically reboot the computer), and re-launch SofTest to force an upload. The software will immediately send a message as to the success or failure of the upload. If you were successful, you will receive a message on your computer, which confirms the upload was successful, and you will receive an email as well.  Please retain these emails for your records. You must return the paper copy of the exam to the proctor, and not talk to anyone until after you have left the exam room. DO NOT LEAVE THE EXAMINATION ROOM UNTIL YOU RECEIVE CONFIRMATION OF YOUR SUCCESSFUL UPLOAD. For more information on taking exams online, see Online Exam Procedures.pdf.

Materials Permitted in the Exam Room

  • Only items authorized by the professor and indicated on the posted notice board on the second floor of the Law School may be brought into the examination room.
  • Scratch paper and exam books will be provided by the Law School.
  • For closed-book online exams: students must bring their computer with SofTest software previously installed on it, a power cord, and a pen and/or pencil. A network cord is strongly encouraged. An external mouse and keyboard are permitted provided they do not interfere with the persons around you.
  • For closed-book written exams: students should bring only a pen and/or pencil into the exam room. Exam booklets and scratch paper will be provided.
  • Books, briefcases, back packs, coats, purses, caps, and all other miscellaneous materials should be left in your locker. NO CELL PHONES ARE PERMITTED IN THE EXAM ROOM.
  • Studying in the exam room is allowed only until the proctor arrives. Once the proctor arrives, all textbooks, outlines, notes or other written material must be brought to the front of the room or placed in a locker.  

Missing a Final Exam

If you miss a final examination, you will receive a grade of XF (50) for the course unless you have a good excuse and inform the Dean’s office 402.280.3330 at your earliest convenience prior to the start of the exam. The deans will determine the adequacy of the excuse offered and the date and time of the make-up examination, if one will be given. Do not call your professor if you miss an examination, as this is inconsistent with the blind grading policy.

The professor in a course in which an examination is missed will decide the content of the make-up exam, if one is to be given, in consultation with the deans.

A student who missed an examination and who is eligible for a make-up examination must avoid learning anything about the content of the missed examination. Violation of this duty is a serious breach of academic discipline and subjects one to the most serious penalties, including possible expulsion.

Retake Exams

Students planning to take a retake examination in a course they previously failed must notify sandramurnan [at] creighton [dot] edu (Sandy Murnan) prior to the beginning of the examination period, i.e., no later than the last day of classes. You will take the examination when it is offered and with the students sitting for the examination in that course for the first time.

Exam Snow Policy

If severe weather presents problems, the decision to close the University rests with the President. During winter storms, if the University will be closed, that message will be available to you if you call 402.280.5800. University officials will make the decision on whether to close the University by 6 a.m. The Public Relations Department will also relay the decision to KFAB radio (AM 1110). You should call the weather emergency number or tune to KFAB between 6 and 7 a.m. to determine if the University is closed. If the University is open, exams will be held. If the University is closed, a message on the Law School voice mail will indicate what steps will be taken with regard to scheduled exams. If the University is closed, call 402.280.2872 to hear the recorded message. Every effort will be made to hold exams on the scheduled day and time.

Two Exams on the Same Day

If a student has two exams scheduled on the same day, one of those exams will be rescheduled for a later time. The Associate Dean will determine which exam will be rescheduled and the student will be required to sign a form agreeing to avoid learning anything about the contents of the rescheduled exam. Contact the Registrar, sandramurnan [at] creighton [dot] edu (Sandy Murnan) , to make necessary arrangements prior to the last class day of the semester.