Students in online courses are required (when a take-home or a paper is not assigned) to take the same final exam as students in a corresponding traditional course, and they will be graded along the same grading curve as all other students in the course (including, where applicable, JD, full-time, and part-time Graduate Tax students, and students in other LLM specialties). When an online course is administered independently of a traditional course, the Professor will make the determination about the content of the final exam, but all students are treated equally and grading is performed by the Professor without knowledge of the identity of any student.
Final exams are scheduled and administered by the Office of Academic Services, and students are required by that office to use "locking" software for in-class exams which prevents access to outside documents or webpages. Students will be required to use the THES software for take-home exams.
Students in the Executive LL.M. and MSL programs can take exams in several ways:
- In-class exam: taken on campus at NYU Students may examine on campus for any course offered at the law school in an "in-class" format. "In-class" simply means that the course features a proctored exam held in a classroom, as opposed to a course which requires a paper, presentation, or an unproctored take home exam. Most tax classes feature in-class exams, rather than take home exams or papers. During an in-class exam, students sit in an assigned classroom, where proctors are on hand to answer questions and observe the exam. Students are given a paper copy of the exam questions and type their answers into a laptop computer, using only an anonymous exam number to identify their answer. At the end of the exam, the exam questions are collected, students have an exam receipt stamped, and their exam answer is automatically and anonymously uploaded. Students considering this option may want to obtain an NYU ID card ahead of time, as that will greatly speed your entry into the building for each exam.
- In-class exam: taken remotely Students in the Executive LLM and MSL programs may instead take an "in-class" exam remotely, using exam software to examine from their home, office, hotel room, etc. This option is not available to students who are enrolled in our on campus programs, either full-time or part-time. (We can consider exceptions in cases where students move far outside the NYC metro area.) Some restrictions do apply, such as the restriction on "dual-boot" computers. This entails working with a proctor via webcam. The proctors verify students' identities and makes sure that only authorized study materials are accessed. Students then view exam questions securely on a laptop or desktop computer. The space used for the exam must be quiet and interruption-free, with a stable internet connection. Students type their answers into their computer, proctors monitor students via a webcam, and the answers are uploaded at the end of the exam.
- In-class exam: taken in absentia Students can work with the Office of Academic Services to locate an appropriate site in which to take their final exam. Students examining in absentia arrange to take their proctored exam at a local ABA-accredited law school by contacting the host school's Registrar (or whatever their chief exam administrator's title is) to seek permission. The exam must be taken on the same day it is scheduled on campus. As with exams taken on campus at NYU, students are given a paper copy of the exam questions and type their answers into a laptop using exam software. Proctors watch the student examine. If the school is in another time zone, we may have some flexibility on the exam start time. Students would also notify NYU that they are seeking to examine in absentia by filing an accommodation request in our exam reporter application. Where an examination in absentia is necessary, the student will be responsible for his or her share of the associated expenses such as the hourly wages of the proctor, the additional cost of printing an exam on security paper, and mailing the exam to and from the exam site. While there is often no cost entailed, any costs should be relatively modest, less than $50 per exam.
- Take home exams can be taken at home or work, and utilize our take home exam system (THES) to download exam questions and upload your answers. Some of these exams last for a single day, while others may last the entire exam period. Only a small number of classes feature this exam type, including many of our multistate tax classes.