Exams and Grading

The following email was sent to NYU Law students on March 17, 2020.

Dear Students,

With the University’s announcement yesterday that “all classes and examinations [will be held] remotely through the semester’s end,” we are working on how to implement that decision here at the Law School.  There are a number of interrelated issues.  We do not yet have decisions on all of them, but I want to tell you what I can to give you a sense of things.

First, any course that had been scheduled to have an in-class examination at the end of the semester will now have an open-book, take-home examination.  Information on the length and timing of each exam will follow next week.

Second, many of you have asked about the possibility of adjusting the applicable grading system for this semester.  This is an important and complicated question.  I will work on it with faculty and administrative leaders this week, consulting quickly and widely, with the eye of bringing it to the full faculty as soon as we can.  We will not have a resolution this week, but I will work hard to ensure it does not take too much longer than that.  I am mindful of the anxiety that can be produced by uncertainty on this issue.

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we work through the challenges of the current period.  Stay safe and healthy.

Trevor Morrison


Trevor W. Morrison
Eric M. and Laurie B. Roth Professor of Law
New York University School of Law