Graduate Tax Program Summer Session

Examinations & Grading

Exam dates will be listed in the course descriptions (pending) and must be taken at the scheduled time. There are several options for examining:

  1. Take an exam on-campus at our Greenwich Village campus at the scheduled date/time using a laptop which meets our specs and is running our Exam4 examination software. You can use a Macintosh (Mac) or a PC laptop. This is referred to as an “in-class” exam taken on campus. 
  2. Examine “in absentia” at another law school at the scheduled date/time on a laptop which meets our specs and using Exam4 software. Again, Mac or PC is fine. You must approach the host university to arrange this and then coordinate with NYU’s exam administrators. Small variations in exam start time are allowed in the case of a student in another time zone (i.e., west coast.)  Students in other countries often find that our exam schedule differs from other countries’ universities, and it may be difficult to arrange.
  3. Take home exams: The three classes taught by Professor Pomp on state and local tax issues are the only classes which use this exam format. Take home exams require the exam to be taken on a computer. It can be a desktop or a laptop, and no special software is required, other than word processing software. Students download the questions, type an answer, and then upload it to our online take home exam system. Using either a Mac or PC is fine.
  4. Students enrolled in an online degree program or located outside of the greater NYC area may also examine remotely via video proctoring.  This is referred to taking an “in-class exam” online.  Somewhat confusingly, we use the term “in-class” to note that an exam is proctored, regardless of whether the exam is proctored online or on campus. 

A remote proctoring service will monitor you via your computers webcam.  If your computer does not already have a web camera, you will need to purchase one to use this method. (Most are relatively inexpensive.)  Students can use either a Mac or PC. Again, all exam start times refer to the eastern time zone.  Students in other time zones can request an alternate start date on the same date, e.g. a student in California can request to start their exam at 9:30 am local time rather than 9:30 am eastern time. Make a request.

Again, all in-class exams must be taken on a laptop. For all in-class (proctored) exams, part-time students in the Taxation LLM program, alumni, and local non-matriculants are expected to examine on-campus, while students in the Executive LLM or MSL programs are eligible to examine using the remote proctor service, ProctorU.  We can also accommodate out of town students upon request who wish to examine online. See more information on Exam4 (used for on-campus exams). See information on how to configure your laptop

Exam postponements

In the rare situation when an exam must be rescheduled due to extreme extenuating circumstances, such as unforeseen hospitalization, there will be a make-up date. We schedule most summer exams in early August (details can be found in each course's descriptions, once published). Exams are administered during the daytime and are not given in the evening, with the exception of the multistate taxation classes taught by Professor Pomp, which will feature take-home exams. Exam start times are in eastern time, and all students are expected to begin at that time, absent an arrangement to the contrary. (If you are in another time zone we will commonly adjust the start time upon request, but it is not automatic.) There is a very high threshold for requesting an exam date postponement. Exams are never administered prior to the listed exam date. All students taking summer classes generally have jobs, so work conflicts are not a unique situation and we cannot fairly reschedule exams on that basis. Therefore, summer students should clear their exam schedules with their employers before finalizing course schedules.

Attendance

Rules of the American Bar Association, the New York State Court of Appeals, other state high courts and the Law School itself all require regular attendance.  Missing too many on campus class sessions or failing to view enough class videos can result without further warning in: 1) grade lowering or 2) denial of permission to complete coursework and/or sit for the exam, and receipt of a grade of WD or F/AB.

Missing more than one-fifth of the classes or videos for any course is presumptively excessive. Any student who finds himself or herself at risk of this should immediately speak with the instructor and/or the director of the tax program and explain the situation.

Tax faculty members may establish a higher standard of regular attendance than that described above, and may also take attendance, class participation, and the quality of class performance into account in determining the student's grade (regardless of whether participation was mentioned as a grading factor in the first class meeting or syllabus). 

More information on the attendance policy as well as our grade curve and exam postponements is available in our Academic Policy Guide.

Anonymous Grading and Other Issues

Examinations are graded anonymously at NYU School of Law; students may not write their names on exams. Instead, students must use their Examination Number. All students must obtain their Examination Number by logging into the Exam Reporter website.  Students may not substitute their Social Security Number or Student Identification Number for their Examination Number. Students should remember to bring their Examination Number with them to the exam, as additional time cannot be allotted to students who fail to bring their Examination Numbers. In addition to their Examination Number, students must bring valid photo ID to the examination.

After a professor has submitted a grade to the Office of Records and Registration, the professor may not change the grade unless he or she certifies in writing that it was incorrect as a result of a mechanical computation or transcription error. A grade may not be changed as a result of a reevaluation of a student's work. No grade may be changed for any reason after a student has graduated.

Grades and transcripts may be obtained by logging into Albert after the exam period is over. Students who are in financial arrears will not be able to obtain transcripts.

Accommodations

Students with disabilities in need of accommodation should contact the Moses Center, 240 Greene Street, Fourth Floor, at (212) 998-4980. To preserve anonymity, students should not discuss accommodations with the course instructor.