Duquesne University School of Law

Before Finals Begin

  • Exam dates are posted each semester along with the regular class schedule. It is the student’s responsibility to take the exam dates into account when registering for the semester. Any student recognizing an exam conflict must complete an Exam Conflict Request form and return it to the Law School Registrar’s Office within 14 days of the release of the full exam schedule including dates and times. For certain conflicts, written documentation may be required.
  • Students with an exam conflict will be required to take a make up exam at the end of the regular exam period. All students are expected to be available during the entire final exam schedule including the make-up days.
  • Students are expected to take exams on the date and time scheduled. The following qualify as exam conflicts:
    • Two or more exams in required courses scheduled on the same day
    • An exam for a required course scheduled in the evening followed by an exam for a required course scheduled the next morning
    • A significant religious obligation
    • A death in the student’s immediate family or other serious family/personal obligation
    • The student’s severe illness or injury
    • Labor and/or delivery of the student’s baby
  • Make-up exam requests for reasons other than those listed in the Exam Conflict Policy must be submitted in a formal petition to the Academic Status Committee.
  • Make-up exams will not be granted based on employment-related conflicts or personalcommitments such as weddings or vacations.
  • Do not contact your professors about rescheduling exams or any other exam accommodations.
  • Students should not have any contact with their professors about their final exam until gradesare posted in DORI.
  • Each semester, students are assigned a six-digit final exam number to ensure that grading will be anonymous. The number is typically emailed to you about a month before final exams begin.
  • This number is different than a number that you may receive for your midterm exams.
  • The final exam number will be needed to review your exams in the future. You will be assigned a different number each semester you are registered.
  • Do not share your exam number with anyone else.
  • If you plan on using your laptop for final exams, you must complete all preliminary computer maintenance and the mandatory practice exam. Students that do not meet the practice exam deadline, will be forced to write all exam answers in a Bluebook. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure he/she has the most recent version of the exam software.
  • The determination to cancel an exam due to inclement weather is made by the Dean and Provost. If an exam is cancelled, students are required to take the exam on the make-up date determined by the School of Law Registrar.
  • Students will be notified of any cancellation via email.
  • Any student whose absences are excessive in a course will not be permitted to sit for the course examination.