Spring 2022 Exam Information

The Spring 2022 exam period begins Monday, April 25 at 9:00 am and ends Friday, May 6 at 5:00 pm. The Records Office and Dean of Students Office administer exams, and staff members in both offices are available from 9:00 a.m. until evening exams conclude Monday through Thursday, and 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Fridays. The Records Office telephone number is (202) 994-6261; the Dean of Students Office telephone number is (202) 994-8320.

You can find the schedule for all in-class exams here. Exam locations are posted on the law school display monitors in the lounges one hour before the scheduled start of each exam. We suggest you arrive at your exam room no later than 30 minutes before the start of your exam. 

Below is additional information related to the Spring 2022 Examinations at GW Law. Please read this information carefully as you will be held accountable for failure to comply with the exam policies and procedures described below. 

Emergencies Before an Exam

Do not contact your professor. In the event an emergency (such as hospitalization or a death in the family) prevents you from taking an exam, to be excused from the exam you must immediately contact the Dean of Students Office at [email protected], or in person. Documentation must be provided to support the basis of any request to be excused. Students who are absent from an exam and are not officially excused may receive a grade of F. Misunderstanding the date or time of an exam is not a valid excuse for missing an exam. If you are feeling seriously ill, such that you may not be able to complete the exam, do not go into the exam room. Instead, seek immediate treatment and communicate with the Dean of Students Office as soon as you can do so.

What if I Test Positive for Covid?

Students who have tested positive should, per University policy, isolate themselves for 5 days and then retest. With a negative test result at the end of five days, students may return to campus for studying and in-person exams. If the isolation period includes a scheduled in-person exam, the student should seek excusal from the Dean of Students office. Students who are excused from exams and are expected to graduate on May 15 will be scheduled for makeup exams at the earliest mutually convenient time in order to ensure they will have all coursework completed and graded in time for graduation. Students not graduating have until the fall semester to schedule makeup exams with the Dean of Students Office. Students who are isolating should plan to complete take-home exams and other assignments such as papers by their original due date.

Emergencies in the Exam Room

Immediately inform the proctor if an emergency, such as a severe illness, occurs during an exam. The proctor will contact the appropriate Law School officials. Students who leave an exam without contacting the proper Law School officials will not be eligible to finish or otherwise retake the exam later. 

Rescheduling Exams

Professors cannot reschedule exams for individual students under any circumstances. All issues regarding exam rescheduling must be addressed to the Dean of Students Office. 

Academic Integrity

As always, students are bound by the law school’s policy on academic integrity. While your professors may have specific instructions regarding your exams, the general expectation is you will not speak with, collaborate with, or otherwise communicate with another person regarding the substance of your exam. Because students may be excused from exams or scheduled to take them at an alternative time, you should not discuss the content of the exam with any other students until grades are released.

Important Changes to Exam4

All in-class exams will be administered through Exam4 software. You must download the most recent version of Exam4. Please review the instructions on how to use Exam4 as well as this video tutorial. This tutorial includes instructions on two new functionalities in Exam4. Below are the key changes to Exam4:

  • OPEN Mode- Exams deemed by your professor as OPEN mode will allow students access to their hard drives, meaning you can access your outlines, notes, and e-books so long as they are downloaded on your hard drive. As you will not have access to the internet, you will not be able to access items stored in the cloud. Most (if not all) "Open Book" exams will use the Exam4 OPEN mode. Please note you will not be able to cut and paste items from outside of Exam4 into your answers. 
  • CLOSED Mode - Exams deemed by your professor as CLOSED mode will not allow students to access their hard drives. For these exams, students will not be able to access the internet or any items/programs on their computers. Students should expect that all "Closed Book" exams will be in CLOSED Mode.
  • Multiple Choice - Students will now provide the answers to their multiple-choice questions in Exam4's multiple-choice interface. 

For this reason, all students should complete a practice exam to:

  1. be sure they are familiar with these interfaces,
  2. ensure their computer passes the security check, and
  3. ensure Exam4 runs as expected on your computer.

To do so, launch Exam4 and follow the on-screen instructions. There aren't any practice exam questions. Students should use the "practice exam" to practice entering answers to both essay and multiple-choice questions.  Please run a practice exam for at least five minutes. To submit your practice exam, you must be connected to the law school's wireless network (GWireless). This video tutorial will walk you through the changes. 

Exam4 currently supports: 

  • Windows 10 (Home, Pro, Edu, and Enterprise) [versions 1903**, 1909, 2004, 20H2, 21H1]
  • Windows 11 (Home, Pro, Edu, and Enterprise) [versions 21H2]
  • macOS 12.x.x Monterey (including Apple's M1 Processors)
  • macOS 11.6.x Big Sur (including Apple's M1 Processors)
  • macOS 10.15.7 Catalina
  • macOS 10.14.6 Mojave**

** Extegrity Support for these operating systems ends August 1, 2022 

Minimum specification requirements:

  • 2 GB Ram
  • 500 MB Storage
  • Screen Resolution of 800x600 or higher

Please note: You must be logged into a user account that has full administrative rights to your device in order to run Exam4. Users of institutionally owned/controlled devices should contact their IT Department for assistance.

Please note that the following operating systems and hardware configurations are NOT supported:

  • Beta OS versions
  • Apple Macintosh OS X 10.13 and earlier
  • Apple iDevices (iPad, iPhone, etc.)
  • Windows 8.1 and earlier
  • Windows (RT, IoT, Mobile, Team & S versions)
  • Windows 10 SL (non-English Editions)
  • Surface devices that do not have Windows 10 Home, Pro, Education or Enterprise version
  • Windows computers with ARM processors (i.e., Snapdragon)
  • Linux
  • Chromebooks
  • Virtual operating systems (VMs)
  • Anything else not specifically listed as supported above

The Law School is not responsible for any equipment failure during an exam, will not permit a backup laptop, and will not allow extra time to enable students to address equipment failure. Students who experience equipment failure will simply continue by writing in exam booklets. 

End of an In-class Exam

At the end of your exam, you will be asked to submit your answers through the law school wireless network (GWireless). The autosave on Exam4 saves your exam every 10 seconds, with an additional two-minute backup, so there is no risk of losing your work. Students writing in exam booklets will be in the same exam room as laptop users. Exam booklets will be provided by exam proctors. Do not delete any files from your laptop computer until after your grade has been posted, so that the Records Office can complete any necessary follow-up in exam processing. 

Each student is responsible for monitoring the time during the exam. Proctors are not required to remind students of elapsed time. At the conclusion of the exam, as announced by the proctor, all typing and writing must stop immediately. Students may not continue to type or write after time has been announced except to exit the Exam4 program and electronically submit/save the exam answer file. Numbering books or adding your GWID number can only be done in the presence of the proctor. In addition, students must ensure that all items for collection are turned in to the proctor. Proctors are not responsible for checking materials that students submit. Do not contact your professor at any point until exams are graded. Students may raise any concerns regarding the exam with the Dean of Students Office. 

Exams are graded anonymously. Do not convey your name anywhere on your exam. Use your GWID number (e.g., G12345678) as your identifier.


Students are permitted one laptop computer for exam-taking purposes. No additional laptop computers, external monitors, external keyboards, external mice, or other electronic data storage/transmitting devices are allowed in an exam room. Devices enabling access to the internet are prohibited, including cell phones and “smart” watches. Cell phones must be turned off, stored away from you, and may not be used during an exam under any circumstances. No headphones or earbuds are permitted of any type; if noise minimization is sought, please use earplugs.

Controlled Exams

“Controlled” exams MUST be returned to the proctor at the end of the exam. Failure to do so constitutes a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy. Students who fail to return controlled exams risk receiving an F. You are responsible for returning all required materials to the proctor at the end of the exam. If you are contacted regarding a controlled exam, you must respond immediately and will be required to return to campus, regardless of the time. 

Breaks and Questions

If you need to leave the exam room, you may not take any materials with you and you may not bring any new materials back into the exam room. You may not confer with anyone about the exam or consult materials outside the exam room. 

Any exam-related question should be directed to the proctors who will contact the professor, via the Records Office, to relay any questions about the content of an exam question. Under no circumstances should you ask for assistance from another student taking the exam. 

Take-Home Exam Administration

Most take-home exams will be administered via MyLaw. Please review any instructions from your professor for the specifics of your take-home exams, including time, date, and method of administration. If using Mylaw, please review the MyLaw tutorial in advance of your final exam. Your exam will be located on the right-hand side of your portal page under "UPCOMING EXAMS." You may download the exam and work on it using your word processing software such as Microsoft Word, Google Docs, or Pages. Consider saving your work to the cloud and regularly saving updates if your software does not do so automatically. If you cannot download the exam, contact the Records Office immediately at [email protected]. MyLaw does not preclude you from accessing other programs or files on your computer. It is simply a means of downloading your exam questions and uploading your answers. MyLaw will prevent students from uploading or modifying submissions after the date and time the exam is scheduled to end so be sure to confirm when your exam must be submitted.

Submitting Your Take-Home Exam

When you have finished your exam, you will be asked to upload and submit your answers through the MyLaw program. You may save your answers with any file name you choose. All metadata from the file (including file name) will be removed before it is given to your professor. Give yourself plenty of time to review the MyLaw protocol and to complete the upload. If you are unable to upload your answers using MyLaw, send a copy of your answer to Records at [email protected].  

Do not reopen or modify the document once it is submitted. The Records Office will note the time of receipt and forward the exam answers to your professor. Do not delete your exam answers from your laptop computer and/or cloud drive until after your grade has been posted.


Grades will be released in the spring semester according to a schedule you can on the Grading Due Dates and Release Dates FAQs (must be logged in to the Portal to access the link) found on the Records page. When your grades are posted, you can retrieve them through GWeb.