Second- and third-year law students at Northwestern, with some exceptions, schedule their own final examinations during a 13-day final examination period. Students support this approach to exam-taking for the flexibility it gives them, and administrators support the self-scheduled system of exams because it is consistent with the maturity and integrity expected of Northwestern Law students.

What are called self-scheduled examinations can be described simply as the central distribution of examinations. You choose the day and, with certain practical constraints, the time that you will write your examinations. You also choose the place where the examination will be written. The time you choose to take the exam is documented to ensure compliance with the time allocated by your professor to write any particular exam. You will determine the order in which your exams will be written.

The rules and limitations of examinations set by each professor are enforced by the student's own integrity and an active, student-defined honor code that has stated, as one of its principles, that students will not seek an advantage over other students in the writing of exams. 

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