mhopeful wrote:Hi Rabbit9198--thanks so much for your insights! Out of curiosity, is it annoying having the exams after the break? I feel that you are going to want to study during the break for the exams, and then there goes all of your vacation....what are your thoughts on this?
Also in most classes are you allowed to opt out of in class exams to take them at home? Or what is the percentage approximately?
For someone who really hates exams...this all sounds amazing!
Sorry I'm a few days late in responding - just got back to school from a more tropical climate.
I actually really love our calendar as-is. I guess if you were strictly graded as at other law schools, you might be stressed/want to study over the holidays, but professors and other students urge 1Ls not to study (it's not worth it when all your exams are "pass/pass"), and most 2Ls and 3Ls do take advantage of the break and actually get away from their studies until they come back in the first week of January. That said, people do still get stressed during finals period...I just think we're MUCH less stressed than we would be anywhere else.
One thing to note: rumor has it that we're slowly moving to a finals-before-Christmas academic calendar. This coming year's calendar was released recently, and while exams aren't in December, some other changes (loss of a week-long fall break, etc.) indicate that the administration may be moving in that direction.
Most classes *do* let you take the exams at home/wherever in the world (with internet access) you want. [Most professors also let you take the exam whenever you want during the two-week exam period - so you have a lot of control over when & how you take your exams, which lets people prioritize as they see fit.] There are a few rare exceptions - especially 1L fall - where professors want you to be in New Haven and to take the exam in the Law School - I'd say it's 5-10% of classes, tops.