Possible Exam Types

Exam types are as follows

In-class exams:  

  • A timed, proctored exam.
  • Typically last between 2-4 hours.

One-day take-home (ODTH): 

  • Students download the exam question from the Exam4 website starting at 7:30am EST on the scheduled exam day.  
  • Exams are due 8 hours after you download the question, or by 4:30pm, whichever time is earlier. (Ex. exam questions downloaded at 7:45am are due by 3:45pm.)
  • ODTH Exams downloaded after 8:30am will not have the full 8-hours to complete, as they will still be due by 4:30pm.
  •  On some occasions takehome exams may be more or less than 8 hours in duration.  Review the exam schedule and exam instructions carefully for deadline information.


Any-day take-home (ADTH): 

  • Students may download the exam question from the Exam4 website at anytime beginning at 12:30am EST on the first day of exams.
  • Answers must be electronically submitted 8 hours after the exam question has been downloaded.  Students are responsible for keeping their own time.
  • All answers are due 8 hours after you download the question, or by 4:30pm on the last day of the exam period, whichever time is earlier. 1L students in upper-level courses must follow the upper-level exam period due dates.
  • On some occasions takehome exams may be more or less than 8 hours in duration.  Review the exam schedule and exam instructions carefully for deadline information.

Last-class take-home (LCTH): 

  • Exam questions are handed out at the last class.
  • Answers must be uploaded by 4:30pm on the last day of exam period. 

Please contact registrar@law.harvard.edu with any questions.

Last modified: December 03, 2014

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