Adjunct Law Prof Blog

Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
New York Law School

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Another law professor botches a final exam

We'd previously told you about an NYU visiting law prof who distributed as his final exam one he'd used a year earlier as a practice exam at Northwestern.  Now comes this story, also courtesy of Above the Law, about a U. of Minnesota evidence professor who mistakenly included in his final some multiple choice questions previously made available to students.  Here's the prof's mea culpa to his students:

Evidence Students -

It seems that thirty of the seventy short answer questions on the Evidence exam are, through no student's fault, compromised. After consultation with Dean Wippman and Associate Dean McDonnell, we agree that those questions should and will be eliminated. The 70 points originally assigned to seventy questions will now be assigned to forty questions. I realized only after a student alerted me that some of the questions on the exam had been previously released to past students. I very much regret this and will make certain to avoid such problems in the future.

Based on some comments to the original Above the Law story from students who've had this prof in the past, he sounds like a very good and conscientious teacher.  Hey, these things happen to the best of us  The point of posting these stories here is to remind all of our adjunct (and non-adjunct prof) readers to double-check those questions before distributing the final exam.  As one of our commenter's noted, mistakes such as these, while unintentional, cause students a lot of grief.

Hat tip to Above the Law.


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