Final Exam

Final exam will be administered via Blackboard.  Final exam will become available May 29 (Wednesday), at 9:00 A.M. eastern time and is due, via Blackboard, by May 8 (Friday), 5:00 P.M. eastern time. 

The Final Exam instructions, as they will conveyed via Blackboard when the exam is live, are as follows:

1. This exam has 12 questions comprising 5 multiple-choice questions, 5 short answer questions, 1 essay question, and 1 final question asking you for your anonymous exam number.

2. This exam is written to be completed in two and one-half (2.5) hours.  However, you have from April 29, 2020 (Wednesday) at 9:00 a.m. eastern time to May 8, 2020 (Friday) at 5:00 p.m. local time to complete the exam. This week-plus time period is meant to provide you flexibility in taking the exam.  Please, please do not spend more than a day actually taking the exam — you should not need that much time (nor should you take that much time).

3. Do not share this exam or your answers with anyone else during this exam period.

4. Your exam must be submitted as final to Blackboard by May 8, 2020 (Friday) at 5 p.m. local time. There is no five minute grace period, so allow yourself ample time to make sure the exam is submitted. Please, please don’t turn in the exam in late.

5. Questions 1-5 are “multiple choice” questions.  There are four (4) possible answers, lettered (a) to (d) for each question.  Choose the best answer for each question.  For each question, there is only one “correct” answer.  Select only one answer for each question.  There is no penalty for giving a wrong answer.

6. Questions 6-10 are “short answer” questions.  Each question should be answered in 200 words or less.  This word limit’s main goal is to protect you from yourself — your answers do not need to be more than 200 words long to adequately answer these short answer questions.  I will not consider any words in an answer for these questions beyond the 200th word.  There is a running word count to the bottom-right of your answer box.

7. Question 11 is an “essay” question.  Your answer should be 2500 words or less.  I will not consider any words in an answer for this question beyond the 2500th word.

8. Question 12 asks for your anonymous exam number.  Please put your anonymous number in the empty blank in Question 12, not your name. Your anonymous number was sent to you via email in September 2019 by Katy Olney with the subject “Your 2019-20 Anonymous Number.” Contact Katy Olney at if you need confirmation of your anonymous number.

9. As you select and type your answers into the Blackboard, I would suggest also copying your answer into a cloud-based word processor, like Google Docs or Word Online so that you have an automatic back-up of your exam answers in case of computer issues. Do not rely solely on Blackboard to store the draft of your exam answers before you finally submit the the exam for grading.

10. Your name should not appear anywhere in your answers.  I will be using Blackboard’s “grade without seeing user’s name” feature to ensure anonymity.

11. This exam is limited open-book, open note in that while taking the exam you may reference only this course’s casebook and workbook, any material posted or linked to on the course’s blog, and any notes to which you personally made some contribution.

12. Again, please, please, only spend 2.5 hours taking this exam–the exam is meant to test your competence in the property law concepts we covered this semester in class (both live and virtually), nothing more (well, there may be a touch of a challenge for those looking for one).

13. If you experience technical issues (i.e., issues with Blackboard, issues with your computer, etc.) contact the law school’s IT services at for assistance. Please use the address and do not email IT personnel directly. This prevents duplication of work and increases efficiency.

14. If you experience an emergency during exam time that will interfere with your ability to take exams as regularly scheduled (i.e. illness, family emergency, etc.) contact Katy Olney at Do not contact your professor directly, as that may compromise blind grading.