« Carnegie Foundation report on legal education | Main | Ditching the Syllabus »

January 22, 2007

Essay Exam Software for the Mac

Most law schools require students who plan to use their laptop to write a timed law school exam to first install ExamSoft. ExamSoft prevents students from accessing other files while they are taking the exam.

ExamSoft's major deficiency, from my perspective at least, is its lack of Mac support. ExamSoft is also quite expensive.

Is there a popular, well-tested alternative software to ExamSoft that allows Mac users to take law school exams?

Anupam Chander

January 22, 2007 in Technology -- in the classroom | Permalink


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Essay Exam Software for the Mac:


Securexam is used quite a bit in law schools that use exam software and has a Mac version. See http://www.softwaresecure.com/demo_student_apple.htm or http://www.softwaresecure.com/ for details.

Also, I think that Extegrity's Exam4 (http://www.extegrity.com/) has a Mac version and according to this thread, http://www.teknoids.net/?q=node/7147 , a student with a new Mac can also run Windows and then Examsoft.

Hope this helps.


Posted by: Elmer Masters | Jan 22, 2007 2:05:42 PM

You can get the full scoop here: http://www.maclawstudents.com/blog/law-school-exam-software/

The article lists the four major exam vendors, details their support for the Mac, and follows with information about some law schools' support (or lack thereof) for Mac users.

Posted by: Erik Schmidt | Jan 22, 2007 4:57:56 PM

Chicago just has students take exams in Word (for both timed and take-home exams) (or, really, any other word processor; you could print a copy if you wanted). Since pretty much all exams are open-book anyway, it hasn't caused any problems that I know of. I greatly appreciated this openness as a law student, since it meant I didn't have to use some piece-of-crap software I wasn't familiar with. If you can use an outline during the exam, why not let people open it on their laptops instead of just requiring paper copies?

Posted by: Roger | Jan 24, 2007 2:14:25 PM

Most of the exams I've taken thus far at Santa Clara are open book. I had one open book exam in my first year, and one in my first semester this year. The rest have been closed book.

Posted by: Erik Schmidt | Jan 27, 2007 8:11:32 PM

The comments to this entry are closed.