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UTLaw Class of 2014 Recommendation Re Exam Schedule

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The faculty, administration and students of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law care deeply about both good mental health and good pedagogy. We're here to further our goals of learning and academic achievement, and we want to do so in a way that maximizes what students can take away from our years of study. We worry that a schedule which does not allow students the time to reflect and synthesize our year of learning before embarking on exams may inadvertently subvert both our learning objectives and our mental health. The undersigned members of the class of 2014 respectfully recommend that future 1L exams be scheduled with at least three business days after the last day of classes. This will allow students to address faculty with their final questions in a way which is not an undue burden on professors; it will allow students to prepare for exams while paying attention to their mental health and to arrive more rested and prepared for exam season; it will also result in deeper and more meaningful synthesis of course materials – in other words, better learning and more meaningful exams.

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