The Honor System
A tradition since 1779.
An honor system administered by students is among William & Mary's oldest and most important traditions dating back to 1779. At its core, the honor system requires that students conduct themselves honestly in all matters related to student life.
At the Law School, the honor system is administered by the Honor Council, composed of students from each class.
The existence of the honor system, and the student body's commitment to it, permits a community of trust and an atmosphere of freedom at the Law School. For example, examinations are not proctored, students may take them anywhere in the building, and many exams are self-scheduled. Students are permitted to use their laptops for exams and are trusted to follow the rules governing their use.