BSB retaining assessments beneath ‘shut evaluate’ in wake of second lockdown

Bar exams will go forward as deliberate subsequent month regardless of the nation being plunged right into a second lockdown.

The Bar Requirements Board (BSB) confirmed the assessments are nonetheless scheduled to happen in December at venues the place legislation faculties have permission to run them, and the place acceptable COVID-safe preparations may be made.

The regulator mentioned: “It’s due to this fact at present our intention that the December sit will proceed on an in-person foundation wherever doable. We’ve spoken with all bar course coaching suppliers in England and Wales delivering the exams and all have reconfirmed that preparations are at present in place for this to occur.”

The replace comes after the federal government introduced a four-week lockdown final month however confirmed universities may stay open. The second lockdown is predicted to raise on 2 December though there may be hypothesis restrictions may very well be prolonged.

Earlier this summer season bar college students took to social media to report points with the centralised assessments — civil litigation, prison litigation {and professional} ethics — which had been shifted on-line in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Those that encountered issues were given the option to resit in October without penalty. The BSB confirmed these went forward as deliberate. In the meantime, different college students took up the regulator’s supply to defer the assessments till December, with the intention of finishing them in-person.

The BSB went on to advise that any college students who’re weak and don’t want to sit in-person exams in December ought to contact their legislation college. It careworn that bar college students can defer with out being penalised.

“Given the quickly altering circumstances, we are going to hold issues beneath shut evaluate and replace the knowledge offered on our web site ought to circumstances or authorities recommendation change,” the assertion continued.

Last week the BSB confirmed that it had appointed Professor Rebecca Huxley-Binns, the pro-vice-chancellor (training) on the College of Hull, to supervise an impartial evaluate into the problems.