Simply grade us on the remainder of the BPTC, college students urge

Legislation college students are calling for the bar exams to be scrapped after candidates confronted issues sitting the assessments on-line.

A petition argues that the Bar Requirements Board (BSB) ought to waive the requirement for barrister hopefuls to move the exams altogether and simply dole out grades based mostly on the assessments already accomplished.

The plea comes after days of complaints about software program crashes and different points with the three centralised exams that make up 25% of the Bar Skilled Coaching Course (BPTC).

A gaggle of cheesed-off college students calling themselves College students In opposition to the BSB Examination Laws (SABER) have put the petition collectively, claiming {that a} “blanket waiver” is the one resolution.

They argue that the BSB ought to “waive the requirement for completion of the centralised BSB exams for civil litigation, legal litigation and ethics (‘the exams’) in mild of the systemic failings in delivering the exams through PearsonVUE”.

Their pitch lists the issues with the exams since they have been rescheduled from April to this month. The Bar Requirements Board (BSB) has apologised for problems getting students needing reasonable adjustments booked into physical test centres and for technical problems that saw some locked out of their online version.

The regulator’s resolution is to offer those unable to sit the test remotely, or who didn’t get their reasonable adjustments, a pen and paper resit next month.

The petition reckons this isn’t sufficient. Resits can be supplied to solely “a restricted variety of college students… when the truth is nearly all college students have struggled with these exams in some kind”.

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These three exams on civil, legal and ethics are price 25% of the BPTC total. The petition says that college students must be given their closing grades based mostly on the 75% of the course they’ve already been assessed on.

These signing it say that “a waiver is essential as it’s the solely honest option to account for the number of points confronted by college students sitting in such opposed situations”. The petition appears to have been began on Tuesday and had 1,250 signatures at time of writing.

Not everybody agrees. In a guest article on the Secret Barrister weblog, an nameless lawyer says that civil, crime and ethics are the toughest a part of the BPTC. “To waive them”, they argue, “can be to waive the precise little bit of the course that’s troublesome to move”.

Final 12 months, 75% of candidates passed ethics, 63% passed civil and 61% passed crime.