Unique: College has issued new evaluation and prolonged submission deadline

College students on the Authorized Observe Course (LPC) at The College of Regulation (ULaw) have been left scratching their heads this week after being given an examination on a subject they hadn’t but coated.

Authorized Cheek can reveal that LPCers endeavor yesterday’s Authorized Writing evaluation (a paper taken over 24 hours and was meant to cowl matters thus far taught on the LPC) largely coated buy-back of shares — a subject which had not but been taught.

The College apologised for the mix-up and issued a brand new evaluation some 4 hours later, in response to college students who reached out to us. ULaw additionally prolonged the submission deadline by every week given the proximity to a different examination, Solicitors’ Accounts. Additionally they gave college students the choice to submit both evaluation by the revised deadline.

But, some LPC college students aren’t completely satisfied, with one taking to Twitter to specific her frustration on the regulation college’s “incompetent examination administration”. She stated: “College students had wasted time and power on a ineffective task once they produce other exams to prep for”, including that, “after working solidly for 4 hours they now need to utterly begin over on a brand new task with zero warning and no additional assist.”

Yesterday’s mix-up provides to college students’ annoyance over an earlier examination, Wills and Inheritance Tax, the place some encountered technical points when attempting to entry the web platform. The servers failed, college students informed us, that means some have been unable to entry the paper, whereas those that might have been unable to save lots of their solutions.

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A spokesperson for ULaw stated: “For technical causes yesterday we regrettably needed to exchange a Authorized Writing paper. We’re in contact with the affected college students and we have now put in place different preparations for them. As regards to the Wills evaluation undertaken earlier than Christmas, we take full accountability for the problems skilled by our third celebration provider and we labored intently with them to resolve this as rapidly as potential.”

They continued:

“As you possibly can recognize we’re coping with unprecedented circumstances in delivering our assessments on-line however our precedence is at all times to work by means of these as promptly as potential to minimise any disruption to college students.”

The transfer to assessing college students on-line within the wake of the coronavirus pandemic has not been with out challenges for authorized schooling suppliers. They’re having to grapple with altering authorities steerage and alter what would usually be in-person, skilled assessments to a digital setting, typically with the additional hurdle of in search of regulatory approval.

Final summer season noticed the Bar Requirements Board’s centralised assessments beset by technical issues, whereas college students at rival establishment BPP Regulation Faculty bemoaned IT problems and what they believed to be “persistent failures” with the standard of educating and evaluation.