the first four semesters students take not more than two subjects
per semester. When eight subjects are completed, three subjects
per semester are permitted. A student
must sit for at least two examinations in any two successive semesters.
Diploma in Law Assignments Policy (Summary)
Eligibility to Sit for Examinations
In accordance with the Legal Profession Admission Rules, the LEC must be satisfied with a student’s performance in a subject in order for the student to be eligible to sit for the examination, conducted by the LPAB. Assignments are used to assess eligibility.
Students are expected to achieve at least a pass mark of 50% in assignments to be eligible to sit for examinations. However, a category of “deemed eligible” has been introduced to offer students whose assignment mark is between 40-49% an opportunity to sit for the examination. In these circumstances students are often advised not to sit. A mark below 40% means a student is not eligible to sit for the examination.
Assignments as part of the LPAB Examinations
Assignment results contribute 20% to the final mark in each subject.
The LEC administers the setting and marking of assignments. The LEC engages the LPAB’s Examiners to assess or supervise the assessment of assignments.
Assignments must be submitted by the due date unless an extension has been granted. Extensions must be requested by email prior to the due date. Specific supporting evidence must be provided. Assignments that are more than ten days late will not be accepted. Late assignments attract a penalty of one mark out of 20, or 5% of the total marks available, per day.
Assignments are assessed according to the “Assignment Grading and Assessment Criteria” outlined in the Course Information Handbook. Prior to the examination, assignments will be returned to students and results posted on students’ individual results pages of the LEC Webcampus. Students are responsible for checking their results screen and ascertaining their eligibility to sit for the examination.
Where a student’s overall mark after the examination is between 40-49%, the student’s assignment in that subject will be reviewed prior to a final mark in the subject being awarded. Except in the case of demonstrable error, assignment marks will not otherwise be reviewed prior to the examination.