Exclusive: LSE students outraged after property law exam is brought forward by a whole month

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And then moved back to its original date days later

Students at the London School of Economics (LSE) were left seething over the weekend, after being informed that their property law exam was being brought forward by a whole month.

On Friday afternoon, just hours before they were due to break up for Easter, LLB students received an email that said their “Property II” exam — which was originally scheduled for 2 June — would now take place on 2 May. The message, in full below, apologised to those affected for the “disruption”, but failed to offer any explanation as to why the decision had been taken in the first place.

A copy of the email received by LSE law students on Friday

As you can probably imagine the exam date switch did not go down well with LSE’s law student cohort. One, wishing to remain anonymous, told Legal Cheek that the law school’s decision was “outrageous”. Another — who revealed that students had received their finalised exam timetable over a month ago — branded it “unacceptable”.

And these weren’t just isolated pockets of discontent. A petition calling for “the exam to be placed on its original date” has amassed over 400 signatures. Continuing, the online appeal — which was posted on — states that the date switch is “taking away valuable revision time for students.” petition

Now, it would appear LSE bigwigs have bowed to student pressure.

Those affected by the decision received an email (in full below) this morning which confirmed that the property exam would now take place on its original date, 2 June. Apologising “for any distress or worry caused,” the email cites a number of factors that prompted the date change, including the close proximity of other exams and issues finding a large enough venue in London.

A copy of the follow up email received by students this morning

Confirming that the exam would now go ahead on its original date, LSE’s head of law, Jeremy Horder, told Legal Cheek:

The department of law made a recent change to the date set for an examination, after consideration of a variety of concerns about the original date. However, in the light of student objections to the disruption that this change would cause, the department has reinstated the original date for the examination. The department apologises for any worry or confusion that may have been caused.

It would appear the only thing more stressful than taking a law exam is trying to schedule one.

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I’d put everyone in the department in the figure-four leglock if they messed with my schedule like this.



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Blacker the Sequel of the Prequel

I agree and quote Randy Savage LJ in so doing: “Ooooooh yeah!”


disgruntled LSE student

20% of the entire cohort will get firsts anyway…grade inflation seems rife



Yeah because they give out 20% firsts in property law… oh wait no they don’t



Tell that to the Oxford bois with their 25 percents



It’s incredibly hard to get a first in Jurispridence at Oxford, in recent memory the percentage has varied from 14-22%. We’ve always marked according to who meets the first criteria, if they meet it they get a first. Of-course some years are better than others, and that is reflected in the percentages. I’ve examined externally at the LSE and it’s largely the same there.



Please take the bullsh1t elsewhere please. Oxford has the highest number of firsts for law consistently over the last 10 years of any university. Last year the % of firsts was 24%. And the % sticks typically between 18-26%.



That’s not quite correct. The percentage of firsts for course 1 (the standard three year Jurisprudence degree that 90/95% of law finalists do) was 19% last year. This varies, sometimes it’s higher and it certainly has been lower. Again given the quality of the cohort, the comparatively high level of firsts isn’t that surprising, we give it to those students who deserve it.


it is correct and the stats are available on unistats. it was 24% and oxford has ranked top of all unis for firsts along with cam since at least 05.
don’t lie and make things up. the stats are publicly available. the stats have been between 18-26%

high level of firsts of course is expected, but you talk nonsense. you imply oxford has a low percentage of firsts, they dont. they have the highest number.


That’s not correct. See p2. of the examiners’ report


Bit chippy, Assuming oxford rejected you anonymous? Face it a first class law degree from Oxford or Cambridge is the gold standard.



I didn’t apply to Oxford, wouldn’t want to. Not having a first class law degree from Oxford has never done me any harm, and the idea of going back in time and spending my 3 years there as opposed to a far more enjoyable 3 years at a respectable red brick makes me want to vomit.



No grade inflation at my red brick (Liverpool). About 5 firsts per year there.


wrong – i can name at least 30 of my friends alone who got firsts last year at Liverpool


Couldn’t agree more


And you get taught EU law by Professor Michael Dougan! Lucky boy! 🍀

disgruntled LSE student

wow at the bomb I set off.
well scoring first in (x) amount of modules will get your overall degree aggregated up to first is just bull.
anything that calculated by hard averaging scores is just a meaningless



In the real world this happens a lot so perhaps they need to get used to being quite flexible. Oh, and I had an exam in the morning and an exam that same afternoon in a different subject, so please don’t moan about timetabling!




Frequently, cases are brought into court early throwing diaries into disarray and necessitating extremely late nights preparing .

Good lesson for practice.



I went to QMUL. My first year exams were held on 3 days on the last week of April. Second year exams and final year in one week in about the first week of May. I think the university continues to bundle the exams this way. LSE usually gets a much greater spread between exams from early May to mid June. Timetables are usually released only in early/mid March anyway as I recall, perhaps late February for some, but it’s only a few weeks since they released the timetable, it’s not as if they’re telling you a week before the exam.



What about Oxford having 9 exams in eight days? (including the joy of sitting trusts law at 9am on Saturday morning).



Oxford is for losers – university is not about working hard.


Poxfid Phirst

I used adult nappies for my Oxford finals. The most intense experience of my life with no time to waste for loo breaks.



What happens if you’re Jewish??



Then you wear Kosher adult nappies?



What’s the big deal? When I was on my year abroad, we had a combination of three hour written exams and oral exams all in the same week, and we also got no time off for studying…



France, was it?



Who cares? Students have all the time in the world (even those who “work” and study). It is just an exam, exams are not difficult. The students who can’t hack it being moved forward a month won’t be able to hack it in the profession.



I am currently a trainee at a City firm and have yet to experience at work the unique stress of an exam – a career defining 3 hours with no inkling of what will come up


BA Performance Art

Oh, yeah?! Try submitting a 500-word dissertation and completing an hour-long recital in one day. You idiots wouldn’t know easy street if it falcon-punched your mother in the forehead.



Funny how unis continue to charge extortionate tuition fees while continuing to find new ways to shaft their students at every possible opportunity. Their reasoning for moving the exam dates sounds ridiculous and smacks of laziness


True Story

Ha at Cambridge they’d tell release the exam time table two weeks before the exams were due. These guys and girls need to get a grip!



Did anyone else read the English mistake in the statement made my the ‘head of law’ at LSE.



No. Where, pray tell?


Oh Sir Walter Really

I really hope there isn’t a war requiring you lot to turn up. Seriously, do you wonder why this generation are called snowflakes.



I blame Drynites.



This is reality at the bar for any of you wannabes. Constant changing of court hearings. Happens all the time. Besides 2 May is a long way off still. Should have prepped those revision notes way before now.



looooool too proximate to the EU law exam 2 days before….

Oxford students sit 9 exams in 10 days at the end of 3 yrs…



Just to distract momentarily from the “my first is better than yours” debate. (I’m sure your parents are all very proud of you, wherever you went and however you did provided that you tried your best).

Universities have always had a crappy level of administrative organisation. But the thing they’re struggling to catch up with is that their students are now unwilling to tolerate it given the eyewatering amount they now pay for their degrees. When it was £1,100 a year it was bad enough- £9,000 a year and they’re taking the piss.



Oh rah la


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