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Future magic circle and US firm trainees’ LPC papers recalled ONE MINUTE before exam

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Exclusive: ‘Significant errors’ spotted just in the nick of time

Students studying for the Legal Practice Course (LPC) at The University of Law (ULaw) came within a hair’s breadth of exam chaos this week — when their papers were recalled and reprinted at the final hour.

The public companies and equity finance exam — sat by future trainees at magic circle and US law firms on their accelerated LPC — was due to start at 9:30am on Wednesday at ULaw’s Moorgate branch. However, a source has told us that “literally at 9:29am” a member of the assessments office entered the exam room, halted proceedings and made students aware the papers had to be withdrawn immediately.

Another staff member then told students — which include Linklaters’ offer-holders — there were a “couple of significant errors” in the paper that meant a full reprint was necessary. Legal Cheek has been in touch with ULaw and has been told it cannot provide a comment at this time.

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A total exam meltdown was avoided when papers were redistributed, the assessment beginning at 9:45am. However it was hardly the best start to the exam described by one law student as “arguably the most difficult on the LPC”.

“People were a little bit off kilter after that, having to sit silently until the papers were reprinted,” one law student said, “and it made a lot of people question why the exams were not checked adequately before they were printed.” As well:

“Some of the papers were stapled in the wrong order too. My multiple choice questions 1 and 2 came after question 7, for example.”

This is certainly not the first exam-based cock-up to feature on the pages of Legal Cheek (though they don’t tend to be as late in the game as this one was).

At the London School of Economics (LSE) for example, the property law exam was brought forward by a whole month only to then be moved back to its original date after students kicked off. Over in the West Country, students at the University of Bristol were left reeling when an exam paper was accidentally uploaded onto Blackboard two weeks before it was due to be taken. And at BPP University, its law school was forced to replace a Bar Professional Training Contract (BPTC) exam paper after the university circulated a recording of two tutors talking about it. Lawkward.

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19 Comments

Anonymous

These other private equity sham course providers need to be held to account. I do look forward to the day the LPC/BPTC is abolished.

Anonymous

Headline is miss-leading. It sounds like it was an error by magic circle or US firm. It wasn’t this. This was just another cock up by LPC provider.

US 1st Seater

No it isn’t

Anonymous

*misleading

LPC student

Related to this, the amount of mistakes in my LPC lectures is astonishing. Seems like lecturers don’t check the material, nor do they really care. It’s frustrating and I can’t wait to leave.

Every single lecture contains mistakes, I’ve lost all confidence in the institution.

Anonymous

Where are you? I’m at BPP and apart from an astonishingly tone deaf admin team, I have no complaints.

Anonymous

Waste of money and time. Replace the bloody LPC with practical work or figure something else that would actually help one’s career once they start. Utter shambles. Worse than the LLB.

US 1st Seater

A trite comment.

Agree that you aren’t going to be flicking through your LPC notes on a day to day basis, but it does give you an underlying foundation to build on, plus at a very minimum makes people comfortable with financial jargon.

Anonymous

I’ve experienced a similar thing in a university land law exam. An officer came in and had us stop and amend a question about 20 minutes in. Then about 10 minutes later, he reappeared with another correction to a different question – one of those Greenacres/Blackacres ones that are difficult to follow at the best of times. Another 10 minutes, and there was an announcement that the latter question should not be attempted and we’d all get some free marks because of the disruption and restricted choice of questions. Total cock-up, though those marks pushed me over a grade-boundary.

LPC Student

There were no exam papers with questions or pages in the wrong order. What an absolute non-story.

Future Magic Circle and US Firm Trainee

All that happened was that they had to issue an updated paper which delayed the start of the exam by 20 mins.
Next.

Anonymous

Was in this exam and this non-story is just desperate attention-seeking by the person who ‘leaked’ it. Everyone laughed it off and we cracked on. Mistakes happen and the uLaw handled it well in the circumstances.

If anyone was ‘off kilter’ having to start a multiple-choice exam 15 minutes later than expected, god help them in their training contract.

Normal Accelerated

I even went out and got a coffee during the delay. I was anything but “off-kilter”. What I don’t understand is how this article appears to be based on the opinion of just this one ‘source’. A colleague and I met the tutor downstairs and if anything, we were happy that the mistake got found and corrected before we started the paper. 15 mins is hardly any time.

Anonymous

Hello failed solicitor/barrister now masquerading as a “lecturer” at the Uni of Law

Anonymous

Short delay gets amplified to exam horror shocks

Daily Mail 2.0

Anonymous

Even the mistakes on the LPC don’t really prepare the little snowflakes for the mistakes and muck-ups and pressures of practice; if this sort of thing is considered distressing, they’re really not going to cope, are they?

Anonymous

You kinda missed the point. The frustration is that these private equity firms charge a fortune for a course which is of no use. And cock it up. One year and tens of thousands of pounds wasted for every person who has to go through this system. I am yet to come across a practising barrister or solicitor who thinks the LPC/BPTC is of any practical use.

Anonymous

Typical for an organisation sold to private equity and then only to an organisation that has a generally poor reputation for education – with a business riddled with debt, it is hardly surprising that mistakes are being made as staff are put under more and more pressure as resources are cut to undertake the job. Those at the top of the organisation should be held accountable.

Anonymous

I’d have liked something like this to have happened in my wills exam at U Law on Thursday. Would have livened the whole thing up a bit.

Having said that, I don’t see the point of the LPC. I want to do prison law, so why should I have to learn about how companies work or real estate or wills?

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