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Hi,
I’m looking to study law LLB undergrad at SOAS, but I can’t seem to find any information apart from the basics on the SOAS website on the exams, so hopefully someone here could answer some questions I have:

Are the exams online or done by person?
Are the exams open book?
How long typically are the exams?
Is there coursework?

Any help would be appreciated :smile:
Hello!

If you're looking for more information on the course, I highly recommend signing up to the SOAS on demand open day. It gives you instant access to taster lectures and course overviews from the various departments at SOAS including the Law department. Also, SOAS has an open day coming up on the 10th of June, you'll be able to ask current students and lecturers more specific questions and get to see the campus.

How are modules assessed generally?

Each module you pick may have a different method of assessment. If you look at the information page for each module, you'll be able to see a little bit more about how each module is assessed under the Method of assessment section. As an undergraduate you can expect a mix of assessments e.g. written essays, presentations, book reviews, legal research, case study analysis etc.


How do exams work at SOAS (Law)?

I asked some of my friends that are studying Law here at SOAS about their personal experiences with exams here's what they said:

- Since Covid many written exams have gone back to being in person, although they are slowly being moved online.

- Open book exams are not common

- Most exams last somewhere around 3 hours.


I hope this helps!

Monica (MA Social Anthropology SOAS)
School of Oriental and African Studies
London
Original post by Anonymous
Hi,
I’m looking to study law LLB undergrad at SOAS, but I can’t seem to find any information apart from the basics on the SOAS website on the exams, so hopefully someone here could answer some questions I have:

Are the exams online or done by person?
Are the exams open book?
How long typically are the exams?
Is there coursework?

Any help would be appreciated :smile:

Exams are returning to normal and are written papers. But there are some online exams. There are no open book exams.

Most exams are 3 hours long.

There are essays of 2500 - 3000 words for 25% to 50% of the course and some courses 100% essay coursework,

Take a look at the modules; I made a list of the ones I would want to take.

Year 1


Criminal Law

Method of assessment
Test: 10%
Coursework: 20% (1000 words)
Unseen written exam: 70%

Contract Law
Method of assessment
Coursework: 20% (2000 words)
Unseen written exam: 80%

Property Law

Method of assessment
Multiple choice tests x 2 (1 hour each): 20%
Academic skills workbook: 20%
Exam (24 hours at home): 60%

Public Law

Method of assessment
Coursework: 20% (1250 words)
Unseen written exam: 80%

Year 2

Legal Systems of Asia and Africa

Method of assessment

Coursework: 30% (3000 words)
Unseen written exam: 70%

Law of Tort

Method of assessment

Problem Question: 30% (3000 words)
Unseen Written Exam: 70%

Property II

Method of assessment

Coursework: 20% (2000 words)
Unseen written exam: 80%

OPTIONS

Islamic Law

Method of assessment

Essay: 20% (2000 words)
Poster/podcast: 20%
Unseen written examination: 60%

Foundations of Human Rights Law

Method of assessment

Coursework: 50% (3000 words)
Unseen Written Examination: 50%

Public International Law

Method of assessment

Unseen written exam: 70% (3 hours)
Essay: 20% (2000 words)
Seminar participation: 10%

Environmental Law in Action: Comparative and Domestic Perspectives

Method of assessment
Coursework: 70% (2500 words)
Test: 30%

International Environmental Law

Method of assessment

Coursework: 70% (2500 words)
Test: 30%

Law and Justice in Contemporary China

Method of assessment
AS1 Coursework (3000 words): 80%
Oral presentation (20 minutes): 20%

Criminal Justice, Race and Rights

Method of assessment
Case Commentary: 20% (1000 words)
Essay: 80% ( 2000 words)

Year 3

European Union Law

Method of assessment

Essay: 20% (2000 words)
Seminar participation: 10%
Unseen Written Examination: 70%

Legal Systems of Asia and Africa II

3 hour exam

OPTIONS

Family Law

Method of assessment
Coursework: 20% (2000 words)
Unseen written exam: 80%

Company Law

Method of assessment
Essay/brief: 20% (1500 words)
Unseen written exam: 80%

Advanced Comparative Administrative Law

Method of assessment
100% Coursework
Assignment 1: Research project: compiling a report related to administrative law (50%)
Assignment 2: Judicial review problem question (50%)

Commercial Law in a Global Context

Method of assessment
2 x 48-hour assessments (50% each)

Law of Commercial Arbitration

Method of assessment

Group task (20%)
Essay of 2500 words (80%)

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Method of assessment

Essay Plan: 20% (500 words)
Extended Essay: 80% (2500 words)

Asylum & Immigration Law

Method of assessment

Coursework: 30% (3,000 words),
Clinic brief: 20% (2,000 words)
Unseen written examination: 50%

Law, Terror and State Power

One Essay Outline (500 words): 10%
Reaction papers: 10%
One Essay (3,000 words): 80%

Intellectual Property Law

Method of assessment

Essay (UK law): 25% (2000 words)
Essay (EU law): 25% (2000 words)
Unseen written exam (2 hours): 50%
Reply 3
Original post by SOAS Official Student Rep One
Hello!

If you're looking for more information on the course, I highly recommend signing up to the SOAS on demand open day. It gives you instant access to taster lectures and course overviews from the various departments at SOAS including the Law department. Also, SOAS has an open day coming up on the 10th of June, you'll be able to ask current students and lecturers more specific questions and get to see the campus.

How are modules assessed generally?

Each module you pick may have a different method of assessment. If you look at the information page for each module, you'll be able to see a little bit more about how each module is assessed under the Method of assessment section. As an undergraduate you can expect a mix of assessments e.g. written essays, presentations, book reviews, legal research, case study analysis etc.


How do exams work at SOAS (Law)?

I asked some of my friends that are studying Law here at SOAS about their personal experiences with exams here's what they said:

- Since Covid many written exams have gone back to being in person, although they are slowly being moved online.

- Open book exams are not common

- Most exams last somewhere around 3 hours.


I hope this helps!

Monica (MA Social Anthropology SOAS)


Ah, I see thanks!
Reply 4
Original post by thegeek888
Exams are returning to normal and are written papers. But there are some online exams. There are no open book exams.

Most exams are 3 hours long.

There are essays of 2500 - 3000 words for 25% to 50% of the course and some courses 100% essay coursework,

Take a look at the modules; I made a list of the ones I would want to take.

Year 1


Criminal Law

Method of assessment
Test: 10%
Coursework: 20% (1000 words)
Unseen written exam: 70%

Contract Law
Method of assessment
Coursework: 20% (2000 words)
Unseen written exam: 80%

Property Law

Method of assessment
Multiple choice tests x 2 (1 hour each): 20%
Academic skills workbook: 20%
Exam (24 hours at home): 60%

Public Law

Method of assessment
Coursework: 20% (1250 words)
Unseen written exam: 80%

Year 2

Legal Systems of Asia and Africa

Method of assessment

Coursework: 30% (3000 words)
Unseen written exam: 70%

Law of Tort

Method of assessment

Problem Question: 30% (3000 words)
Unseen Written Exam: 70%

Property II

Method of assessment

Coursework: 20% (2000 words)
Unseen written exam: 80%

OPTIONS

Islamic Law

Method of assessment

Essay: 20% (2000 words)
Poster/podcast: 20%
Unseen written examination: 60%

Foundations of Human Rights Law

Method of assessment

Coursework: 50% (3000 words)
Unseen Written Examination: 50%

Public International Law

Method of assessment

Unseen written exam: 70% (3 hours)
Essay: 20% (2000 words)
Seminar participation: 10%

Environmental Law in Action: Comparative and Domestic Perspectives

Method of assessment
Coursework: 70% (2500 words)
Test: 30%

International Environmental Law

Method of assessment

Coursework: 70% (2500 words)
Test: 30%

Law and Justice in Contemporary China

Method of assessment
AS1 Coursework (3000 words): 80%
Oral presentation (20 minutes): 20%

Criminal Justice, Race and Rights

Method of assessment
Case Commentary: 20% (1000 words)
Essay: 80% ( 2000 words)

Year 3

European Union Law

Method of assessment

Essay: 20% (2000 words)
Seminar participation: 10%
Unseen Written Examination: 70%

Legal Systems of Asia and Africa II

3 hour exam

OPTIONS

Family Law

Method of assessment
Coursework: 20% (2000 words)
Unseen written exam: 80%

Company Law

Method of assessment
Essay/brief: 20% (1500 words)
Unseen written exam: 80%

Advanced Comparative Administrative Law

Method of assessment
100% Coursework
Assignment 1: Research project: compiling a report related to administrative law (50%)
Assignment 2: Judicial review problem question (50%)

Commercial Law in a Global Context

Method of assessment
2 x 48-hour assessments (50% each)

Law of Commercial Arbitration

Method of assessment

Group task (20%)
Essay of 2500 words (80%)

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Method of assessment

Essay Plan: 20% (500 words)
Extended Essay: 80% (2500 words)

Asylum & Immigration Law

Method of assessment

Coursework: 30% (3,000 words),
Clinic brief: 20% (2,000 words)
Unseen written examination: 50%

Law, Terror and State Power

One Essay Outline (500 words): 10%
Reaction papers: 10%
One Essay (3,000 words): 80%

Intellectual Property Law

Method of assessment

Essay (UK law): 25% (2000 words)
Essay (EU law): 25% (2000 words)
Unseen written exam (2 hours): 50%


Thank you so much for this, it really gives me a good insight!!! :smile:

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