COVID-19 Updates From The Lawyer Portal
TLP understands the concerns of current and aspiring law students during this uncertain period. We have created this page to be the go-to resource for all your questions relating to COVID-19 and how the legal practice is likely to be affected.
*The COVID-19 situation is changing quickly. Often from hour to hour! We’ll do our best to keep this page as up-to-date as we can. But it’s always worth double checking the latest updates.
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GCSEs and A-Levels
All GCSE and A-Level exams due to take place in May and June have been cancelled.
Students will receive calculated grades that take into account teachers’ assessment of the grade they are likely to achieve in addition to other factors such as previous attainment. If students do not feel their calculated grade reflects their performance, they will have the opportunity to sit an exam once schools and colleges open again.
Many universities have confirmed that GDL/LLB exams will be conducted online instead of on campus. Please check the individual universities’ websites for the most up-to-date, accurate information.
The SRA has confirmed that law schools can apply to run assessments online to avoid delays. Check your institution for specific details.
The Bar Standards Board has cancelled the centralised BPTC and BTT examinations in three subject areas: Civil Litigation, Criminal Litigation and Professional Ethics which were due to take place in April. The next opportunity to take the centralised exams will be August 2020 but due to the uncertainty of the situation, this is consistently under review.
No change at the moment – exams still expected to begin in September 2020.
Clare Marchant, UCAS’ Chief Executive, said: ‘Flexibility within the admission process will be enhanced and extended to deal with the coronavirus outbreak and the announcement that there will be no exams this year. We are confident that our team and systems are ready to adapt throughout the spring and summer.
‘We will continue to work closely with colleagues across the education sector including Ofqual, the Department for Education, the Scottish Government, Office for Students and Universities UK.
The organisation explained that once changes are confirmed, students will be emailed, so it’s important to make sure your email address is updated in Track.
Visit this page for FAQs relating to postgraduate law study at BPP Law School.
Several chambers have officially postponed the start of mini pupillage placements:
- Fountain Court
- One Essex Court
- Brick Court
Meanwhile, Blackstone Chambers will be running their mini pupillage scheme remotely.
Spring Vacation Schemes & Workshops
A number of law firms have postponed these. Read more information about specific firms on our COVID-19 & Law weekly update.
It is not yet clear if future pupils will be able to take the exams and qualifying sessions necessary before starting their pupillages. The Bar Standards Board says “the impact on Chambers is also as yet not quantifiable,” and that it will continue to talk to course providers and to the Inns and to work in cooperation with each other to provide opportunities for requirements to be fulfilled as soon as possible.