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This page contains advice for students and staff at the Faculty of Law on the Faculty's contingency planning in relation to novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The Faculty will endeavour to keep this information current in what is a very fluid situation.

 

Statement from the Chair of the Faculty

During this period of uncertainty and anxiety arising from the coronavirus outbreak, our first concern, naturally, is for one another’s health and welfare and, of course, for that of our families and friends. Against that background, I urge all students and colleagues to pay close attention to the guidance issued by both the UK Government and the University. Links to that advice can be found at the bottom of this page.

The Faculty’s Contingency Planning Group has undertaken extensive work in order to plan for assessment in Easter Term 2020, given that it is not possible to hold conventional in-person examinations in Cambridge due to the coronavirus pandemic. We have read and carefully reflected on the messages received from students on this subject and have sought to reconcile, as far as is possible, several competing factors. Those factors include the wide range of views expressed to us by students, the University’s policy regarding assessment, the practices being adopted at other leading UK Law Schools, and the regulatory requirements to which we are subject (in respect of the Law Tripos) as a Qualifying Law Degree provider. The Faculty has now concluded its discussions with the University and our alternative assessment plan has been approved. Detailed information for each cohort can be accessed via the links below.

With best wishes

Professor Mark Elliott
Chair of the Faculty of Law

 

Information for individual student groups

Law Tripos Parts IA and IB

Online examinations for Parts IA and IB of the Law Tripos will take place in Easter Term. In certain circumstances, however, the University has indicated that students will be able to seek to participate instead in examinations that will be administered during a second assessment period. Assessment will be on an open-book basis. Students will be required to answer fewer questions than normal, and word limits will apply. Detailed information is available on a dedicated page for Part IA and Part IB students.

Parts IA and IB

Law Tripos Part II

Online examinations for Part II of the Law Tripos will take place in Easter Term. In certain circumstances, however, the University has indicated that students will be able to seek to participate instead in examinations that will be administered during a second assessment period. Assessment will be on an open-book basis, word limits will apply and a no-detriment principle will ensure that no student who passes Part II will receive a class for Part II that is lower than the class in which they were placed in Part IB. The deadline for Part II dissertations has been revised. Detailed information is available on a dedicated page for Part II students.

Part II

LLM

Online examinations for the LLM will take place in Easter Term. In certain circumstances, however, the University has indicated that students will be able to seek to participate instead in examinations that will be administered during a second assessment period. Assessment will be on an open-book basis, word limits will apply and adjustments will be made to the LLM classing conventions. The deadline for summative coursework has been revised. Detailed information is available on a dedicated page for LLM students.

LLM

MCL

The Lent Term module examinations for the MCL have been moved online. Information has been sent to all MCL students concerning assessment for the Deals course. Regarding the LLM papers that they are scheduled to take in Easter Term, MCL students will be examined on the same basis as LLM students. MCL students will be classed under revised classing conventions. Further information is available on a dedicated page for MCL students.

MCL

Examination in Law for European Students

Online examinations for students sitting the Examination in Law for European Students will take place in Easter Term. Assessment will be on an open-book basis. Students will be required to answer fewer questions than normal, and word limits will apply. Further information can be found on a dedicated page for students sitting the Examination in Law for European Students.

Examination in Law for European Students

PhD/Other postgraduate students

We are asking research students to return home now, if possible, and to apply for leave to work away from Cambridge through CamSIS if they are able to work on their project remotely. If students are unable to work on their project remotely, they should apply through CamSIS for non-medical intermission or apply to extend their end-of-PhD registration date. For the foreseeable future, students should submit theses for examination electronically to the Faculty’s Degree Committee Office. Please contact Alison Hirst, Degree Committee Administrator, for further guidance (ash26@cam.ac.uk). The Degree Committee has authorisation to approve vivas to be conducted by video-conferencing. The deadline for submission of the first-year PhD registration paper in Law has been moved from 15 May 2020 to 30 June 2020. The first-year presentations have been postponed until late September.

Communications archive

An archive of all relevant emails sent to students and Faculty Members concerning the Faculty's response to the coronavirus pandemic is available for reference.

Communications archive

 

Additional information links

Link to the latest UK Government information on coronavirus (COVID-19).

UK Government

Link to the latest NHS advice on coronavirus (COVID-19).

NHS

Links to University of Cambridge coronavirus pages.

University of Cambridge main page

University of Cambridge information for undergraduate offer-holders

University of Cambridge information for graduate offer-holders

Links to library coronavirus information.

Squire Library Law libguide

Information on faculty and departmental libraries

Library advice and guidance for staff and students

 

Faculty enquiries

The Faculty is endeavouring to provide a clear and consistent message to all students in relation to the rapidly developing coronavirus situation.

Unless absolutely necessary, students should avoid contacting individual members of academic or administrative staff. Students with questions about the alternative assessment arrangements should contact their College Tutor or Director of Studies in the first instance. Other enquiries may be sent to covid19@law.cam.ac.uk. This will ensure that queries reach the appropriate person, and will enable the Faculty to provide a continuity of response where people are working remotely or if they are isolated or suffering from illness.

 

Last updated 1 April 2020, 11:56am BST