Ensure that you assemble at the library reception area at the time allocated to your group. A staff member will be present at the library to hand your group the allocated question. Your group will be assigned a designated working space in the library. You will have five hours in which to prepare for the oral assessment. Each group will be allocated a different question.
Each group is responsible to arrive at the designated assessment rooms on Kramer level 4 or 5 ten minutes before the start time of the oral assessment. A staff member will settle the groups in the rooms. You must return the question after the assessment and complete an evaluation form, which will be available in the Smit Marine Room.
Assessment panels will consist of three academic staff members. This is a pass/fail assessment requiring the consensus decision of the panel. If you fail, you will be assessed at a supplementary IAP soon after the last November examination.
It is recommended that you do not make use of electronic devices such as laptops during the assessment. Please carefully plan what material you wish to bring with you into the assessment room.
How do I prepare?
This is an open book exercise and you may use all resources in the library to conduct your research. You may work as a group and divide up the work but ensure that you understand all aspects of the question when you are orally assessed since you will receive an individual mark (and not a group mark), and may be questioned on any aspect of the question. Ensure that you research both procedural and substantive areas of the law, and consider any legal ethical considerations that may arise from the facts. Any area covered in the core LLB syllabus is examinable. You may be asked an ethical question which will require you to think about ethical legal practice. It is highly recommended that you read up on legal ethics before the IAP. The library contains useful resources in this regard.
It is recommended that you attend a legal research skills workshop that are presented by the library during the second term. Please consult the librarians to establish the relevant dates.