The Law Development Centre (LDC) has disqualified over 50 students for failing to attend online classes which were initiated as a stop-gap measure to lecturing during the ongoing COVID-19 era.
This means that these students will not be allowed to do Third Term exams, which would have guaranteed them to proceed to Clerkship.
The LDC has asked the affected students to re-apply and repeat the academic year.
In the letter to students, the School says, “The Board of Examiners held a meeting on November 4, 2020 to consider eligibility of Bar Course students of 2019/2020 Academic Year, to sit Third Term Examinations.”
For some of the students, the communication read, “We found ineligible as provided under Rule 4(11) of the rules governing passing of Bar Course 2019 and shall not be allowed to sit exams for Third Term.”
This Rule says, “A student who fails to meet attendance requirements in any teaching week of a term fails the term and shall not be allowed to undertake any assessment in the term including examinations nor to progress to the next term.
The students can opt out of the course, or if interested re-apply in the subsequent academic year to repeat the nine-month course.
However, some of the students have vowed to appeal the decision of the school.