Exams in March 2021 will be held at exam venues. They will NOT be held online. Students will be required to attend in-person to sit an exam, with limited exceptions. All exams will be 'open book' format.
The attached PDF contains further information about:
Please read all the details in the attached PDF before contacting the LPAB with any questions.
Open and Closed book examinations
At its Board meeting held on the 31 July 2018, the Legal Profession Admission Board resolved to allow Examiners to decide if their subject examination is to be an Open or Closed Book format from March 2019 examination. Please refer to the Exam cover page for your subject.
There has been no changes regarding the publication of past exam papers or personal items allowed in the exam room. It is recommended that students refer to the Course Information Handbook and familiarises themselves regarding their responsibility when sitting the Board's examinations.
posted 27 November 2018 amended 14 August 2019
Cessation of publication of past exam papers
The Board's Examinations Committee has decided to cease publication of past exam papers. The March 2016 papers will be the last to be published on the Board's website. Candidates will no longer be permitted to remove exam papers from the exam venue. This arrangement is common amongst university law schools in NSW.
Given that past exam papers will no longer be published, each Subject Guide will in future contain one or more sample exam questions. The Examinations Committee accepts that some students will have saved and stored exam papers which have been published in the past, and that as a result those papers will always remain accessible to candidates in the future. Candidates are not prevented from referring to, or practising with, those past exam papers if they wish. However, examiners have been asked to avoid in future the re-use of questions which have previously been published.
Personal items in the exam room
Wristwatches of any kind are no longer permitted to be worn or placed on the desk during an exam. This is because many smartwatches now look similar to standard wristwatches. Instead, all exam venues will be furnished with clocks. If you normally wear a wristwatch, you will need to remove it and place it your bag before entering the exam room. Smartwatches, mobile phones and any other devices must be switched off, and either surrendered to the supervisor or placed in your bag or under the desk, prior to the start of the exam.
The only items permitted to be placed on the desk in an exam are:
Other than what is described above, no food or drink will be permitted in the exam room. Students with a medical condition that requires the consumption of food or drink during the exam may apply for alternative examination arrangements in accordance with the instructions on page 39 of the Course Information Handbook.
- posted 18 April 2016