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Information for Current Students

This website provides a focal point of contact for all your enquiries about enrolment, progression and exclusion rules, student applications and examinations. For all enquiries about tuition, assignments, lectures and course materials, please contact the Law Extension Committee (LEC) on (02) 9231 3111 or email: enquiries@lec.pip.com.au

 


Student Noticeboard

Exam Venue Update

Students scheduled to attend the September examinations at our Parramatta venue are advised that your exams will now be conducted at the following address:

Linden/Hunter Room
Parramatta RSL
Cnr Macquarie and O'Connell Streets
PARRAMATTA NSW 2150

NSW Young Lawyers Information Evening

Students enrolled in an approved law course in New South Wales are eligible to join NSW Young Lawyers for free.

To find out more about how NSW Young Lawyers can help and support you throughout the early stages of your career, please join us on Wednesday 22 June 2016 for our inaugural Information Evening, which will highlight the benefits of being a part of such a significant organisation.

NSW Young Lawyers offers over 50 years of experience and expertise to members, giving them the perfect platform to extend their network, expand their leadership opportunities and knowledge, and contribute to the profession and wider community.

We encourage all law students in New South Wales to begin their journey with us today.

 

Online enrolments now available

The enrolment period has been extended by one week to compensate for the delay.  We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience.  If the change to the enrolment period causes you difficulty, please call or email us for assistance.  For further details, see our enrolment page.

Important Changes to the Enrolment Process and Examination Policy

Online enrolment and payment
Closed boo​k examinations​
Cessation of publication of past exam papers

Personal items in the exam room

Online enrolment and payment

From Thursday 28 April you will be able to lodge your enrolment application online.  The online process allows you to choose your subjects and pay the enrolment fees (using a Visa or Mastercard credit/debit card).  Online enrolments will then be confirmed in writing within 10 days. 

Further details about the new online process are on our enrolment page.  The enrolment period has been extended and will now commence on Thursday 28 April 2016 and end at midnight on Friday 6 May 2016.  Due to the delay in the launch of the online enrolment process, we will not charge any late fees for enrolments received before midnight on Friday 6 May 2016.

Closed book ex​aminations

The Board's Examinations Committee has decided that from September 2016 examinations will generally be 'closed book'.  'Closed book' means that the only materials available to candidates will be those selected by the examiner, and attached to the exam paper.  Candidates will not be permitted to bring any written or printed material into the exam venue. 

While there may be an occasional exception to the closed book policy in a particular subject, students should generally assume that all exams will be closed book until details of arrangements are released.  Details of the exam arrangements for each subject will be posted on the Board's website during July 2016. 

The Board's Examinations Committee acknowledges that this policy change may require some students to alter the way they prepare for exams.  For those students who may have previously focused on anticipating questions and preparing model answers, the Committee encourages them to focus instead on developing a thorough knowledge of the area of law as set out in the Subject Guide, and a deep understanding of its application. 

When sitting the examination, the Examinations Committee encourages all candidates to think clearly and carefully about each question, before attempting to answer.  This is one advantage of closed book exams.  Under open book conditions, extensive materials and resources which the candidate has brought can sometimes act as a distraction, and hinder rather than help the crafting of a concise and relevant answer. 

Given the somewhat different expectations of answers in a closed book exam, compared with an open book one, examiners can also be expected to make appropriate adjustments to their marking practices and the way in which questions are set.

The introduction of the closed book exam policy reflects the need for increased attention to maintaining the integrity of the Board's exams process, particularly as a result of recent media reporting of widespread cheating in tertiary assessment tasks, and the University of Sydney's subsequent report into the prevention and detection of academic misconduct. 

Cessation of publication of past exam papers

In conjunction with the closed book exam policy, 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:

  pens and highlighters

  sweets, mints, cough lollies and tissues (but they must all be unwrapped and contained in a small, clear, resealable bag or bags)

  water in a small, clear bottle with the label removed.

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

Attention students attending the Albury exam venue

The venue providers have asked the LPAB to inform students arriving by car that they may park for free in the SS&A Club car park in Wilson Street. 
-posted 24/10/2014.

Tutoring LPAB/LEC Students

Many students will be aware that the LEC removed its website forums for a time last semester after widespread irregularities in postings were discovered. One of the areas of concern was the repeated use of several names, and qualifications and expertise, in connection with offers to tutor students in a range of subjects. Where the names used are those of identifiable people, it is apparent that they, and the person under whose name the postings were made, have no knowledge of these postings and that several aspects of the postings are fictitious. We have been in contact with several students who have been affected, but there may be others who have provided information in response to these postings, or paid money as a result of expressing interest. We wish to make sure that no students have been disadvantaged by these activities. If, in response to one of these web forum postings, you have provided information, paid money, sent assignments to an email address, or received tutoring services, we would appreciate your contacting us. We would also appreciate hearing from you if you have been asked to make postings in relation to tutoring services. If you have any concerns at all about these matters, please feel free to contact us.
Robin Szabo, Executive officer, LPAB
Frank Astill, Director, LEC

Are You Enrolled?

If your application for enrolment has not been processed by the LPAB you are NOT entitled to sit for the Board's exams. If you have not received an enrolment and examination confirmation letter and receipt for fees paid from the LPAB, there is every possibility that you are not enrolled and therefore not entitled to sit in the upcoming exams . If you are in any doubt that you are properly enrolled, please contact the LPAB office immediately on (02) 9338 3505 or email: lpab@justice.nsw.gov.au

Lost Property

Following the March 2015 Examinations:
- Copy of NSW Civil Procedure Handbook 2015.

To reclaim lost property please contact the Board's Examinations Officer (02) 9338 3506. 

Changed your details?

You must inform the Board in writing of any change of name, address, telephone number or email address. The change can be notified by fax to (02) 9338 3555, mail to GPO Box 3980 Sydney 2001 or email at lpab@justice.nsw.gov.au.

Name changes can only be confirmed upon sighting of an original change of name document.

Need an Academic Transcript?

Academic Transcripts can be obtained by completing an application form and paying the prescribed fee.  The application can either be lodged in person at: Level 4, 37 Bligh St, (Cnr Hunter St) Sydney, by mail: GPO Box 3980 Sydney NSW 2001 or DX 602 SYDNEY or email lpab@justice.nsw.gov.au.  If paying by bank cheque or money order, please make payable to the Legal Profession Admission Board.  Please note transcripts are normally produced within 48 hours, however, where records are not held electronically, the transcript may take up to 10 days to prepare.
 

Are you aware of NSW Young Lawyers?

With more than 15,000 members, NSW Young Lawyers is the state's largest body of young and newly practising lawyers and law students.  Active, innovative and dynamic, we support practitioners in the early stages of their career development, giving them the opportunity to meet, work together, expand their knowledge, advance their career and contribute to the profession and community.  Membership is free and automatic for all NSW lawyers under 36 years and/or in their first 5 years of practice, and law students.

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