Faculty of Law

Assessment and Examinations

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Assessment

Assessment for law courses varies from in-term tests, opinions and essays to final examinations.

Details of all assessment and deadlines for a course are contained in the Course Outline. These are distributed in the first week of the trimester and are also posted on Blackboard. You'll find PDFs of these on our Course Outlines page.

Read the Undergraduate Law Prospectus section on Assessment for information on grades and marks, assessment in Te Reo Māori, aegrotats, compensation pass policy, use of turnitin, copyright and recording of classes.

Victoria University rules regarding all assessment are in the Assessment Handbook. Download the Handbook below. 

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PDF icon. Assessment Handbook 395 KB PDF

See also the updated criteria for the award of Compensation Passes to complete a Law Degree

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PDF icon.  Compensation Pass Criteria 302KB PDF

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Examinations

Students enrolled in courses that have a final examination are expected to be available during the relevant examination period.

Examination timetables are usually published after the mid-term break.

In some special circumstances you may need to seek permission to sit an examination or test at an alternative time or location. The rules for alternative arrangements for Law School tests or University final examinations can be seen in the appendices of the Undergraduate Law Prospectus.

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Dictionaries

If it would help for you to have a foreign language to English dictionary in an examination, download the dictionary form and take it to the Course Coordinator or Student Administration Manager. Take the signed form and your dictionary to the examination where the supervisor will check it before the start. Electronic dictionaries are not permitted.

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Aegrotats

If an illness, personal bereavement or any exceptional circumstance beyond your control has occurred in the last three weeks of the course, and your preparation and performance has been impaired, you may apply for an aegrotat pass. Contact the Course Assessment Administrator.

Also read the information on how to apply for an aegrotat.

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Return of Examination Script

You can apply to have your original examination script returned free of charge with a marking guide. Alternatively, you can apply for a copy of your script at a small charge. The original script can not be returned to you until after the dates below.

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Reconsideration of Assessment

If you are not satisfied with the grade for an examination you can apply for a reconsideration. It is a good idea to read the script at the School Office first. Arrange this, and any subsequent application for reconsideration, through the School Office. A fee is charged for reconsideration of a script.

Applications for a return or reconsideration of a script will be accepted up to the following dates:

  • First trimester courses 31 August
  • Second trimester courses 31 January
  • Third trimester courses 30 April

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