03.06.2003 18:34 Age: 18 yrs
Category: Law News

Evidence to become a Compulsory Course

Evidence will become a compulsory course for students who enrol for the first time in 2003.

The School of Law decided last year, after a review of its courses, that Evidence should become a compulsory course for the Bachelor of Laws and for the LLB component in the combined degree programme. The course will be compulsory only for those students who come into the LLB programme as from 2003 which is when the changes to the regulations take effect, said the Head of School Professor Bob Hughes. New students will take the course in their third year of LLB studies or their fourth year of the BA/LLB. Existing students will not be effected by the changes. For them Evidence remains an optional 300 level course. However all existing students have the option to transfer to the new rules if they want. Changes in the curriculum cannot be forced on students but, if they think that it benefits them, then they can change by applying in writing to the Head of School.

The Law School considered the proposal for change at some length. There was some debate about it, Professor Hughes said. Whilst some felt strongly that Evidence was needed because of its wide significance to those entering into legal practice, others felt that the value of other optional course offerings was just as significant. The immediate effect for students to whom the new regulations apply is that in the LLB students will now do 18 compulsory law courses and 9 law electives instead of 10. In the combined degree programme they will do only 3 law electives rather than the 4 previously required.

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