Failed your exams? Just sue your law school

By Lawyers Weekly|03 March 2012

A chronically-exam-flunking paralegal is suing the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (OXILP) for failing to give her adequate instruction on how to pass exams.As reported by RollOnFriday, Maria…

A chronically-exam-flunking paralegal is suing the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice (OXILP) for failing to give her adequate instruction on how to pass exams.

As reported by RollOnFriday, Maria Abramova, who is now a paralegal at UK firm Gates & Partners, is suing OXILP for £100,000 ($159,000) after failing the Legal Practice Course (LPC).

The unfortunate Abramova graduated from Oxford University in 2004 and began the LPC at OXILP soon after. However, in 2005 she failed her exams and cited the reason as being OXILP's lack of instruction in exam technique.

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But Abramova almost got lucky, breezing through her retake exams until, that is, the pesky Property Law and Practice exam popped up and foiled her plans for passing everything.

Next, she attempted the New York bar exams.

But alas, she could not shake the dismal failures of her past, finding the whole ordeal "psychologically difficult ... following [her] experiences ... at OXILP".

Needless to say, she flunked those too, and is now stating that OXILP was "clearly negligent" in failing to show her how to successfully sit an exam.

A spokesman for OXILP - which is denying all liability - told RollOnFriday that the body's "service to students is rigorously scrutinised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and a system of external examiners".

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He also pointed out that of the 357 other students that studied in the same year as Abramova, more than 99 per cent went on to pass the exam paper at the heart of the dispute.

The saga is continuing. Folklaw just hopes she's a little better at preparing for court cases.

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