Volume 8, Issue 5
The views expressed below do not represent those of De Minimis.
In breaking MLS news, the author has become aware that a clerical error affected the release of marks for an unfortunate bunch of Second Year JD students who took ‘Administrative Law’ last semester.
Reports from several close sources (students who experienced the error) confirmed last week that marks were released to several students which did not include the exam mark (80% assessment), resulting in their automated removal from enrolled second semester subjects requiring Admin as a pre-requisite.
In a spate of irony, the subject premised around how decision makers should be held to account for such indiscretions as breaches of natural justice and unreasonableness, all second year students were then expressly told that they could not book individual consultations with their teachers.
It should also be noted, by way of context, that the marking allocation on the exam was infected by jurisdictional error, and part of the exam was featured on the second (pink) page which a number of students missed. It is rumoured a petition was circulating to rectify marks of students who missed the section.
The author understands that these were probably simple mistakes, but can’t help but wonder whether the subject is actually semester-long experiment designed to break student will, with survivors automatically becoming eligible for jobs at high-pressure law firms. He or she also wonders why this couldn’t have happened in a subject that he or she didn’t enjoy, like Dispute Resolution or Tax Law, instead of one he or she would like to build a career in.
The author notes that the erroneous marks were quickly rectified, and that those students who received them were immediately contacted by the Wellbeing department. It is understood that those involved handled the situation with professionalism, and apologies were duly made.
Anonymous is a second-year JD Student who is relieved that first semester is over.