Teaching and examinations

Teaching and learning methods

To ensure that students gain a good understanding and insight of basic rules and principles in the courses included in the program, there will be used different methods of teaching. Lectures may be supplemented by a series of tutorials and seminars. Some can consist of student-lead presentations and discussions.

Some courses offer the students an opportunity to write a semester paper and a mock exam that will be corrected/ and given with written comments.

The students will have to write and hand in essays for the specialist seminars during term two.

Once a week during the first semester there will be held what we call a “Coffee Hour”. The Coffee Hour is an opportunity for the students to ask questions, discuss relevant topics and give feed back both on the courses and the program.

In order to meet the learning objectives set up for the programme, students are expected to participate in class discussions and are encouraged to ask questions and share opinions. Part of the course experience is provided by the diversity of backgrounds and opinions of its participants.

According to the Norwegian academic tradition, each student is individually responsible for their own academic progression. Students may find that the number of lectures is less than which they are accustomed, but they are nevertheless expected to learn a similar amount. This normally requires more self-study apart from attending lectures. It is the students own responsibility to learn, while teachers and instructors are simply an aid in that endeavour. Students are recommended to organize study groups on their own.

Compulsory attendance

All tuition is obligatory, including field trips, seminars etc. The students must be prepared to dedicate 15 months to their full time study. The Institute will not recommend any daytime employment by the students.


Faculty of Law, University of Oslo

Forms of examination and assessment

At the end of each course, except for the specialized seminars and the mock trial, a 4 hour written examination will be given. Students will be tested in their ability to present their knowledge on a specific topic.

For the three specialist seminars the students have to write an essay on a given topic. During the mock trial preparations the students will be assessed by their activity and participation in the team work.

In order to evaluate the ability to work independently students are expected to write a master's thesis. Students will be tested in how to find and analyze relevant material and make a systematic presentation of legal arguments.

Language of examination

In the courses comprising the programme, the exam question papers are given in English, and the answer papers are normally supposed to be delivered in English. The course descriptions provide more information about requirements concerning the language of examination
See § 5.4, 4 in Forskrift om studier og eksamener ved Universitetet i Oslo (Regulations governing studies and exams at the University of Oslo) (Norwegian only)

Grading scale

The courses comprising the programme and the master's thesis use the grading scale with five steps from A to E for pass and F for fail, see: § 6.1 in Forskrift om studier og eksamener ved Universitetet i Oslo, (Regulations governing studies and exams at the University of Oslo) (Norwegian only).

The essays and the written and oral performances during the mock trial in the course called Marlsemin, will be graded using a passed/non-passed grading scale. See:§ 6.2 in Forskrift om studier og eksamener ved Universitetet i Oslo, (Regulations governing studies and exams at the University of Oslo) (Norwegian only).

Auxiliary material – material you can bring with you to the exam

At the Faculty of Law you are allowed to bring certain material to the exams. The rules are divided into general material that you can bring for all the exams and material specific for each course.
Auxiliary materials allowed during examinations for courses taught in English

In the auxiliary material you are also allowed to make certain forms of notations.
Rules for notations

More detailed rules for taking exams at the Faculty of Law

You will find more detailed rules about taking an exam at the Faculty of Law, in Detailed regulations for the Faculty of Law, chapter 2, 3 and 4.

Chapter 2: Examinations
Chapter 3: Special examination arrangements
(Please note that deadlines to apply for special examination arrangements is 1 September in the Autumn semester and 1 February in the spring semester.)
Chapter4: Instructions for invigilators and student representatives

Published June 6, 2012 10:00 AM - Last modified June 18, 2012 10:07 AM