Marking Criteria

All criteria are to be included in the overall assessment. Each candidate is assessed individually with regards to the course's learning requirements; the active normal distribution curve is not implemented.

Marking Criteria Guide

Course information 

Course code and name  JUS5912 – Legal Writing and Oral Advocacy in International Law
Syllabus/achievement requirements  Autumn 2018 
Formal prerequisite knowledge

Masters Level course

Students must fill one of these requirements:

Passed 1st - 3rd year of the 5-years degree Master of Laws (Master i rettsvitenskap at UiO) (or exams that qualify for exemption for these) or Hold a 5-years Master’s degree in Laws (Master i rettsvitenskap at UiO) or equivalent.

Examination Written assignment with a maximum of 5000 words and oral examination. The oral examination is an 10 min presentation (rebuttal and surrebuttal time included within the 10 minutes allocation).
Last updated 07.11.2018

Grading criteria 

  • The grading scale is A-F for the written assignment and fail/pass for the oral exam. 

In general terms, the following criteria are used when assessing the written assignment:

Scope and quality of research

  • Evidence of sufficient independent research to adequately address relevant issues for the assigned topic.
  • Use of appropriate sources for topic.
  • Awareness of any relevant issues arising from class readings.

Construction of arguments

  • Logical flow of proposition(s) and evidence.
  • Integration of concepts and evidence.
  • Consideration of contrary positions.

Analysis/critical thinking

  • Understanding of relevant concepts, through proper analysis of primary and secondary material.
  • Reflection: 
    • essay engages with the material.
    • essay demonstrates independent thought.
  • Conclusions are drawn, which follow from the analysis.


  • Clear introduction, body and conclusion.
  • Clarity of scope/delineation of scope of essay.


  • Use of own words and terminology as appropriate.
  • Grammar, sentence construction, paragraph structure etc.
  • Appropriate tone/voice – minimal verbosity.

Format requirements

The default style requirements for essay style assessments in the Law School are included in the specific forms:

  • Assignments are typed and submitted electronically.
  • Assignments should be properly and adequately referenced.
  • Assignments should include both footnotes and bibliography. Failure to appropriately reference sources may amount to plagiarism and will be sanctioned.
  • Word limit for assignments is calculated by reference to all text in the assignment. This usually excludes the table of contents and the bibliography. The student must usually record the actual word count on the assignment cover sheet.

General qualitative description of valuation criteria

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail.

In general terms, the following criteria are used when assessing the oral exam:

  • The assignment must be an overall good perfomance in most areas to recive a passing grade.The oral exam must be an overall good performance in most areas to achieve a passing grade.
  • A performance with significant shortcomings in reference to the following criteria will receive a failing grade.

Substance of the presentation

  • Understanding of the topic area.
  • Central argument is clear and other related arguments well-constructed.
  • Legal, ethical and other concepts are articulated clearly.
  • Alternative perspectives are recognised and considered. 
  • Presentation does not indicate confusion over underlying principles and concepts.

Structure of presentation

  • Introduction and conclusion are Clear.
  • Topic is clearly defined, and trajectory of argument is set out from the beginning.
  • Presentation is delivered within the allotted time frame.

Oratorical skills

  • Verbal skill/style:
    • Clarity – speaking in a way that the audience can follow and understand.
    • Use of appropriate style and language for audience and topic – e.g. any humour used is not offensive and does not detract from the persuasiveness of the presentation, language is not overly colloquial, etc.
  • Non-verbal skill/style
    • Presenter projects interest and engagement in the topic he/she is presenting.


The assignment must be an overall good perfomance in most areas to recive a passing grade.

Published Nov. 7, 2018 6:26 PM - Last modified Feb. 7, 2020 3:46 PM