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Marking criteria for written examination

This  guide is used by examiners for grading elective courses at the Faculty of Law. The guide is common to all elective courses at the bachelor’s and master’s degree levels and individual legal courses.

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  JUS5930 – Comparative Public Law
Syllabus/achievement requirements  Spring 2019  
Formal prerequisite knowledge

Master´s Level course

Students must fulfill one of the following requirements:

Passed 1st - 3rd year of the 5-year 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 Take-home exam. Duration: 3 weeks. Maximum word-length: 4000 words.
Last updatet  26.02.2019

Grading criteria 

In general terms, the following criteria are used when assessing take-home exam:

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.

Published Feb. 26, 2019 6:31 PM - Last modified Feb. 26, 2019 6:44 PM