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Immigration and Asylum Law Accreditation: Casework Assistant Exam (21/03/2022)


The Advance Material for the Casework Assistant Exam. You should use these materials to research and prepare.


Monday 21st Mar 2022 1:00pm - 4:30pm

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Instructions for the paper:

The exam consists of 4 parts, 19 Questions in total. You must answer all questions. Parts 2 & 3 require you to use the Advance Material. Details of each question are contained in the section marked Qi.

You do not need to answer the questions sequentially. When moving between questions, you must use the “next screen” button at the bottom of the page. Do not use the back button on your browser. 

Answers to the questions must be inserted in the text box following the question. 

Professional conduct is a pervasive topic in this examination. There are compulsory professional conduct questions in the paper. 

If you do not attempt to give a substantive answer to a professional conduct question, you will fail the examination irrespective of the overall mark you obtain for the whole examination. It is not sufficient to state only: “This is a professional conduct question, I will consult my supervisor/office manual” or similar.

Part 3 is a compulsory drafting question; if you do not pass this question, you will fail the examination irrespective of the overall mark you obtain for the whole of the examination.

At the end of the examination you will be able to review and change your answers prior to submitting. Once you have submitted your answers, you will not be able to change your answers. 

To pass this examination, you must obtain at least 50% of the marks (subject to meeting the requirements in respect of the drafting question and the professional conduct question). 

Course Description


  • 3.5 hours
  • Intermediate
The Immigration and Asylum Law Accreditation is a recognised quality standard for practitioners providing advice under a Legal Aid Agency (LAA) contract.The accreditation covers all immigration work that can be done under a LAA contract and it can be used as a quality mark for privately funded work.This examination tests the required competencies of a Casework Assistant under the LAA contract.The 3 hour and 30 minute examination will take place on 21 March 2022 at 13:00-16:30. Bookings close on 9 March 2022.The next examination date will be released in due course.

Learning outcomes

Casework Assistants who have passed the exam:

  • can conduct tasks delegated by Senior Caseworkers from their own caseload, except in reserved matters;
  • cannot have conduct of cases or matters.

Delegated tasks are supervised by, and remain the responsibility of, the Senior Caseworker who has conduct of the matter.

The LAA has confirmed that tasks in controlled legal representation (CLR) matters can be delegated to Casework Assistants, provided the matter or task is not reserved.

What this will cover

The syllabus is confined to work that can be conducted under an Immigration Legal Aid contract and comprises:-

1. Legal Aid
2. Professional Conduct
3. Drafting and English
4. Legal Practice
5. Specialist Immigration Practice
6. Appeal and Administrative Review
7. Deportation and Removal
8. Judicial Review
9. Human Rights
10. Asylum support
11. Detention

The expected standards are designed to reflect the issues encountered by practitioners and ensure that accredited members are able to deliver good quality advice and representation.

Candidates have 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete the examination, which consists of 100 marks separated into 4 parts. In order to pass the examination you must achieve a mark of at least 50%. If your time expires the examination will submit automatically.