Immigration and Asylum Law Accreditation: Senior Caseworker Exam (30/06/2021)
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The Immigration and Asylum Accreditation assessment process is an important part of ensuring that members who hold an Immigration and Asylum accreditation have suitable expertise and experience to be accredited.
The Law Society takes the integrity of the examination process seriously. To ensure confidentiality of the examination process, and to ensure it is fair to all applicants, by commencing the examination, candidates undertake the following declaration as a condition of participating in an examination:
Wednesday 30th Jun 2021 1:00pm - 5:30pm
This online examination is for 4 hour(s), 30 minute(s)
Instructions for the paper:
The exam consists of 4 parts, 21 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 is also a compulsory professional conduct question.
If you do not attempt to give a substantive answer to the professional conduct question, you will fail the examination irrespective of the overall mark you obtain for the whole examination.
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.
This examination tests the required competencies of a senior caseworker under the LAA contract.
You must become accredited as a senior caseworker in order to be paid by the LAA for work conducted under an LAA contract.
Senior Caseworkers should:
- have conduct of all matters;
- delegate tasks to Casework Assistants and Trainee Casework Assistants, but remain responsible for the progress and overall conduct of the matter.
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
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.