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Immigration and Asylum Law Accreditation: Senior Caseworker Exam (30/06/2021)


This is the Advance Material for the Senior Caseworker Exam. You should use these materials to research and prepare.


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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.

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I have read and understood Examination Rules and undertake to comply. I understand that the examination I am being given access to is the property of the Law Society, subject to copyright and is being provided to me on a confidential basis for the purposes of the examination. I understand that I am to use the materials for the purpose of the examination only. I understand that I am not permitted to copy, discuss, save or share it or its contents with others and I agree not to do so. I understand that if I breach these requirements, this may result in failure of the examination. 


Wednesday 30th Jun 2021 1:00pm - 4:30pm

This online examination is for 3 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. 

Course Description


  • 3.5 hours
  • Advanced
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 Senior Caseworker under the LAA contract.The 3 hour and 30 minute examination will take place on 30 June at 13:00-16:30pm.The next examination date will be released in due course.

Learning outcomes

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
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.