The Law Society of Ireland recently announced that they will offer a sitting of two FE-1 subjects in August 2020.

The announcement comes after the originally planned exams had to be postponed to comply with the government’s directions on social distancing amidst the COVID-19 crisis.

The two exams are European Union Law and the Law of Torts.

The exams are planned to take place on Tuesday the 11th and Thursday 13th of August in the RDS in Dublin, and at an as-yet unannounced venue in Cork.

Potential for some candidates to start PPC1 a year early

Candidates whose only outstanding FE-1 subjects are Tort and/or EU Law will have their paper corrected “as a matter of priority and in time for admission to the September Professional Practice Course if successful in passing all eight FE1 subjects.”

So, a minority of candidates will in fact be able to begin PPC1 a year earlier than expected – candidates whose only outstanding exams are Tort and/or EU Law, who would ordinarily have to wait until the usual October 2020 sitting (and so miss a September 2020 PPC1 start).

Background to decision

In its announcement the Law Society stated that:

“The Law Society has been actively planning for an additional sitting of the Law of Torts and EU Law examinations to be held in alignment with the government’s roadmap for the lifting of restrictions and public health recommendations.

The health and safety of candidates and invigilators remains our priority and the holding of these examinations is subject to the evolving Covid-19 situation and any public health requirements. In the event that the Covid-19 crisis does not allow us to hold these examinations a full refund of examination fees will be issued.”

Impact on March 2020 candidates

To clarify how this would impact those originally registered for the March 2020 exams, the Law Society stated that:

“Candidates who registered to sit [these] subjects in March and did not seek a refund will be transferred to the August sitting and are not required to make a further application. An email confirming registration will be sent to this group of candidates within the next five days. Any candidate who does not receive an email within this timeline should email fe1section@lawsociety.ie.

Application forms for candidates who did not register for the above examinations in March or who availed of the refund option for these examinations will be available on our website from Friday 12 June.

Those candidates whose only outstanding FE-1 subjects are Tort and/or EU Law will have their paper corrected as a matter of priority and in time for admission to the September Professional Practice Course if successful in passing all eight FE1 subjects.”

Full statement

You can read the full statement from the Law Society by following this link: https://www.lawsociety.ie/News/News/Stories/august-sitting-of-the-fe-1-law-of-torts-and-eu-law-examinations/