Oral Exam

Oral exam

Oral exams can be held with or without preparation time.

All students must be present at the beginning of the exam or at the times stated on the advertised lists for the individual oral exam, so that there are no delays when holding the exam due to absences.

The exam lists can be found under eksamensplaner.

Course Synopsis

The course lecturer decides if the students will have the option to write a synopsis for the oral exam if they so wish. A synopsis consists of no more than five pages about a topic of your own choice approved by the lecturer.

You may then begin the exam with a brief introduction about your topic, but the examiner must also include the remaining curriculum in the exam, so that the students do not effectively have months to prepare for the oral exam.

Your synopsis must be no more than five pages in length (as the co-examiners must otherwise be paid extra fees, which must be approved by the board of studies), and the scope of the exam extends beyond the synopsis.

The individual lecturer determines the grade weighting of the synopsis. However, the most common grade weighting is probably 1/3 for the synopsis and 2/3 for the oral presentation.

Choosing the exam form

Each individual course description will specify if it is possible to write a synopsis.

When registering for the exam date, students must therefore choose one of the exam forms below. Please note that the choice cannot be changed and that it will also apply in the case of a possible re-exam:

  • Oral exam
  • Oral exam based on a synopsis

Detailed guidelines for the exam will be stated in the course description.

Guidelines for bringing your own statute books to an oral exam

You are allowed to bring your statute books, but they must comply with the below guidelines:

  • You may underline and/or mark passages, including in colour.
  • You may only bring entire statutes or coherent parts of statutes. Any further editing, e.g. cutting out and combining the provisions so that they support the individual exam question, is not allowed. 
  • You may only add the following notes to the statute: Cf. plus a reference to a statute or paragraph (example: cf. § 17, subsection 2)
  • You may refer to verdicts or other rulings by including their “nickname”. Example: U 1979.610 S "Rigtig Juice".
  • You may not add any other notes to the statute except the above.
  • If a statute contains notes etc. that are not permitted, it cannot be used in the oral exam.

Any exceptions to the general rules above will be announced in the individual course discriptions in the course catalogue.