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Course and exam enrolment

Take a look under your faculty or study programme tab for further information. If you have any questions, please contact your education administration office.

Bachelor and Master students must register in uSis for courses. Only after registration it will show on your calender in uSis. Attendance is only mandatory for first-year bachelorcourses, unless otherwise stated in the course description. All programme schedules can be found in uSis. Note: you have access right to register for only the courses of the master’s programme for which you have been admitted and registered.

Note: Students of LLM Advanced study programmes are not required to register for courses or exams in uSis.

Please read and follow carefully the instructions below.

Education and exams
First, register for the lectures/workgroups in uSis, then you will be automatically enrolled for this course in Brightspace.

Registration opens up for lectures, workgroups and exams at:
- 16 July at 13:00 hours for the first semester and
- 16 December at 13:00 hours for the second semester.

The registration for retakes opens 30 days before the day of the retake at 13:00 hours.

  1. Log in to uSis, click on ‘Enroll’ and next on ‘Enroll by entering the class number’;
  2. Check the schedules to find the activity/class number;
  3. Enter the 'Actnr' (exam) in uSis;
  4. A workgroup/seminar will close automatically when it’s full and 5 days before it starts;
  5. The registration deadline for registering for any exam in uSis is 10 days  before the day of the exam taking place;
  6. Complete your registration via your shopping cart;
  7. Always check your schedule in uSis to see whether your application has been successful;
  8. Still having trouble with your exam registration(s)? Send an email on time (before the deadline) to OIC@law.leidenuniv.nl  stating your student number, the exam and the failure notification.
  9. BEWARE: Once the registration period in uSis has been closed, it will no longer be possible, in any way, to register for the exam or retake! Without a registration in uSis you cannot take the exam or retake.
  10. Should you decide not to participate please deregister for the exam via uSis;
  11. It is mandatory to bring your LU-Card and a valid passport or ID to the exam for verification.

Brightspace is the digital learning environment of Leiden Law School. For help and instructions about Brightspace check the website.

  1. After you registered for lectures, workgroups and/or exams in uSis, you will be automatically enrolled for this course in Brightspace.
  2. About 2 weeks before the start of a course, the information will be available in Brightspace.
  3. Log in to Brightspace with your ULCN account.

The Prospectus includes:

  • Course descriptions and the methods of instruction.
  • The required literature. You can purchase books at reputable bookstores or online. You can purchase readers and syllabi for courses via Readersonline.
  • Contact information of the department and the secretariat.

Important: check the rules and regulations on exams regularly.For more information see uSis and the uMail manual.

Brightspace cancellation tool exams because of Covid related reasons.

In the course on Brightspace you will find a Brightspace Covid deregistration tool for exams. Only when you are not able to come to the location and attent the physical exam because of Covid related reasons you can use the Covid cancellation tool in Brigthspace.  

Be aware: Cancellation for the physical exam due to Corona-related reasons is only allowed until 1 hour before the start of the exam!

Students who miss a physical exam (i.e., a paper exam, or an on-site laptop exam on an exam location) due to Coronavirus-related reasons are entitled to an extra opportunity to take the exam in the current academic year. Coronavirus-related reasons apply to students who belong to a risk group or who pose a contagion risk and who, in accordance with the Corona Check, are not allowed to come to camps. Students who cannot come to a physical test due to other reasons do not entitle for two further opportunities. For them, the regular rules apply (including the regular rules regarding illness).

This exception applies to students who receive a "Yes" as an answer to one or more questions asked in the Corona Check: Can I go to University? 

See: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/dossiers/coronavirus-en/corona-check

Please note: This Covid exam cancellation tool is only intended to help you sign out for the physical exam of this course. If you are not in this exceptional situation, you are expected to be present on site for the physical examination of this course.

Those who cannot come to the location for the examination of this course due to Coronavirus-related reasons, will not participate in this examination round. Another time will be arranged for them. In any case, if you are unable to attend the physical first chance exam due to corona reasons, you must in any case make use of the second chance.

It is mandatory to provide a valid identification document during the examination. In addition, there are rules regarding the materials that you can take with you to the exam.

Valid ID during an exam

The presence is registered at the exam. The following matters are required for this identification and thus participation at the exam:

  • LU-Card / proof of enrollment at the University and
  • a valid ID. Please note: a copy, whether or not via a mobile or an expired ID is not accepted.

A valid ID is a valid passport, a valid driving license or identity card. If you can not show a valid identity document as mentioned above, you can not take the exam and you must leave the examination room. 

Exam equipment

  • pen, pencil type B or HB black, sharpener and eraser;
  • law books (if necessary and permitted).

Information about study materials that may or may not be brought to examinations and information about lectures and exam access will be published in the workbook of the relevant course and / or on Brightspace. If it is permitted to take material to the exam, it must meet the following requirements:

Brought in legal texts or other material may not contain any notes. Notes do not include:

  • underlining, shadings and markings with fluorescent marker;
  • references to law articles;
  • references to jurisprudence and other literature, provided this is explicitly permitted for a specific examination;
  • "edge"words provided by the publisher of a legislative bundle.

Of course it is forbidden to smoke, to use mobile phones / iPads / tablets and such during exams.

You are entitled to an earlier individual retake examination when:

  • You have submitted the final version of your thesis, whereby the supervisor indicates that it may be reasonably expected that the thesis will receive a sufficient grade,
  • and where the student has completed all but one of the courses of the master’s curriculum
  • and would need to wait at least four months for the next scheduled examination opportunity for the last component of the compulsory curriculum. For this provision the period between 1 July and the middle of August is not included in the calculation.
  • for which a score of at least ‘5’ was achieved on at least one prior occasion in the current academic year or last academic year.

This provision is not valid for course units entitled ‘Privatissimum’ and/or ‘Practicum’ as intended in art. 4.8.1 of the OER.

The extensive regulation can be found in the Examination Rules & Regulations on the website Faculty and study programme regulations under the tab of your study.

If you are eligible for an individual retake you can request that by sending an e-mail to OIC@law.leidenuniv.nl stating your name, studentnumber and the particular course.

If you do not meet all the requirements, the Education Information Centre can not give a permission for an individual retake. In case of special circumstances, please send a motivated request to the Board of Examiners.

If two (law) exams are scheduled on the same day and time, there is no possibility to take both examinations in 1 day. 

Due to the current circumstances surrounding Covid-19, this decision applies to all exams for the time being.

The advice is to choose one of the two courses for taking the resit. If you have any questions about how to adjust your study plan, you are most welcome at the study advisor. You can contact your study advisor by e-mail.

Under certain conditions, and at the student’s request, a regular student may retake one exam that had already been passed. Permission must be requested at the OIC to retake a passed exam

This arrangement does not apply to exchange students, guest students and students on an Advanced Masters programme.

Below you can find more information about the conditions to retake an exam that has already been passed.

On the grounds of Article in the Course and Examination Regulations (OER in Dutch) of Leiden Law School, under certain conditions and at the student’s request, the student may retake one exam that has already been passed. Resitting passed exams are not applicable for partial exams, practical exercises, assignments, oral exams and theses. A retake is possible for selected course components only (see the course description in the Prospectus), and:

  • if the student has passed the exam of a certain course component at the first attempt; and
  • this first attempt took place during the first examination period in the academic year; and
  • the request form is filled in, signed, and emailed to the OIC no later than 20 days after the announcement of the examination result in uSis. (Example: If your grade has been processed in uSis on 5 May, you can submit your application form up to and including 25 May.)

The resit is done during the second examination period of the course component in question in the same academic year (Cf. Art. 4.1.1). It is not possible to make other arrangements with the course lecturer.

Important to note: after you have received permission to retake the exam, your first grade will be removed from your records. This means that a second, lower, grade can cause you to fail the course.

And also note: if you do not pass the resit of a passed exam, you will not be entitled to an earlier individual retake examination for that course within the meaning of Article 4.8 of the Examination Rules and Regulations.

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