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Ex-law student's discrimination claim rejected

7th February 2012

A former student has been unsuccessful in his attempt to secure a judgement of disability discrimination against the College of Law, after the Court of Appeal rejected his case.

Justin Burke had claimed, after failing the Legal Practice Certificate (LPC) exams which would have enabled him to start applying for lawyer jobs, the college should have done more to take the fact that he suffers from multiple sclerosis into account. 

Mr Burke’s latest appeal was turned down after his arguments were previously dismissed by first the Employment Tribunal and later the Employment Appeal Tribunal. The Brighton-based ex-student had requested that he be allowed to sit his exams at home, instead of at the college’s Guildford site, citing the discomfort travelling would cause.

Although the college would not agree to this, officials stated how they did endeavour to make alternative arrangements, including providing Burke with accommodation, a separate exam room, and 60% extra time to complete the papers.