"That's a good case, I'll add it in when I get back from the cinema."
Law students studying for the Graduate Diploma in Law this year will enjoy far longer to take their exams than any previous cohort, thanks to Covid.
The GDL typically involves students sitting a series of two and three hour exams in timed, invigilated conditions.
However, with Omicron rampant, numerous universities have opted to let their students access their first semester assessments remotely, and have given them 24 hours to complete each essay paper.
At London South Bank University, the multiple choice element will remain timed, said a source, but the essay component will be split out and students will have 24 hours to submit each paper.
Liverpool John Moores is releasing its online exams at 9.30am on the day of the assessment, with students similarly receiving "24 hours in which to submit their answers", said a spokesperson.
A GDL student happy to forego the intense GDL timetable of a pair of three hour exams every other day told RollOnFriday, "I can only imagine that the quality threshold is raised because there's less excuse for writing gibberish".
City Law School said it was also opting for 24 hour "take home" exams, while Northumbria University confirmed that it was adopting 24 hour online exams as well.
Two of Northumbria's seven exams will have a 3,000 word limit and the other five will have a 4,500 word limit, reflecting the fact that in "normal" times its students would have been given two hours to complete the former, and three hours to complete the latter, said a spokesperson.
The continuing pandemic has forced legal education providers to find a compromise for assessments that doesn't endanger students but which also doesn't result in the piss-soaked debacle of last year's attempt to enforce exam conditions from afar.
With no compulsory standard approach, universities have hit upon a mixture of solutions which means that although many GDL students will enjoy a more relaxed regimen than their forebears, some students may get a harder ride than others.
Despite providing a 24 hour window in which to take exams, a spokesperson for the University of East Anglia said that the "recommended duration of the exams (i.e. the time that students are expected to work on their exam) will be two hours". However, as the UEA wasn't intending to actually enforce its suggested time limit, its students still look set for a civilised and restful experience.
A spokesperson for Oxford Brookes said that "some of our assessments for GDL students involve online exams with a 24 hour submission window", but referred RollOnFriday to its exam guidance which stated that "online exams will be time-constrained", suggesting that its students may have a smaller window in which to undertake the exams.
The short straw goes to Nottingham Trent students, who don't sit their exams until May, months after many of their peers have had a whole day to pontificate, research and fashion the ultimate response to each essay question. As such, "we don’t currently have any plans to change the mode of examination", said a Nottingham Trent spokesperson.
BPP declined to reveal what it had in store for its students, and the University of Law was unable to provide an answer within RollOnFriday's 24 hour window.