The exam paper contains four case studies, each with four questions (which may be further subdivided). Two of the case studies are mandatory so you must answer the questions for those. You can choose which of the other two case studies you will answer. One will be focused on finance, the other on children.
The Lawyer Core Competencies outline the competencies you must be able to demonstrate to pass the assignment.
Please note: The Core Competence Unit has been updated to encompass the implementation of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act on 6 April 2022. Please ensure you are referring to the updated document and disregard previous versions.
The Core Assignment is an open book exam, taken over a set weekend. The exam paper contains a case study with four questions (which may be further subdivided).
The Financial Adviser Core Competencies outline the competencies you must be able to demonstrate to pass the assignment.
Lawyers & Financial Advisers
The Core Assignment is an open book assignment so you can use reference material and research your answers in relation to areas of practice you don’t normally undertake. You should credit all research in footnotes and include information about where you would seek further help in your answers.
In your answers you are expected to:
- Provide your assessment of the situation and your answers in relation to the case study and questions as presented.
- Refer to applicable law, statute, regulation and procedure as appropriate.
- Show awareness of the range of family dispute resolution processes and consider their appropriateness in each case.
- Show how you would adhere to, consider or apply Resolution’s Code of Practice throughout, and how you follow the guidance in the Resolution Guides to Good Practice.
You will fail the assignment if you don’t show any one of these four elements.
Word limits will be outlined in the papers you receive. If you exceed the word limit by more than 10% you will fail the assignment.
Your assignment must be completed by you without assistance from anyone else.
The Accreditation Committee reserves the right to fail any candidate who does not comply with these requirements, and to consider whether a candidate should be referred under the arrangements set out in Resolution’s Cheating, Collusion and Plagiarism policy.