Aspiring attorneys smoke after being "forced to urinate in bottles and buckets while supervisors watched on camera" while remotely taking their bar exams
- Bar students said they would fail the two-hour and 45-minute exams if they left their seats.
- The inspectors are forced to urinate in bottles and buckets during surveillance.
- The students were observed by remote supervisors through their webcams in the exam
Aspiring lawyers have claimed they were forced to urinate in bottles and buckets while supervisors watched from their laptop cameras during online bar exams.
Bar students were told they would fail their two-hour and 45-minute papers if they left their seats or did not make eye contact with their computer screens.
As a result, some students had to urinate in vessels while being monitored by remote supervisors via their webcams.
The professional ethics exam set by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) is one of three centralized exams that you must take as part of the Bar Professional Training Course.
Bar student Tian Juin See said he had to urinate in a bottle while making eye contact with his laptop screen so that he would not be accused of cheating during Tuesday's exam
Bar student Tian Juin See said he had to urinate in a bottle while making eye contact with his laptop screen to avoid being accused of fraud.
The 23-year-old, who took the online exam at his home near Farringdon, London, claimed he had "asked" his supervisor to let him go to the bathroom.
He said, “I told him I was going to use the bottle. He still said that politics did not allow him to let me use the bathroom.
So I had to empty the contents of my water bottle on my carpet to make room for the urine.
"And he said I can't look away from the camera or turn away or he'd be forced to finish the exam."
The BSB said that students who chose to take the home exam were given "straightforward instructions" that made it clear that they were not allowed to leave their rooms in order to protect the integrity of the test.
The guide instead urged students to prepare to be unable to leave the room for the duration of your exam, such as going to the bathroom as soon as possible before the exam begins, a BSB spokesman said.
Students who chose to take the exam at a test center had access to a toilet.
Bar students were told they could fail their two-hour and 45-minute papers if they left their seats or did not make eye contact with their computer screens (archive image).
Up-and-coming lawyer Sophie Lamb, 28, who is studying at BPP University Law School in Leeds, said she was forced to urinate in a bucket while sitting in front of her laptop in her kitchen during the test.
Miss Lamb, who lives near Hull in East Yorkshire, said, “To be honest, it was a little ridiculous. The fact that this is an organization that aims to promote our ethical standards, but also our well-being. & # 39;
She said, "I had to put the bucket under the chair and I was wearing a long dress and had to squat, but make sure my face was still in front of the camera."
According to the BSB, around 5,211 centralized audits will take place this month.
Pete Kennedy, a 30-year-old bar student of Silvertown, east London, added, “It's pretty outrageous to put students into this dilemma.
“This is the culmination of years of study and we are forced to quit our exams to go to the bathroom or sit in a bucket.
"All because our supervisory authority apparently cannot trust us not to cheat when it comes to an ethics review of all things."
He said the students raised the bathroom break issue at BSB, but the only alternative was to attend an exam center, which he didn't want to do during the coronavirus pandemic.
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