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Oxford Grad Blames UK Law School for Failing NY Bar Exam, Sues for $162K

Posted Feb 2, 2011 5:58 AM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A graduate of Oriel College at the renowned University of Oxford blames her law school for her failure to pass both the New York state bar exam and comparable tests in the United Kingdom that would have qualified her to work as a solicitor there, the Daily Mail reported.

Now working as an aviation paralegal, Maria Abramova, 28, has sued the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice for 100,000 pounds, equivalent to about $162,000 in U.S. dollars. The institute, which is part of Oxford Brookes University Department of Law, says it did nothing wrong and contends the lawsuit is baseless.

Abramova says it is "psychologically difficult" for her to take exams after her Oxford experience. Her barrister, Oliver Hyams, argues the law school was "clearly negligent" for failing to provide timely "tuition in examination techniques."

Hat tip: Above the Law.

Updated at 11:53 a.m. to clarify that Abramova is suing her law school.

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