Do Law teachers have to be so strict in order to be just?

Today was an exam day: exam on Law. I entered the Economics faculty building, Law department on the groud floor. It was a long and narrow corridor. Students were standing leaning on the wall with smartphones in their hands. I recognized my dorm neighbour and said “Hey man!”. He greeted me back. When I found the door I needed, I took a seat on a bench against the wall, just next to the door. There were 30 minutes left until the start of the exam. I fished out my tablet out of my bag, put headphones into my ears in order not to hear anything and to be able to concentrate, and started reviewing everything I learnt about Law.
I’ve seen three Law teachers in my life: one in primary school, one in high school, and one at this University. All of them were women. And all of them were unbelievably strict.
After 30 minutes, the teacher comes out of her office with a list of students in her left hand and says loudly:
“To the attention of all students taking exam on Fundamentals of Juridical Sciences (that’s the formal name of the subject)! Noone failed the written part of the exam. Now we are starting the oral part. I will call you by name in alphabetical order. Moutaz is the first one”.
“Excuse me, can I go first? I have to go. I am late for an appointment, ” I said as I stood up off the bench.
“I also have to go,” the teacher said rather harshly frowning.
She slams the door in my face. I sit down and scold myself: “Why the heck did I request her to go first? Man, I will definitely fail this subject”. I can’t afford a “fail”. I can’t afford a “good” or even a “very good”. I need “Excellent”. I want to apply to Cambridge next year.
My turn comes. I open the door and see her sitting at her desk. I take a seat in front of her.
“You got a ‘very good’ grade from written exam,” she said.
“Alright… ehh…,” I was thinking whether I should ask her to let me take the exam next week again.
“Tell me about Legal Systems in Czech Republic,” she said abruptly.
“Legal Systems… ehh…”. It felt like time stopped for several seconds. I could not think. And then I remembered, “Czech Republic has a continental law. A law-making body is the Parlament, which consists of Chamber of Deputies and Senates. The Chamber of Senate has 30 days to review the act taken from the Lower Chamber of Deputies”. I kept talking for roughly 2 minutes. When I finished, she looked at me, smiled, and said, “It’s perfect” and wrote “Excellent” in front of my name in her list of students. I said “Thank you!” and went out.
I was so happy that I could not help singing a song until I reached the bus stop.

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