THE School of Law began offering a complete program in 2010 at Samabula Campus, and, due to demand, is now offering Law programs at Saweni campus also.
It aims to take the lead in providing a face-to-face legal education in the Asia Pacific region and the best theoretical and practical knowledge of ‘law in context’.
In the 8th year of its existence the School of Law has graduated and admitted to practice more than 80 members of Fiji’s legal profession who are practising in various spheres of employment, for example in government, private firms, and non-governmental organisations.
Our graduates come out of the university with a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP) and are fully versed with Statutes, Common Law and Rules and Procedures of the Courts with respect to dealing with disputes resolution and litigation in the full range of the different areas of law.
They are qualified to occupy positions in the private sector as in-house counsel for commercial and company law, conveyancing and taxation or in government as lawyers in public law. A number of School of Law graduates — Programs offered:
Bachelor of Law (LLB)
The Bachelor of Laws degree comprises 32 subjects of which there are 30 compulsory subjects and two electives (of choice) which are studied in the third and fourth years.
The university decides every year which elective subjects it will offer in any one year. The Bachelor of Laws degree can be completed in four years by full-time students.
Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP)
The program is designed to prepare law graduates for admission to the Bar as barristers and solicitors of the High Court of Fiji.
The GDLP is a competency skills based course with practical activities/tasks and assessments based on “real life” legal practice scenarios to help law graduates acquire necessary skills in client care, professional practice, conveyancing and advocacy, among others, to work effectively as entry level lawyers.
It is an intensive 18 weeks program designed to develop effective junior practitioners who will be ready to meet the standards expected of them when they enter the profession.
Master of Laws (LLM)
The School of Law encourages high calibre research into important questions of law, legal ideas and law in context in its Master of Laws (LLM) program.
This postgraduate degree can be done through courses or a thesis alongside relevant courses.
The Master’s program is both theoretical and practical and students are encouraged to explore their own topics of interest within the frameworks that are taught in the courses.
A welcome addition to the School of Law in 2016 was the International and Regional Affairs (INR) program formerly offered by the Centre for International and Regional Affairs (CIRA).
The INR’s postgraduate programs are designed to prepare graduates for practical career development in international and regional relations including diplomacy and security operations.
Both the Postgraduate Certificate and the Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations are also structured to assist with professional development of public servants, political analysts, military professionals, journalists, NGOs and others requiring sophisticated analytical skills to interpret and assess the implications of global and regional issues.
This program will assist those hoping to prepare themselves for careers with Government, media, international organisations and NGOs where a thorough grounding in international relations is required.
The programs offered in INR are:
* Postgraduate Certificate in International Relations;
* Postgraduate Certificate in Peace Keeping;
* Postgraduate Diploma in International Relations; and
* Master of International Relations and Diplomacy.
Overall the School of Law is able to provide a legal and international relations education that is intellectually rigorous, stimulating, robust, transferrable and global yet contextual in perspective.