THE FACULTY OF LAW
Student Life
DEAN’S MESSAGE

Welcome to the Faculty of Law! If you are starting the LL.B. programme at the Cave Hill, St. Augustine or Mona Campus you are joining the region’s premier Faculty of Law, one with a rich history and strong tradition of academic excellence.  Our graduates are placed at the highest echelons of the fields of law and politics in the Caribbean, and our Faculty members include the region’s most eminent scholars.  If you are a returning second or final year student, we warmly welcome you back and encourage you to continue to strive for excellence in your studies and other activities.

The Faculty of Law is at an exciting moment in its history.  Soon all three years of the LL.B. programme will be offered by Cave Hill, Mona and St. Augustine.  As our teaching staff increases to meet the needs of three campuses, both the Faculty and its students stand to benefit from the broader pool of legal scholars, increasing inter-Campus partnerships, and the tremendous potential of the University’s combined intellectual resources.  We are also in the process of rolling out a part time LL.B. degree, which will enable a wider cross section of students from the Caribbean and elsewhere to study law.  The Faculty is intent upon strengthening and building upon its graduate programmes and its academic quality assurance and service quality processes. 

You are also studying law at a time of increasing competitiveness and the Faculty is keen to help you acquire the skills and knowledge that will make you the most sought after graduates in the Caribbean.  We continue to offer a strong traditional first and second year programme, and have developed a wider variety of third year courses which will help prepare you for a 21st Century law career, or other career of your choosing.  In addition, the Faculty remains committed to encouraging creative and critical thinking, effective oral and written communication skills, and strong ethical values.

The Faculty of Law encourages you to become fully involved in all of its activities.  In addition to classes, workshops and tutorials, you are urged to attend the special lectures and seminars by regional and international experts that may be offered in the Faculty.  You are also encouraged to participate in student activities, including social activities, sports and student and University governance. 

 Again, I warmly welcome you to the Faculty of Law. I hope that your experiences at Cave Hill or elsewhere in the University will enrich you and provide a strong foundation for future excellence. 

 Dr David S Berry


LAW SOCIETY PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Dear Law Family,

Firstly, let me say welcome back to Cave Hill. I trust that your vacation was truly relaxing and well spent.

I also trust that the last semester went well for all of you. In the event that last semester was not what you expected or didn't go the way you may have planned, it is my hope that you would not give up but will continue to persevere. Remember the race is not for the swift but he who endures therefore press on comrades.

Let me say on behalf of the Law Society Executive 2012-13 that we sincerely appreciate your support throughout Semester One. I assure you that Semester Two will be like no other! Law Week 2013 is quickly approaching! Yes, Law Week 2013 is coming! Law Week stems from 24th February- March 2nd, 2013.

The theme for Law Week 2013 is "Nulli Secundus". This is latin for the phrase "Second to None!" I believe that this theme is most fitting, and indeed most appropriate for such an occasion. We are a Faculty second to none! No other Faculty does it like the Law Faculty. Law Week in the past has won the Guild of Student's BEST WEEK title for many consecutive years and this year will be no different.
I urge you keep up to date with the notices concerning LAW WEEK 2013, study the survival guide when you receive it, get ready to display your HOUSE spirit and get ready to participate in the BEST week on the Cave Hill Campus.

We will need your support! The Law Society Executive is ready, are you ready? Law Week 2013 will indeed be an experience second to none!

Sincerely,
Azard Gumbs.
President, Law Society
Law Representative, Guild of Students

STUDENT GOVERNMENT

Throughout the academic year the Faculty promotes many extra curricular activities and hosts several societies. The Law Society is the official student organization of the Faculty of Law. Law Week is organized by the Law Society which showcases the talents of both students and lecturers. The week culminates with the Law Society's gala event, the Regal Legal Ball; a formal dinner and dance attended by members of the faculty as well as members of the legal profession.

MOOTING

Mooting is also an important activity in the Faculty. Each year teams are selected to represent the Caribbean at the Inter American Human Rights Moot Court Competition and the Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. These prestigious competitions are internationally recognized and thus far students of the Faculty have excelled in both. Students are also prepared for the Caribbean Court of Justice International Mooting Competition which began in 2009. The Law Society also hosts its own mooting competition during Law Week based on topical issues of law and is adjudicated by distinguished West Indian judges.

SPORTS AND CULTURE

Students with journalistic abilities will enjoy writing in the Plaintiff, our very own Faculty publication which gives students an opportunity to air their views and write freely about topics of interest.

Avid male and female footballers will also have a chance to show off their skills in this faculty. During the first semester, there is a men and women's inter faculty football tournament and during the second semester the CARICOM Football Tournament is held, where the teams represent their respective countries and compete over a two month period.

The vision of the Faculty of Law is to produce well balanced professionals therefore we offer a wide range of events from social gatherings to sporting activities. Come be a part of this dynamic and exciting experience!
Faculty of Law
Tel.: (246) 417-4224    Fax: (246) 424-1788   Email: lawdean@cavehill.uwi.edu