An elated Ms Luisa Tuilau is pictured here with her mum Ulina (right) and Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, Dean of FALE.
Fifty-one (51) students of The University of the South Pacific (USP), 30 of whom are women were admitted to the Bar as legal practitioners at the High Court in Suva on 16 August 2019.
Justice Kamal Kumar, Acting Chief Justice congratulated the new practitioners on their success. He advised that they will get a lot of respect and must note that the legal profession always requires them to act with integrity and dignity. He welcomed them saying the legal profession, which they are now a part of, is a noble profession.
“As lawyers, you now play a vital role in our legal system and that is not to be taken lightly,” he added.
After the ceremony, Dr Akanisi Kedrayate, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law & Education (FALE) which houses the School of Law said it was indeed a proud moment.
“Our School of Law has thoroughly prepared our law students who have worked so hard to be admitted to the Bar today. It is a proud moment for USP and all of us to witness the students being admitted to the Bar,” she stated.
She noted that due to the increase in the number of Law students applying for PDLP, the SOL is also teaching cohorts in Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Samoa.
“I am thankful to the Law staff, in particular the PDLP team for their hard work and dedication,” she said.
Ms Luisa Tuilau, a Queen’s Young Leaders awardee was also one of those admitted to the Bar.
The Namara, Tailevu lass was one of the 60 young people from across the Commonwealth recently awarded for her exceptional work in the community.
Sharing her excitement, Ms Tuilau said the fact that 30 women were being admitted to the Bar, is a significant sign of the emergence of a new Fiji.
“I am happy about the Admission to the Bar and I also know that there are responsibilities and expectations that come with this noble profession,” she said.
Sharing her experience as a law student, Ms Tuilau said her study was linked to her Youngsolwara Activism because she used what she learnt to contribute to discussions and empower young people.
Education, she said, is a tool to change something in your community and country.
“I think we have forgotten the purpose of education, we should not limit it to a “certificate ceremony” or for a “financial security”- while it includes both of these it should not be limited to these,” she added.
Ms Tuilau acknowledged the Almighty God for carrying her through and her family and friends for the wonderful support throughout her journey.
USP's School of Law was established in 1994 offering programmes specifically focused on the legal systems of the South Pacific region, particularly those of USP's 12 Member Countries: Cook Islands, Fiji Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tokelau, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. Also included in the programme is an understanding of the laws of the region's former imperial powers such as Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and France.
The main branch of the School is located at USP’s Emalus campus in Port Vila, Vanuatu. The School hosts LLB, LLM, MEL and PhD students from all around the region, visiting staff and a regular flow of overseas academics and other visitors. The degrees are also available online.
USP’s Laucala campus in Fiji hosts the post-degree Professional Diplomas in Legal Practice and Legislative Drafting. The Laucala Campus is now offering the first and second-year of the LLB Programme and as well as the third and fourth year core units of the LLB Programme. The School has a strong research profile in a number of areas including environmental law and policy, customary law and land law.
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