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31 Law Graduates enrol for Semester 2 Professional Diploma in Legal Practice Programme

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PDLP Orientation

The Law School at Laucala became the first school at USP to begin face to face teaching for Semester 2 following lockdown in March this year due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

31students began a 22-week intensive programme of clinical legal education on 14 July that will prepare them to practice as lawyers in Fiji and other Pacific Island jurisdictions. The last few semesters have seen a marked increase in women entering the legal profession. This semester is no exception. Out of 31students this semester, 23 are women.

During this five and half months of training, the students undertake 8 modules of practical legal courses.   This will equip them to become public prosecutors, defence lawyers and civil litigators.  In addition, they learn how to handle matters relating to estates (wills, probates, letters of administration), business law (partnership agreements, setting up of companies, preparations of contracts, commercial transactions), family law and human rights. 

Included in the programme is a 4-week attachment with either government, private law firms, statutory bodies or international/regional organisations or private/commercial entities that have legal departments to give the students hands-on experience of working in the legal fraternity. 

The PDLP programme provides practical training to the law student on how to conduct client interviews, mediation, and how to conduct oneself in court.  These are essential preparation to becoming a lawyer.  

Acting Head of School of Law, Mr Nainendra Nand, extended a warm welcome to all the students on behalf of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Education, Dr Akanisi Kedrayate at the orientation on 14 July.  He congratulated the students for their years of sacrifice, perseverance and hard work in completing their law degree. 

Mr Nand said the PDLP programme is very demanding, challenging and intensive which entails long hours of dedicated studies.  These long hours will also be good training for life as a lawyer. 

USP's School of Law was established in 1994 offering programmes specifically focused on the legal systems of the South Pacific region, particularly that of USP's 12 member countries.

The Law School is located at USP’s Emalus Campus in Port Vila where the undergraduate programme is taught face to face over 4 years.  Most of the undergraduate courses are also taught face to face in Laucala.  The entire degree programme is also offered online throughout the region. 

PDLP is taught face to face in Suva and in blended form in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Samoa.

The School also offers Postgraduate Diploma in Legislative Drafting (PDLD), LLM and MEL programmes

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