USP Tonga Campus completes second intake for PDLP Programme


Classes commenced for 10 students who are part of the second intake for the Professional Diploma in Legal Practice (PDLP) at The University of the South Pacific (USP) Tonga Campus 2023.

The nine law graduates will be part of an intensive 22-week practical legal training programme for admission as a lawyer.

The Module instructors for the PDLP Programme 2023 are Ms Rose Kautoke and Ms Akanesi E Katoa from the Attorney General’s Office in Tonga, together with USP law lecturers Ms Barbara Malimali, and Ms Anuleshni Neelta.

Speaking at the welcome and orientation were Director PDLP, Mr Sharvada Sharma, and Campus Director Dr Robin Havea.

Dr Havea said, “We are very pleased that the Tonga’s second intake of PDLP happened after the first one we had last year. We are also grateful to the PDLP Coordinator’s office at Laucala and the Tonga Government Attorney General’s Office for their support.”

He also highlighted that the USP Tonga Campus is doing its best to ensure that these 10 students have all the support and assistance they need throughout the entire programme.

Dr Havea added that most of the students in this cohort have just completed their Bachelor of Law degree in the first semester of this year, and the students are very eager to jump straight into the PDLP programme to continue the next phase of their legal career.



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