The Faculty of Law was established at the University of the West Indies in 1970 with headquarters at the Cave Hill Campus. Its primary objective is to provide for an academic qualification which is a compulsory prerequisite to professional legal training for lawyers in the Commonwealth Caribbean. However, the traditional basic legal skills of concise and pertinent oral argument, systematic and relevant presentation of essential issues, clarity and precision of written opinions and detached and balanced judgment are also useful and reliable skills for other professions such as the Civil and Police Service, Accountancy, Banking and Commerce.
The Faculty of Law offers both an undergraduate and postgraduate programme. The undergraduate programme is divided into 3 parts - Part I - III are offered at the Cave Hill and Mona Campuses and also at the College of the Bahamas. Commencing 2010/2011 the three-part programme also commenced at the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies. Part I is offered at the Turkeyen Campus of the University of Guyana.
Graduate studies in the Faculty lead to the Graduate Diploma, the LL.M., M.Phil and Ph.D. The LL.M. is awarded on the basis of coursework and an optional research paper. It is offered in the areas of Corporate and Commercial Law; Legislative Drafting; and Public Law. The Legislative Drafting option is open only to members of the legal profession who are specifically nominated by their Governments.
The M.Phil and Ph.D
by research are available to suitably qualified candidates.
The faculty is well equipped to provide legal education with modern day technologies accompanying well qualified expert staff, with both academic and practical expertise. The faculty staff integrate with the wider legal community on matters ranging from legal advice to statutory analysis. Please see the staff profiles
to get more information on our faculty members.