The law programme at USP provides a unique environment for legal education. The focus of the programme is on law in the South Pacific region. It draws most of its students from the countries in that region. In both respects diversity is the keyword. If this diversity lends a certain uniqueness to the programme, which of course it has done, it also produces a number of continuing challenges. The School of Law is fully aware of those challenges, mindful of the fact that they will also become strengths if approached in the right way.

The Law School has a commitment to the teaching of law and the undertaking of research with South Pacific focus. Bearing in mind the large number of jurisdictions covered (roughly the twelve jurisdictions covered by USP itself – but there are more) it is inevitable that teaching and research has a comparative base.

Since its establishment in 1994 the programme has focused on the teaching of law to internal full time students. Those students undertake the first year of studies towards the LLB at either the Laucala Campus of USP in Suva, Fiji or at Emalus Campus, Port Vila, Vanuatu. They then proceed to the Emalus Campus in Port Vila to complete years II, III and IV. However, the Law School has begun to offer the LLB programme by extension studies, a factor which will provide a greater degree of flexibility to students in the region to gain access to professional legal education.

USP School of Law is committed to the achievement of excellence in the delivery of legal education. It is committed to a student-centred learning approach to teaching which is delivered by appropriately qualified and experienced staff with a range of research interests appropriate to the region.

Each year the School attracts a number of distinguished visitors who contribute in a variety of ways to the  teaching of the LLB programme or  undertake research projects within the School. (For information about the Distinguished Visitors Scheme). The School’s staff also contribute in significant ways to the legal communities and legal resource development of the region. The School is affiliated with the Institute of Justice and Applied Legal Studies which is responsible for professional and vocational training in the region.

Clearly legal education has established itself world-wide as a means to employment, not only in the legal profession, but in commerce, industry, management and the public service. In other words legal education has become much more a general education rather than something which is geared towards the production of legal profession. The School of Law will produce graduates who are appropriately prepared for a wide range of employment and service opportunities within the region. It will continue, in areas of teaching, research and community service, to make an outstanding contribution to meeting the needs and demands of South Pacific communities.


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