Study Law in Fiji

Law in Fiji 2017

About Fiji

About Fiji

Fiji is an island nation situated in Melanesia in the South Pacific Ocean. It sits about 2,000 kilometers to the northeast of New Zealand's North Island. The country consists of over 332 islands, including 110 that are inhabited year-round. It also has 500 islets. The rich forest land and the minerals and fish resources in Fiji make it one of the most developed economies in the Pacific island area.

For those who live near the South Pacific, Fiji is largely a tourist destination. The beautiful tropical islands with their white sand beaches, soft coral diving spots and natural wonders are ideal for the eco-tourist. Because it is halfway between North America and Asia, Fiji is also a popular business destination for those conducting international business.

What Is the Law System in Fiji?

The government of Fiji has an independent judiciary. Three courts, the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, share the task of enforcing the judicial power. The laws and rights offered in Fiji are similar to those found in English common law.

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What Is a Law Degree in Fiji?

To practice law in Fiji, a lawyer must have a Bachelor of Law degree and successfully complete either the Professional Diploma in Legal Practice or the Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at one of the two universities that offer these diplomas, or complete an equivalent law degree from an international university.

Law Higher Education in Fiji

Studying law in Fiji requires a commitment of time and resources, but when that commitment gives you the right to study in a land of beautiful tropical jungles and white sand beaches, the commitment is worthwhile. The Bachelor of Law degree requires four years of study, and the graduate diplomas will vary depending on the program chosen.

Fiji only has two universities that offer the graduate degree programs, the University of the South Pacific in Port Vila, Vanuatu and Fiji National University in Saweni, Lautoka. Both locations cater to the needs of college and university students, offering excellent accommodation options and amenities.

The academic year in Fiji is unique. Depending on the university and program studied, students either take three trimesters, two semesters or five pensters a year. Trimesters are typically from January through May, May through August and September through December. Semesters run from February through June and July through November, with a break in December and January. Penters begin in late January and run through December, with only short breaks between each session.

Like the academic calendar, the cost for tuition in Fiji will vary depending on the university chosen. Students pay per course and may pay more if they are from countries outside of the Pacific Islands Forum. At the University of Fiji, for example, non-citizen students pay double per course than those who live in Fiji or one of the Pacific Islands Forum Countries. In addition, international students may face fees on top of those for the courses to study in Fiji as an international student. The legal studies program is one of the more expensive programs in the Fiji university system.

Upon graduation with a law degree in Fiji, students will be prepared to take the graduate courses and pursue legal careers in Fiji. Also, because Fiji is the largest country in the region, a law degree in this country opens the door to studying in other countries in the Pacific Islands.

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Facts about Fiji

Capital: Suva
Official Languages: English, Fijan and Fijan Hindi
Government: Parliamentary republic run by military-appointed government
Population: 858,038
Gross Domestic Product: $4.250 billion
Currency: Fijan dollar (FJD)
Time zone: (UTC+12)