The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programme, along with Masters of Laws, Masters of Environmental Law, and PhD, are offered by USP’s School of Law. These programmes specifically focus on the legal systems of the South Pacific region, particularly those of USP's 12 Member Countries: the Cook Islands, Fiji Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tokelau, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. Also included in the program is an understanding of the laws of the region's former imperial powers such as Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and France. The School has a strong research profile in a number of areas including environmental law and policy, customary law and land law.
The degree of Bachelor of Laws (LLB) of The University of the South Pacific is accredited by the Fiji Board of Legal Education, which operates under the authority of the Legal Practitioners Decree 2009. The degree is recognized by the Board as satisfying the academic requirements for admission as a legal practitioner in Fiji. The Fiji accreditation is also accepted as a matter of convention in the other jurisdictions of the USP region for the purposes of admission to legal practice in those jurisdictions.
In addition, the LLB courses are also accredited by Law Admissions Consultative Committee of the Law Council of Australia.
The Bachelor of Laws degree is offered as a face-to-face four-year programme at Emalus Campus but is also offered online in distance and flexible learning mode.
Special Admission Requirements:
To be admitted to a Bachelor of Laws a person shall have:
a) passed a Senate-recognized Form 7 or equivalent examination with 60% (or equivalent) in English; or
b) met the mature student admission criteria; or
c) A bachelor’s degree from USP, or a bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification involving at least three years' full-time study from another recognized tertiary institution. (Students admitted under this clause are known as Graduate Entrants).
The Bachelor of Laws consists of 32 courses, of which 8 are at 100-level, 8 are at 200-level and 16 are at 300-level.
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