Bachelor of Laws (LLB)

The Bachelor of Laws degree programme began in February 2008 and is now available at the Saweni campus and in Suva Campus (next to DAV’s Girls College, Samabula).

The Law Advisory Committee comprising of prominent legal practitioners in Fiji and other legal professionals chaired by the Honorary Dean of School Justice Devendra Pathik, finalized the Bachelor of Laws degree programme and the curriculum components at a seminar attended by Professor Murray Raff, the Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Canberra, who gave valuable advice.

The vision of the School of Law is to develop it into one of the leading and most prestigious law schools in the Asia Pacific region with a diverse range of strengths providing high quality, relevant, socially responsible legal education that is affordable by the community.

The law degree programme, among other things is contemporary and at the same time futuristic, rooted in Fiji but widely exposed to regional and international developments, and taking full account of increasing globalization. It also pioneers a distinctive critical approach to the study of the law, with teaching and research receiving high ratings. Besides promoting and upholding the rule of law, the degree programme endorses accountability, trust and ethics along with moral values in professional legal practice.

The LLB degree programme is designed to provide a theoretical as well as practical education in the disciplines of the law which ensures that graduates are equipped with the right skills, knowledge and understanding upon completion of the programme. To attain this, students are encouraged to acquire an understanding of the legal principles and underlying concepts of the law. Furthermore, students are encouraged to develop a sound research ability both in print and electronic form; read leading cases and learn how to dissect a case and extract the decisions whereof; to learn how to interpret statutory provisions; to develop the ability to apply legal rules, to learn how to express themselves concisely and accurately – both orally and in writing and take on a critical attitude towards the law.

Year 1 Semester 1

LAW100 Sociology of Law
LAW101 Introduction to Law
LAW102 Legal Methods & Research
LLC101 English for Academic Purposes

Year 2 Semester 1

LAW201 Law of Torts II
LAW203 Law of Contract I
LAW207 Criminal Law and Procedure
LAW208 Property Law I

Year 3 Semester 1

LAW303 Corporations, Insolvency and Liquidation Law
LAW307 Jurisprudence
LAW316 Principles of Equity, Trust and Succession
LAW317 Administrative Law

Year 1 Semester 2

LAW103 Introduction to Criminal Law
LAW104 Law of Torts I
ITC101 Computer Platforms
ITK111/HIC111 Spoken Fijian (Itaukei Language) for Beginners/ Spoken Hindi for Beginners

Year 2 Semester 2

LAW204 Law of Contract II
LAW205 Constitutional Law
LAW209 Property Law II
LAW210 Law of Evidence

Year 3 Semester 2

LAW304 Customary Law
LAW306 Competition & Consumer Law
LAW308 Advocacy, Negotiation and Drafting Skills

Year 3: Students must complete 7 compulsory courses plus 1 elective from the following:

Year 3 Electives

LAW318 Commercial Law
LAW319 Corporate Securities Law
LAW320 Banking and Finance Law
LAW321 Law and Economics
LAW322 Dispute Resolutions & ADR
LAW323 Medical Law and Ethics

Year 4: Students must complete 7 compulsory courses and 1 elective from the following:

Year 4 Electives

LAW300 Law Project
LAW313 Environmental Law
LAW314 International Trade Law
LAW325 Corruption Law
LAW326 Law of The Sea

Year 4 Compulsory courses (Semester offered – TBA)

LAW301 Intellectual Property Law
LAW302 Employment Law
LAW305 Public International Law (Conventions & Treaties/Protocols) and Human Rights Law
LAW309 Family Law
LAW310 Revenue & Taxation Law
LAW312 Legal Ethics, Government and Public Accountability
LAW315 Civil Procedure is being taught this semester
LAW324 Legal Drafting