Njala University to introduce Law Department

By Aruna Kamara
The Vice Chancellor and Principal of Njala University, Professor, Ernest Tom Ndohamina has said that every institution has the right to introduce courses that are relevant as long as it is in line with international standards.
He made this statement at a one day Law Curriculum Consultative workshop held at one of the proposed lecture rooms for the law students at the Institute of Social Sciences, Administration and Management (ISSAM) on Bo Campus, Njala University last week Friday. It attracted high profiled dignitaries including lawyers and magistrates
Professor Ndohamina said ‘’ there is a need for ground breaking research into cultural issues and the law department will also work in that direction’’, adding that ‘’ the legal system must be accessible so that citizens will know their rights under the law.’’
He pointed out that establishing a Law Department is a step in the right direction and that nobody has the right to stop the project as there is a political will to see the success of this project, adding that the Medical School will come later.

Law curriculum development consultative workshop

The Registrar of Njala University, Aly Turay said that ‘’ the Law Curriculum development consultative workshop is an epoch making history of the university as they have been yearning for the introduction of the law department.
He said that the High Court Judge, Dr. Binneh Kamara has been very helpful to seeing that the project becomes a reality.
In his statement, Dr. Binneh Kamara said that seven years ago, it was discussed to introduce the law program and he has made meaningful input to the development of the curriculum.
He however stressed on maintaining standards and suggested that it should be a three year course and entering requirement should be graduates.
Dr. Kamara noted that it will be good to have students from diverse academic background to enter the program as this is the trend in England.
He said that there should be good calibre of lecturers and that they should be motivated, adding that’’ there should be a library stocked with modern books and resources will be there for effective functioning of the law department.
The Secretary of the Tertiary Education Commission, Professor John Koroma said that the introduction of law is relevant, adding that this is part of the decentralization process.
He said that effort must be made to make some amount of changes, and advised that a feasibility study should be done.
Professor Koroma said that traditional institutions have been abandoned; noting that it is good for customary law to be is part of the curriculum.
The Director of Institute of Social Sciences, Administration and Management (ISSAM), Turad Senesie said ‘’ when Professor Ndohamina took off as Vice Chancellor, he promised to establish a law department and we have been working ad a team to have it established as there have been a pressure from the public.’’
According to Mr. Senesie, ‘’legal issues are often and again just around us and do impact extensively on the lives of all citizens.’’
He said that the curriculum will enrich the students broad understanding on legal issues and its applicability to the Sierra Leone Society and that the there will be equal opportunity to Sierra Leoneans and foreigners with interest in legal profession.
Mr. Senesie said that it is expected that the graduates from the law department will understand the structure and function of the court system and utilize a variety of argumentative skills and technique.
He said that they will provide a conducive learning environment and that they will be establishing partnership with national and International agencies to achieve their goals

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