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The Faculty of LAW

Message of Dean of Law Professor Dr. Abdullah Al Faruque:
Institutions for imparting legal education in Bangladesh. The main aspect of legal education of the Faculty is its' emphasis on learning both theoretical knowledge in law and practical skills needed for legal profession. Over the years, the syllabus and curriculum of the Faculty has been revised substantially to cover most emerging aspects of laws and legal education and to make legal education more socially relevant. The Faculty's supportive learning environment brings together an extended community of students, faculty, staff members and alumni. Currently the Faculty has approximately six hundred students. Our alumni are well placed and are well established in legal profession in both home and abroad. Our students always excel in Bar Council and judicial service examinations.
The Faculty of Law of the University of Chittagong was established along with other Faculties in 1966. It was established as a non teaching Faculty, meaning that there was no teaching Department under it. Legal education was not imparted in the University campus. Faculty's main function was to exercise administrative and academic control over all the law colleges of Chittagong Division which were then affiliated with Chittagong University. The Faculty of Law witnessed its rebirth when a teaching Department, namely Department of Law, was opened in October, 1992. Dr. Shah Alam, Associate Professor of the Department of Law, University of Rajshahi, joined the Chittagong University Department of Law as an Associate Professor, became its founding Chairman and also the Dean of the reorganized Faculty of Law. The Faculty of Law is still in the old administrative building and will be moved soon to A.K. KHAN Ain Bhaban, which is currently under-construction. The proposed A.K. Khan Ain Bhaban is being constructed with generous support from the A.K. Khan Foundation.

In common Law countries, in most cases, because law as a discipline has its own distinctive features, need separate treatment. It is taught in separate schools or faculties which have grown as distinct institutions within the broader framework of the University in some cases diversification or bifurcation into more than one Department, under the Faculty of Law has taken place, but in most cases, has not. In Bangladesh there has been some talk of dividing the existing Department of Law into Civil Law, Criminal Law or International Comparative Law. Some would even like to see Constitutional Law as farming a separate Department. The idea is to have several Departments under the Faculty of Law. Some initiatives have also been taken in the direction, but all are in very rudimentary phases.

Chittagong University Faculty of Law and Department of Law are comparatively young. Teachers now numbering 18 are young as well, but they are academically very sound and dedicated to their profession-teaching and research. Students' strength is about 600. The Faculty offers four-year LL.B. (Hon's) and one year LL.M. courses. Syllabuses are endorsed by the Bar Council of Bangladesh, for otherwise our students would not be allowed to sit for Bar Council examination which the law graduates are required to pass to qualify to become lawyers. So far fifteen batches have graduated from the Faculty. Their records in professional life appear to be excellent. Graduates' performance in the Bar Council examination has been highly commended by the Bar authorities. Graduates have also successfully entered other professions. A significant number of graduates have entered judicial service after successfully qualifying in the competitive examination under the Judicial Service Commission. One advantage of legal education is that law degree offers multiple prospects. This is naturally reflected in large number of application received every year for admission to First Year Honours Course Ratio often crosses 100:1.

Chittagong University Faculty of Law offers some unique opportunities which in many respects are lacking in other universities. Its curriculum has new additions, teaching methodology is more practice oriented and clinical in nature, and two full compulsory papers on English language are taught. Recently the curriculum has further been revised, expended and updated to add more subjects and courses-both specialized and allied. As part of our efforts to make the curriculum inter-disciplinary as far as possible, one notable inclusion in it, besides others, is fundamentals of Economics. Introduction of the thesis group for the top students and compulsory submission of individual field study report by the students of LL.M. are some other Innovations of the new curriculum.

It is hoped that the Department of Law will continue to contribute towards the advancement of legal education and present the nations new generation of professionals in the judiciary as well as in the other sectors of national life.
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