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UTech wants alternative to Norman Manley Law School

Published:Monday | March 30, 2015 | 3:00 AM

SEVEN YEARS after the establishment of its own Faculty of Law, the University of Technology (UTech) is still crying foul, as its graduates continue to find it increasingly difficult to matriculate to the Norman Manley Law School.

To solve this problem, dean of the Faculty of Law at UTech, Alfred McPherson, is suggesting that another law school be set up as an alternative to the Norman Manley Law School.

"The Council of Legal Education would have to sanction the establishment of another law school. UTech couldn't take it upon itself to start a law school, but we would be integral to the process because our students are disadvantaged in getting professional certification, and so we would want an alternative to the Norman Manley Law School," he said.

long-term solution

McPherson argued that the establishment of another law school in Jamaica is a long-term solution to the increasing number of students seeking a space at the Norman Manley Law School and suggested that a short-term solution is needed.

"The long-term solution is to build another law school, but in the short term, the automatic admission of UWI students to the law schools should be discontinued and all students from all law faculties, including those from UWI (University of the West Indies), should be made to do an entrance exam," he added.

The Treaty of Chaguaramas, which established the Norman Manley Law School, provides for automatic admission of students graduating from the law faculty at the University of the West Indies (UWI).

He went on to explain that efforts to have automatic admission for a number of UTech students to the Norman Manley Law School have proven futile.

"My students are having a severe challenge. We have had discussions at various levels to attempt to broker an arrangement to have a certain number of UTech students also have automatic admission to the Norman Manley Law School, but we have not gained any traction whatsoever with that," he said.

andre.poyser@gleanerjm.com