APIIT Law School was established in 2009 in collaboration with Staffordshire University Law School UK to offer an internal British LLB(Hons) law degree. With the first intake of students set to graduate in 2012, APIIT Law School is now a vibrant, fully-fledged Law School providing students with high quality teaching resources and facilities and enviable learning experiences.
The LLB (Hons) Degree
The Staffordshire University LLB (Hons) Law degree at APIIT Law School is a three year degree programme. In the first two years of the degree programme, students study the core Law modules required for the award of the British LLB (Hons) Law degree.
As APIIT Law students complete the same modules in the first two years of the Law degree as their counterparts at Staffordshire University, they can choose either to complete their whole degree at APIIT Law School or transfer to Staffordshire University at the end of Level 1 or 2.
Students completing their LLB (Hons) Law degree at APIIT Law School have the unique advantage of studying Sri Lankan Law in at Level 3. Sri Lankan Company Law and Sri Lankan Labour Law are fully accredited by Staffordshire University towards the LLB (Hons) degree as optional modules of study for APIIT Law students. An optional ‘bridging programme’ at the end of the degree programme will also prepare students for the Sri Lanka Law College examinations, further orienting them for legal practice in Sri Lanka.
Those students completing the degree programme in Sri Lanka who also wish to experience a taste of university life in the UK can do so by taking part in a European Union Law Summer School programme at Staffordshire University Law School. The Summer School programme incorporates a range of extension activities such as visits to courts and the UK Parliament, offering students an invaluable opportunity to broaden their learning horizons.
The Quality Assurance Benefits of an Internal Law Degree
Staffordshire University has more than 40 years of experience in legal education and is recognised as one of the best Law Schools in the UK. Staffordshire University Law School was recently awarded top marks by the Quality Assurance Agency and the Solicitors Regulation Authority in the UK as one of the best providers of Legal Education for undergraduate, postgraduate and professional awards.
As APIIT Law students are enrolled with Staffordshire University Law School and study the same programme as their UK counterparts, they benefit from the same quality assurance standards. The quality assurance of an internal Law degree takes place over the full duration of the course, encompassing all aspects such as adequacy of learning resources, competence of lecturers, quality of teaching, level of student support and effectiveness of assessment strategies. Staffordshire University Law School’s International Programme Adviser visits regularly to monitor quality standards.
The Academic Staff
APIIT Law School’s highly qualified academic staff have a diversity of international and Sri Lankan qualifications and experience, at undergraduate and postgraduate level. All full-time and part-time academic staff also hold professional qualifications from Sri Lanka, the UK or Australia, with experience in the profession or industry. All are approved by Staffordshire University Law School to teach in the LLB (Hons) programme.
In addition to its fulltime staff, APIIT Law School also engages part time and visiting lecturers. The panel’s teaching is complemented by guest lectures by eminent practitioners and leading Sri Lankan academics on areas of their expertise.
Teaching and Learning
Throughout their studies, APIIT Law students can expect a high level of support and attention from the committed academic staff.
Teaching and learning at APIIT Law School takes place through interactive lectures, small-group tutorial classes and workshops. Although the lectures cover course content comprehensively, special emphasis is given to small-group tutorials where students actively participate in the learning process.
A special feature of the internal Law Degree is the skills training programme which takes place throughout Level 1 of the Law degree programme. Skills training is conducted in workshop mode, with workshop activities focused on the development of transferable skills such as problem solving, presentation skills, legal writing and research which are essential for both the study of law and legal practice.
Extracurricular Learning Experiences
In addition to guest lectures from eminent persons, APIIT Law School offers a range of extracurricular activities to enhance students’ learning experience: An annual mock trial competition, mooting workshops and competitions and debating competitions.
APIIT Law students also have the opportunity to visit Parliament and the observe cases before the courts, as guided learning activities.
Modern Law School Facilities
APIIT Law School is a purpose-built Law School with impressive infrastructure, including a modern law library, moot court, specially designed lecture theatres, small-group tutorial rooms and IT laboratories.
With a well-stocked library and access to the online databases and libraries available to students at Staffordshire University, students are supported with all the academic resources necessary for Law study and research.
The Moot Court is a special feature of APIIT Law School, providing students with exposure to a realistic court environment. Student presentations, mock trials and mooting workshops and competitions are all held in the Moot Court.
A Rich Learning Experience in a Real University Environment
APIIT Law School does not simply offer a quality British Law degree. Students benefit from a rich learning experience in a real university environment in which students are supported in their professional and personal development. With the focus on skills development as well as academic achievement, APIIT Law School students will be prepared for whatever legal career path they may choose.
APIIT Law School’s achievements and high standards are its pride and nothing more is needed to guarantee that students do get a lot more than they invest and that when they leave the institution with a wealth of knowledge, skills and experiences. Surely, it’s more than a degree that you will receive at APIIT Law School in keeping with the demands of modern legal professionals. Students wishing to experience the APIIT Advantage and enroll for the next intake scheduled to commence in January 2012, are advised to contact Senani on 011 7675105 or email@example.com, or visit our state- of- the- art APIIT Law School at Union Place, Colombo 2 for assistance.