Studying law presents many challenges, from understanding new concepts and new teaching and learning methods, to new ways of writing and communicating.
With its focus on development of transferable skills as well as academic achievement, APIIT Law School has always recognised these challenges. First year students studying for the LLB (Hons) Law degree from Staffordshire University, UK, take the compulsory module "Professional and Scholarly Practice and Career Development" which develops students' skills for success in their law studies and future employment. For example, problem solving and presentation skills covered in this module are essential for both assessments in law and in legal practice.
Law students who joined APIIT Law School in the September 2011 intake now receive the added advantage of training towards the award of the International Legal English Certificate (ILEC) from the University of Cambridge, UK, for no extra fee. APIIT will also sponsor students to sit the examinations for the ILEC on completion of training.
ILEC is a Cambridge ESOL examination developed in cooperation with TransLegal, Europe's leading firm of lawyer-linguists. It is a high level language qualification suitable for law students and practising lawyers for communication in an international legal environment. Assessment covers reading, writing, listening and speaking in legal contexts.
Experienced trainers from Skills for Life will undertake 3 hours per week training at APIIT Law School premises during the first year of the Law degree programme. A total of 54 hours of training will be provided before students sit the examinations for the ILEC.
Skills for Life is an organisation providing well researched, widely accepted curricula in key skills areas which are training priorities. All curricula, including the curriculum for the ILEC, are supported by state-of-the-art course materials. As stated by Dr. Harsha Alles, Director, Skills for Life (Pvt) Ltd: "ILEC is a professional English qualification developed by Cambridge ESOL and as their Authorised Centre in Sri Lanka we are keen on promoting this qualification. We believe that our partnership with the APIIT Law School is the ideal launching pad for this product. ILEC would not only assist law students as they embark on their careers but it will also be a benchmark for organizations recruiting legal professionals."
Susan Green, Programme Leader - Law at APIIT Law School, believes that "training for the ILEC in the first year of the Law degree programme will not only assist students immensely in their comprehension of legal texts, legal writing and confidence in oral communication; as an internationally recognised qualification, the ILEC will also be regarded favourably by future employers and augment APIIT Law School's existing skills development programme."