The feasibility study for Guyana’s first law school is currently nearing completion, and will allow for work to commence on the law school in early 2023.
Guyana has been trying to establish a law school for a number of years.
Guyanese have struggled with the financial burden of the multi-million dollar fees for the two-year law programme coupled with the added costs of living in a foreign country throughout the programme.
Law schools in the Caribbean are the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad, Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica and Eugene Dupuch Law School in The Bahamas.
Minister of Legal Affairs Anil Nandlall says the cabinet is currently conducting the feasibility study to establish the school in Guyana.
“We’ve gotten the greenlight from the Council of Legal Education to begin the preparatory work. A feasibility study is being worked on. It will be completed early next year and a report would be submitted to the Council of Legal Education,”
The Council for Legal Education, which administers legal professional education in the Caribbean under the Caricom Treaty, agreed to accept Guyana’s proposal to set up a law school.
Minister Nandlall says the establishment of this school will service the backlog of persons across the Caribbean unable to further their law studies due to overcrowding at regional schools.
“It’s not going to be a Guyana law school. It will be a regional institution within the framework of the Council of Legal Education legislation that is in all the territories.
“It’s going to be like the Hugh Wooding Law School, like the Normal Manley Law School and it will be zoned to accommodate, of course, Guyanese students but more importantly, students from across the Caribbean. It will be a West Indian regional educational institution. Work will begin earnestly on that in the year 2023.”
This is part of the Government’s wider agenda to give the nation a cutting-edge legal system to support its development.