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LLM in Professional Practice for Practicing Lawyers


An Information Seminar on LLM in Professional Practice was held at the Taj Samudra Hotel on 26th February 2015.  The seminar had been organized by the BCAS Campus in association with their UK collaborative partners – the University of Wolverhampton.


The Chairman of BCAS Campus during his speech inaugurating the seminar traced the decade-old history of the relationship between the two institutions and recalled the effective partnership in delivering the university’s selected bachelors and masters programmes in Sri Lanka.  He also briefed about how BCAS Campus has managed to expand its network of Campuses in Sri Lanka and overseas and its future expansion plans.


Dr Barry the Head of BCAS Law School briefly outlined the importance and relevance of obtaining an LLM in Professional Practice from the University of Wolverhampton.

A good number of lawyers practicing in the courts of law in Sri Lanka as well as legal advisors attached to various private organizations attended the seminar.  Ms Loraine Houlton, Director of International Development, School of Law, Social Science and Communications, University of Wolverhampton conducted the seminar.  She explained of the aptness and uniqueness of her university’s LLM in Professional Practice to be launched by the BCAS Campus in Colombo because unlike other LLMs offered in Sri Lanka, which are mainly focused on academic contents, this LLM is practice-oriented also it provides with the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge of an area of chosen legal interest. It will encourage the practicing lawyers to challenge current intellectual thinking whilst developing an advanced knowledge and ability to analyze the selected specialist area of law directly. The topic of legal research may be one arising from the academic interest or a legal issue pertinent to the current expertise in legal practice.

This Masters course is underpinned in many areas by internationally recognized research in addition to emerging research and advanced scholarship. It will challenge your thinking and stimulate your academic aspirations in the further specialist study of law. The Masters in Law degree is awarded after the successful completion of the Research Methods module with a dissertation.  And you will be supported by a supervisor and personal tutor during your studies on the course.

In that aspect, she asserted, that it is the first ever LLM tailor-made for practicing lawyers.

During the informal session at the end of the seminar she answered questions posed by the participants. Highly convinced of the Master’s practicability, many of the participants expressed serious interest.


Ms Kumudu Hapuarachchi, Senior Lecturer of the Law School of BCAS Campus proposed the vote of thanks.