Launch of Long-awaited Law Program at USM.

Individuals interested in serving the country as a lawyer, or in another capacity within the legal field, can attend the launch of the St. Maarten Law program on September 7, 2017 at the University of St. Martin, in room 202 at 5:30pm.

A collaboration between the University of Curaçao, the University of St. Martin (UoC@USM), and the St. Maarten Law School Foundation, this program is the brainchild of the Honorable Minister of Finance, Mr. Richard Gibson, in close collaboration with the Honorable Minister of Education, Ms. Silveria Jacobs.

PHILIPSBURG:—It is the culmination of the work done by the Law Committee decreed by Minister Gibson. The members of the Law Committee, the acting Governor, Reynold Groeneveldt; Vice-President of the Council of Advice, Mrs. Mavis Brooks-Salmon; Ombudsman, Dr. Nilda Lynch-Arduin; and the prominent lawyers, Mr. Gaston Bell and Ms. Patricia Phillips, liaised with the University of St. Martin, the University of Curaçao, and various other stakeholders, to concretize the wishes of the Minister of Finance.

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Upon recommendation, Dr. Rhoda Arrindell, tasked as coordinator, will head the start-up process on behalf of the Government of St. Maarten, and will run a Pre-Law program that allows high school graduates with a CXC, O level or HAVO diploma to receive a propaedeutic certificate in order to transition into the academic law program. The Pre-Law, which consists of a year and a half long study, is, of course, open to all who do not automatically qualify.

A Colloquium doctum is a specialized admission exam for persons at least 23 years old who do not have the prerequisites to immediately enroll in the UoC@USM Law program but are interested in pursuing the accredited Bachelor and Master degree (Ba/Ma) in Dutch Antillean Law, a program to be coordinated by Dr. Arrindell. “I know from first-hand experience the value of being able to study at home, and especially studies in law. To say that we need our own home-bred lawyers is an understatement. Thanks to the initiative by the Minister of Finance, and the cooperation of all involved, it is now a reality for St. Martin,” she remarked.

“The opportunity to realize this goal for higher education, whereby the Law degree course can be followed on St. Maarten, is a sign of growth and will have tangible benefits for St. Maarten and its people. It will be a dream come true for many here on the island,” the Honorable Minister Silveria Jacobs said.

On September 7, 2017, detailed information will be provided at USM from the President of the University of Curaçao, Dr. Francis Delannoy; the Dean of the School of Law, Dr. Flora Goudappel; the President of the Board of the University of St. Maarten Foundation, Mrs. Valerie Giterson-Pantophlet; and the Honorable Minsters, Mr. Richard Gibson and Ms. Silveria Jacobs.

Persons interested in signing up are urged to contact the USM’s student service center officer, Ms. Patricia Jansen: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Source: St. Martin News Network
Launch of Long-awaited Law Program at USM.

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