PHILIPSBURG–Five new students have registered to take the law programme being offered at University of St. Martin (USM) in collaboration with University of Curaçao (UoC).
Education Minister Wycliffe Smith addressed law students at the opening of the second year of the law programme on Monday, September 2. Both Smith and Dean of the UoC Law School Dr. Flora Goudappel stressed the importance of the law programme for St. Maarten.
“It is important to have our own homegrown lawyers,” Smith said during the Council of Ministers press briefing on Wednesday. “To date, five new students have registered for the first year. The Dean expects a few more to finalise the registration process.”
Persons interested in going into the legal profession can still register by contacting Eartha Kruydenhoff at USM in Room 200 during the week from 5:30pm.
The establishment of a law programme at USM is the brainchild of former Finance Minister Richard Gibson, who put much work into making it a reality before demitting office.
The same accredited law programme that is being offered at University of Curaçao is being offered to students in St. Maarten at USM. The classes are in the form of “blended learning,” where students in St. Maarten receive classes in several forms.
Classes are streamed live from Curaçao to USM students in St. Maarten; some classes are recorded and sent to students, and in some cases professors travel to St. Maarten to give classes in person and to work with students for assignments, amongst other things.
The duration of the law programme is four to five years and it costs US $3,000 per year for each student.
Qualifying students who apply can be granted study financing for the programme.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/90606-five-new-students-register-for-usm-law-programme