Law programme to be launched Sept. 7

PHILIPSBURG–The St. Maarten Law programme will be launched during a ceremony in Room 202 at University of St. Martin (USM) at 5:30pm September 7. During the launch, detailed information will be provided by University of Curaçao President Dr. Francis de Lanoy, Dean of the School of Law Dr. Flora Goudappel, University of St. Martin Foundation board President Valerie Giterson-Pantophlet, Finance Minister Richard Gibson and Education Minister Silveria Jacobs. The law programme is a collaborative effort of University of Curaçao, USM (UoC@USM) and St. Maarten Law School Foundation, and is the brainchild of Gibson in close collaboration with Jacobs. 

  Dr. Rhoda Arrindell, who will serve as Coordinator, will head the start-up process for the law programme on behalf of the Government of St. Maarten. A Pre-Law programme will be offered to allow high school graduates with a Caribbean Examinations Council CXC, O level or HAVO diploma to receive a propaedeutic certificate, which they can use to transition into the academic law programme. The Pre-Law, which will consist of a 1½-year-long study, is open everyone who does not automatically qualify.

  A colloquium doctum is a specialised admission exam for persons at least 23 years old who do not have the prerequisites to immediately enrol in the UoC@USM law programme, but are interested in pursuing the accredited Bachelor and Master degrees (Ba/Ma) in Dutch Antillean Law, a programme which Arrindell will coordinate.

  “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,” Arrindell was quoted as saying in a press release issued by USM on Thursday.

  “The opportunity to realise this goal for higher education, whereby the law degree course can be followed in 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,” Jacobs said.

  Persons interested in signing up are urged to contact USM’s Student Service Centre Officer Patricia Jansen at or call tel. 542-5171 Ext. 0, or coordinator Dr. Rhoda Arrindell at or tel. 520-1136.

Source: The Daily Herald