Registration Thursday, Friday for new USM law programme | THE DAILY HERALD

PHILIPSBURG–Persons who are interested in studying in St. Maarten to obtain a law degree can register for the University of Curaçao Law Programme at University of St. Martin (USM) on Thursday and Friday, September 6 and 7 from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

Registration will be held at USM. Registration for the Law Programme opened last week Friday, just a week after the Council of Ministers approved its endorsement and funding for the programme.


USM said over the weekend that although classes will begin at the end of this week, registration will remain open for an additional two days to accommodate persons who need extra time to gather all their documents and make the required payments.

“Registration was a success, but there is still room for other candidates and many people needed more time to get the required documents in order,” said registrar assistant Ruth Jansen, who came to St. Maarten last Friday to guide the intake process. “Some people had difficulty getting time off from work, so we are coming back to USM at the end of next week with more flexible hours.”

Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports (ECYS) Wycliffe Smith held a press conference with administrators of USM and the University of Curaçao on Thursday, September 23, to announce that the Council of Ministers had given the green light for the long-awaited programme.

More than 20 persons are expected to begin the Bachelor of Arts in Law programme starting this month using “blended method learning,” which means a combination of face-to-face and online lectures.  

USM President Antonio Carmona also expressed his satisfaction with the process so far, recognising all the hard work that is still being put into the promising law programme.

“We had many obstacles. Today the government supports us and now we have to make the extra effort in accommodating our schedule for those candidates who have for years been expressing their interest in the study of law in St. Maarten,” he was quoted as saying in a press release on Sunday. “I spoke to the Dean of the University of Curaçao Faculty of Law Dr. Flora Goudappel and University of Curaçao President Dr. Francis de Lanoy and we agreed to extend registration dates.”

Trainers from Curaçao will be holding an information communication technology (ICT) workshop on the evening of Monday, September 3, on how to manage learning materials on the academic platform blackboard. Even those who have not registered are welcome to attend, USM said.

Persons interested in pursuing a law degree and those who want to participate in the ICT workshop can contact or call USM at 1-721-542-5171.

Source: The Daily Herald