• Two-Year Programme

    The Hugh Wooding Law School offers a two-year, full-time programme of training for persons who hold a degree of Bachelor of Laws from the University of the West Indies or another university approved by the Council leading to the award of the Legal Education Certificate, which is recognised in the participating states as the professional qualification for admission to practice.

     

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  • Specialist Clinics

     
    It is recognised that, consonant with the Council’s Mission to facilitate the development of competent legal practitioners, it is necessary to provide the means and opportunity for student attorneys to engage as nearly as possible in actual practice of the profession.  To that end the Legal Aid Clinic was conceived. 

     

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Our Vision

To be a world leader in higher education through innovation, creativity and relevance in a system of practical legal education that is rooted in our history as a Caribbean people and is designed to enhance the practice of law and the jurisprudence of the Caribbean; to empower our people; and develop our societies throughout the 21st century.

 

Our Mision

To facilitate the development of competent legal practitioners for the Region who, appreciate their responsibility as members of an honourable profession and recognizing the needs of their socio-economic environment, are inspired in the pursuit of excellence, the maintenance of high ethical standards, the promotion of social justice and the strengthening of the rule of Law.

 

The Principal

Miriam Samaru is a national of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. She holds the following qualifications: LL.B. Honours, LL.M. Distinction (Law of the Sea and International Maritime Law), Legal Education Certificate (Hugh Wooding Law School). She was called to the Bar in Trinidad and Tobago in 1982 and in Saint Lucia in 1996. She has worked in Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Saint Lucia and The Bahamas. She held the post of Solicitor General of Saint Lucia until 1999. During that time, she served on several state boards. She was also a member of the Adoption Board of Trinidad and Tobago for several years. In 2001, she was appointed Principal of the Eugene Dupuch Law School in The Bahamas and in 2008 she was appointed Principal of the Hugh Wooding Law School.

She has undergone training in Alternative Dispute Resolution, International Project Financing and Contracting, Procurement Law and Practice, Maritime Boundary Delimitation, Money-Laundering Typologies, Human Resources Management, Negotiation, International Project Financing, Evaluation for Registration and Accreditation and other training related to her areas of interest. She is a member of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago, the Council of Legal Education, the Board of the Faculty of Law, the Caribbean Association of Procurement Professionals and is a Fellow Member of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies, University of London. She was a charter member of the Central Pilot Club of Nassau, Bahamas.

Ms. Samaru is committed to the development of legal education in the Commonwealth Caribbean.

 

Chairman of the Council of Legal Education

Mr. Reginald T. A. Armour SC. is an Attorney at Law in private practice, specializing as an Advocate in the areas of commercial law, labour relations constitutional and public law and, as consultant Counsel to his clients. He was appointed a Senior Counsel by the President of Trinidad and Tobago in 2003. Mr. Armour has a wide Caribbean legal practice and, has represented his clients before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and, Courts of Appeal and High Courts across the Caribbean.

He is the Head of Marie de Vere Chambers in Port of Spain, consisting of a Practice of eight self employed independent Attorneys, originally founded in the late 1980s by Mr. Frank Solomon SC. Additional to his law practice as an Advocate, Mr. Armour is the current President of the Law Association of Trinidad & Tobago and the Chairman of the Council of Legal Education, the regional legal body under whose auspices exist the three (3) Caribbean Law Schools in Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and the Bahamas.

He has served as an acting Justice of Appeal in the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, an acting High Court Judge of the Supreme Court of Trinidad & Tobago, and is a former member of the Law Reform Commission and the Legal Aid Authority of Trinidad and Tobago, among others. In 2007, he was appointed by the President of Trinidad & Tobago to serve as Tribunal Counsel to the 2007 Mustill Tribunal and, more recently (2012) by the Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court as Tribunal Counsel in St. Lucia to the Stollmeyer Tribunal. Both of these Tribunals were constitutional Tribunals established to investigate and report on judicial misbehaviour.

He has co-authored with the late Professor Ralph Carnegie a Report & Recommendations, commissioned by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Secretariat and entitled National Constitutional Issues of an OECS Economic Union and, has written in the areas of public law and labour relations. He is married and the father of two daughters.

 

 

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