Guyana’s position to establish its own law school here has been bolstered by the recommendations of the recently completed Canadian funded study into legal education in the region.
Attorney General, Senior Counsel Basil Williams said Monday morning that Guyana was looking to complete its definitive shareholder’s agreement and business plan which will include a feasibility study by the end of this month.
Upon completion, Guyana will submit those documents to the Council of Legal Education (CLE) for it to be examined.
But while this process is ongoing, Williams said the Guyana Government is encouraged by the recommendations coming out of the regional study that law schools should be established in Antigua, Guyana, and Jamaica.
“We are confident that we really need a law school,” Williams told reporters.
He said the recently increased tuition fees att he Hugh Wooding Law School and the compounded strain of having Guyanese students live and study in Trinidad also support Guyana’s push in this direction.
“We have a lot of capacity to build,” he said while rejecting the annual intake of 25 Guyanese students.
Williams said Guyana and other regional governments in CARICOM will have to review the study’s findings and recommendations.
Already he has placed on record his support for restricting the CLE to the role of being a regulatory agency rather than being involved in day-to-day management of law schools throughout the region.
“What could go wrong if we run law school in Guyana?” he questioned, pointing out Guyana’s disadvantage of only training 25 lawyers annually while other regional countries churn out hundreds on a yearly basis.
The Attorney General said the cost imposed on Guyanese attending Hugh Wooding was prohibitive and there was a need to ease the hardship faced by these persons.