To comply with efforts to standardize Law degrees across the country, the University of Adelaide Law School in Australia, implemented a number of curriculum changes in 2000. These include the introduction of a new subject: Principles of Public Law and the combination of the Law of Crime and Criminal Procedure. The new curriculum has resulted in the reduction of overall units required for graduation, consequently reducing the duration of post graduate law from 3.5 years to 3.
Limitations with the law degree granted in a part-time law programs is the same as a full time program, there are some limitations that may be experienced by part time students. For one, part-time students may not be able to participate in internship and summer associate programs like full time students. These programs are traditionally used to evaluate candidates for job offers. So, part time students may miss out on some traditional opportunities for finding a legal job.
To this regard, the Bar Council of India prescribes the minimum curriculum required to be taught in order for an institution to be eligible for the grant of a law degree. The Bar Council also carries on a period supervision of the institutions conferring the degree and evaluates their teaching methodology and curriculum and having determined that the institution meets the required standards, recognizes the institution and the degree conferred by it.
If you yearn to be a lawyer, and you are fascinated by the law, don’t be discouraged. But at the same time, be realistic. A law degree no longer guarantees a high income, but you can be successful. Like most things in life, it’s up to you.
One way to standout from other candidates is by explaining a unique career goal(s). Perhaps your goal is to become a lawyer working for the EPA instead of a corporate. By having a distinctive goal, tailor your experiences and skill sets to support your ultimate goal and show that a law degree from that specific school can help you achieve them.
By no means am I saying a law school degree won’t enhance your earning capacity compared to the job prospects available to you if you were to attempt to enter the work-force right after college. If you have already earned a bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field, you can combine your master’s of education with experience in the field of criminal justice. This would include military experience, law enforcement experience or corrections experience. Typically, candidates with less education or experience can begin their teaching career at community or junior colleges or as adjunct faculty members for larger schools.
Law degree programs are considered graduate programs in the Philippines. As such, admission to law schools requires the completion of a bachelor’s degree, with a sufficient number of credits or units in certain subject areas. Legal education in the Philippines is regulated and supervised by the LEGAL EDUCATION BOARD, a statutorily created independent Body chaired by a retired member of the Supreme Court or of the Court of Appeals. Its first chairman is Justice Hilarion Aquino. Sitting as members of the Board are a representative of the law professors, a representative of the law deans and a representative of the Commission on Higher Education. The membership of a student representative has been subject to continuing debate and resistance on the part of law schools. Graduation from a Philippine law school constitutes the primary eligibility requirement for the Philippine Bar Examinations, administered by the Supreme Court during the month of September every year.
Academic degrees for non-lawyers are available at the baccalaureate and master’s level. A common baccalaureate level degree is a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies (B.S.). Academic master’s degrees in legal studies are available, such as the Master of Studies (M.S.), and the Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.). Such a degree is not required to enter a J.D. program.