By: Stephen G. Fellajuah
MONROVIA – The Vice President of the Republic of Liberia, Madam Jewel Howard-Taylor has lauded the initiative of the Law Students Association (LAWSA) at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, University of Liberia, to launch a project to remodel the Law School Palava Hut into a multipurpose facility, noting that the project would the Law School better, thus it is worthy of emulation.
Making the assertion in a special statement during the groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, September 16, 2022, VP Taylor thanked the Law School students’ leadership for the project, describing it as a worthy project.
“And I think the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law would become better as a result of this,” VP Taylor said, and recommended that the top of the building be cast so that later on much more could be done there.
Additionally, Vice President Howard-Taylor said the moot court is an enlightening experience, and she thinks all students who are attempting to be lawyers should have a chance to practice at the moot court on a regular basis.
She said such an experience would allow the students to get practical, hands-on experience on real courtroom activities.
She thanked the Dean of the Law School, Prof. Dr. Jallah Barbu, for taking on the responsibility of building the Law School Palava Hut.
A graduate of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law, Vice President Howard-Taylor will be joining the faculty there to teach a course alongside Dean Barbu, according to the latter.
Dr. Moses Zinnah, UL Vice President for Academic Affairs, representing President Julius J.S. Nelson, Jr., applauded the Law School and the students, noting that the Law School is always one of the pacesetters at the University of Liberia.
Even in the midst of challenges, he said, the Law School has always found means to make sure that learning goes on for students and faculty.
Meanwhile, Dr. Zinnah used the occasion to announce that the University Administration is working with the Dean of the Law School, Dr. Barbu, to ensure that within the next two years it can begin offering an advanced degree which could be a Juris Doctor (JD) or Master of Laws (LLM).
“We have a lot of good lawyers that have graduated from here. I know at the end they don’t want to just be LLB, they want to pursue something else. So, we are working with you,” said Prof. Zinnah.
The Dean of the Law School, Prof. Dr. Jallah Barbu said the Law School will grow in structure, in academia and in self-respect.
“I assure you that as I welcome you here today at this palava hut, when you come here two months from now, I will welcome you into a multipurpose building,” said Cllr. Barbu.
Cllr. Barbu gave appreciation to the students, Administration and Faculty of the Law School who are committed to a work.
He said he is glad that the Administration and Faculty of the Law School are together impacting knowledge into people who would drive the development agenda of Liberia.
Student Williamina G.E. Buddy, president of LAWSA, thanked the Administration of the University of Liberia, the Leadership, Faculty and Staff of the Law School and all those who gave support to the project.
“You can rest assured that what you have given today will not go in vain,” she said. Madam Buddy added that a building will be erected and contributors to the project will be called to witness the dedication of the facility.
LAWSA Acting Project Director student Vivian D. Dogbey disclosed that the over US$80,000 project which started from the past leadership is intended to provide a space for students and faculty members.
She said the plan is to have the multipurpose facility more spacious, and modernized.
According to her, the intent is to have a moot court there for students to have an opportunity to practice as if they were in a courtroom.
Student Dogbey explained that when the project is completed, they will have a space that will take about a hundred persons, and they will also use it for the orientation of new Law School students.
Additionally, she said they intend to include in the remodeled palava hut project bathrooms, a canteen, and a mini kitchen which will be outsourced, and some comfortable chairs where students can sit while awaiting their class time, among others.
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