Questions & Answers

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  • How can I be certain that distance learning is an appropriate mode of study?
  • Is the degree obtained via distance learning valid in all countries?
  • Which of the two Universities is more prestigious?
  • What is the structure of the Universities?
  • What are the entry requirements?
  • How soon can I start?
  • What is the cost of the programme?
  • Is there an application fee?
  • Do I pay for the LLB programme, via I.L.E or directly to the university?
  • Can the payments to the Universities be made in instalments or must it be paid all at once?
  • How many courses am I required to do?
  • Where will I do the exams for the distance-learning (DL) programme?
  • How can I get certified to practise law in Jamaica?
  • How difficult is it to gain entry into Norman Manley Law School?
  • How do I register for your Tutorials?
  • Where are classes held?
  • When do classes start?

 

  1. How can I be certain that distance learning is an appropriate mode of study?

ANS: Distance learning facilitates individuals who for domestic, financial or logistical reasons are unable to attend a full time programme. The course can be undertaken while one remains in full-time employment. For this mode of study it is important for one to have motivation, determination, self-discipline and good time management skills.


  1. Is the degree obtained via distance learning valid in all countries?

ANS: No, the distance learning LLB Degree alone is not valid in the United States. However, it is advisable to investigate further, even though the possibilities are slim and one may have to do further studies.


  1. Which of the two Universities is more prestigious?

ANS: Both Universities offer a recognized LLB Degree which is accepted by the Norman Manley Law School. However, the structure of each University’s programme may determine which of the two, applicants may be more attracted to.


  1. What is the structure of the Universities?

ANS: Holborn College has a semesterised system; exams are held three times per year. If you fail a module you are allowed to resist that module at the next exam sitting without it affecting your progression to the next level. You are provided with all the study materials – course texts, case and statute books, module planners, etc. It should be noted that this programme is solely an on-line programme, so access to a computer and the internet are mandatory. Accreditation is given by the University of Huddersfield.

University of London has an annual programme, where exams are held once per year, between May and June. If you fail a subject you fail the entire year; however, if you fail marginally and have done well in the other subjects, at the discretion of the University, you may be allowed to resist that one subject in November of that year. If you fail the resist, you will have to repeat the entire year. You are provided with one text per course, study guides, study packs etc. You will have to source all other books. Effective September 2007 applicants are required to have online access for some aspects of the Degree programme.


  1. What are the entry requirements?

ANS: Holborn College: 2 “A” levels, in any subjects except General Paper (G.P.); or an Undergraduate degree in another discipline; or 5 years or more working experience in any field.

University of London: Minimum of : 2 “A” levels in any subjects except General Paper (G.P.) and at 3 GSCE or GCE or CXC (at not less than grade C or pass if taken prior to 1975), or an Undergraduate degree in another discipline; or 5 years or more working experience in any field (mature applicants are not solely accepted on work experience but academic qualifications as well).


  1. How soon can I start?

ANS: Holborn College has three registration deadlines per year; November 30th for the January semester, March 31st for the May semester and July 31st for the September semester. The University of London’s registration deadline is September 17th of each year (applications should be submitted between February to September 17 of the same year.)


  1. What is the cost of the programme?

ANS: Holborn College- £550 per module + £50 for posting, totalling £600 (including books). The University of London’s first year fee is £1,159. However fees for second, third and fourth year will vary.


  1. Is there an application fee?

ANS: Holborn College – there is NO application fee, one must submit all the fees for the courses taken that semester (currently £600), if you are not accepted, the college will refund the fees paid;
University of London – for September 2007 the application fee is £52.


  1. Do I pay for the LLB programme, via I.L.E or directly to the university?

ANS: University of London: Cheques, bank drafts and credit card authorisation forms must be made payable to the University of London. ILE will collect all documents inclusive of payments to dispatch to the University.
Holborn College: All Cheques, bank drafts and credit card authorisation forms must be made payable to Holborn College and packages inclusive of payments must be sent to Holborn College directly by the applicant.
Once accepted on the LLB programme by the University, the ILE facilitates tutorial and lecture studies locally (See LLB Tutorials).


  1. Can the payments to the Universities be made in instalments or must it be paid all at once?

ANS: Holborn College – payments are to be made in full per module;
University of London – The payments are broken down in stages and the University will inform each applicant, when each payment is due.


  1. How many courses am I required to do?

ANS: Holborn College: Applicants with a first degree will be required to complete eight (8) courses in 2 ½ years. Applicants without a first degree will be required to complete twelve (12) courses in 4 years.
University of London: Applicants with a first degree will be required to complete nine (9) courses in two (2) or three (3) years. Applicants without a first degree will be required to complete twelve (12) courses in three (3) or four (4) years.


  1. Where will I do the exams for the distance-learning (DL) programme?

ANS: All applicants are required to register with Overseas Examination Office, 2A Picadilly Road, Kingston 5 by paying a fee per course to sit each examination. These fees are due in January of each year.


  1. How can I get certified to practise law in Jamaica?

ANS: The Norman Manley Law School provides certification for the license to practice law. Applicants already qualified in another jurisdiction need only to register for the 6 months program. Applicants with an external LLB degree (non-UWI LLB), will be required to sit an entrance exam (this involves re-sitting various aspects of the courses taken at the degree level with a Caribbean perspective on some courses). The exam is held in July of each year and upon successful completion, applicants are then admitted into the Law School.


  1. How difficult is it to gain entry into Norman Manley Law School?

ANS: The entrance exam is challenging and requires much preparation. Entry is subject to the amount of available spaces for external students. One must commence preparation early and aim to attain maximum marks on the exam in order to gain entry


  1. How do I register for your Tutorials?

ANS: Registration forms can be obtained from our office or registration can be done online.


  1. Where are classes held?

ANS: The classes will he held on the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) campus, 237 Old Hope Road, Kingston 6


  1. When do classes start?

ANS: Classes will commence in September and January of each year.