The Bachelor of Law (Honours) offered at the University of Malta, will provide students with an undergraduate degree in Law following four years of study.
The course aims to furnish students with a comprehensive knowledge of, and training in the core legal subjects of a substantive law nature. Furthermore, it equips students with knowledge of the Maltese Legal system, and Maltese and EU case law alike.
The main areas of law which will be covered during the course include: Public Law, Civil Law, International Law, Commercial Law, Media, Communications and Technology Law, Legal History, Comparative Law, amongst other sectors. The course provides students with the opportunity to pursue a range of postgraduate studies, which in turn enable students to qualify for diverse areas of profession.
Moreover, students who wish to continue part of their studies abroad are encouraged to do so by participating in an ERASMUS exchange during the first semester of the fourth year of the course.
Lastly, students successfully completing the Bachelor of Laws Hons. Degree course should:
- Demonstrate the ability to create a research proposal and carry out independent research
- Possess a thorough understanding of research skills and methods applicable to a particular field.
- Gain the ability to analyse particular issues in different fields of law.
- Be capable of advancing their knowledge in their chosen area of focus and thus, be qualified to follow post-graduate law courses.
About ELSA Malta
ELSA Malta, established in 1986, forms part of the European Law Student Association (ELSA) a non-political, non-profit organization in the world that brings together students and young law-abiding students. ELSA is currently present in 43 countries in Europe and has more than 40,000 members worldwide, making it the largest law students’ organisation in the world.
Being part of this European network, ELSA Malta provides law students with a real opportunity to expand their legal education beyond our shores and to develop long term and fruitful relationships with their European counterparts. Having said this, ELSA Malta plays the host to numerous academic and social activities locally to help the student integrate, forge friendships and make their university experience worthwhile.
ELSA Malta has been recognised as Organisation of the Year at the University of Malta, being awarded Kokka Organizzazzjoni by KSU, the University Student Council, for the year 2017/18. This prestigious award motivates us as a team to work harder with and for the student and to make ourselves accessible to anyone who needs our help.
Why ELSA Malta?
ELSA gives utmost importance to activities which enable students to receive a hands-on experience of what the future of a law graduate holds. This is done through events mainly dealt with by the Seminars and Conferences branch and the Academic Affairs branch of the organisation.
Upon entering the law course, students will be encouraged to partake in moot courts. These sessions allow participants to take part in simulated court proceedings, which enable them to develop a deeper understanding of the fundamentals of litigation and participating in verbal argument.
One of the annual moot courts organised by ELSA Malta is Crime 101, which allows students to delve into the basis of what makes a potential court case in the criminal field. It permits participants the chance of enhancing skills such as deduction and analytical ability.
Other academic activities ELSA Malta holds are ‘How to Sessions’ and ‘Freshers to Lawyers’ particularly targeted at fresher law students, ‘Chapter Zero’ which is a Constitutional Law treasure hunt that serves as a form of revision of the subject, and ‘Closing the Deal’ which is a legal negotiation competition.
Apart from these events, ELSA Malta also organises a number of Seminars and Conferences on various topics which may be of interest to different students. One must also mention the Institutional Visit which encompasses both the academic and social aspects which ELSA Malta tries to incorporate in its work for all Law students.
Being a university student is not just about the academics, important as this aspect may be. In fact, ELSA Malta also organises a variety of social events throughout the scholastic year, such as parties, a live-in and the famous ELSA Goes To trip which is held every October. Such events give students the opportunity to get to know fellow members of the course whilst celebrating unity, friendship and scholastic achievements.
The importance of ELSA
ELSA Malta has a sincere passion and reverence for supporting students along their journey to reach one common goal – a successful future. A subcommittee of the Executive Board of ELSA Malta; The ELSA Malta Law Review, works together with the Academic Affairs section in order to provide students with the opportunity to publish their work and research, while also helping them to enhance their academic writing and even their editing skills.
Many ELSA alumni have placed particular emphasis on the importance of ELSA’s role in their university life and the myriad of opportunities it created for them, not the least of which is that of interacting with some of the 50,000 European members forming part of the ELSA network, as well as participating in international exchanges.
ELSA Malta strives to uphold ELSA International’s motto, “A world in which there is respect for human dignity and cultural diversity”. In fact, ELSA Malta has, for the past 32 years, been a catalyst through which students have created friendships and memories which are cherished for life. The ELSA experience is one like no other and the ways in which it enriches university life are countless.