Liberia: Law Students’ President Seeks Partnership With Bar Association, Outlines Several Projects
Monrovia – The newly inducted president of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law Student Association (LAWSA) of the University of Liberia, Al-Varney Rogers says his leadership will work frantically with the Liberia National Bar Association to enable students to develop their skills while, at the same time, naming several projects he will lead the students to implement.
“We are going to work with the Liberia National Bar Association to ensure that students don’t just attend the Bar conventions but should benefit from opportunities from the Bar like the legal aid program and other projects exposing students to the actual practice of law,” Rogers said.
LAWSA president made the remarks in the UL auditorium on Friday, February 7, during his induction ceremony.
“Additionally, we will commence the LAWSA volunteer programs. Students with legal knowledge gained at the Law School will provide education to high schools, undergraduate students of UL and various communities,” he said, adding that initiatives will be branded the “software projects” of LAWSA.
“This project will focus on beneficiaries’ basic rights and how they can use Alternative Disputes Resolution in resolving conflict instead of going through the tension of litigation.”
Additionally, the newly inducted Law Student Association president listed a number of projects which he dubbed the “hardware” projects that are gear toward giving the law school a facelift and making the learning environment more conducive for students.
He stressed that despite the economic challenge facing the country, his leadership will do its best to achieve by working to make the only Law school in the country “the greatest in the country’s history”.
“We will commence the landscaping and pavement of law schoolyard; renovate the bathrooms especially for females; improve the library and ensure the opening of a canteen for law school students,” he said.
He said these projects will be “visibly seen by even passer-by and guests of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law”.
Continuing with details about the software projects during his inaugural speech, Rogers assured that hi leadership will work with the administration of the school to ensure that students are assigned advisors while they pursue their studies.
He praised the Dean of the Law school, Cllr. T. Nagblee Warner and his entire team, for “doing exceptionally well in raising the academic standards” of the school.
“We believe that whilst academic standards are improving, the infrastructure of the Law school should reflect such standards,” he added.
According to him, prior to his induction, the student leadership was already challenged with the task of working with the administration of the school to ensure that students, who owe tuition, sit their upcoming exams.
“We can understand the administration’s quest for money. And we are in full support! But as a nation, we are in trying economic times which has a reflection on the population of which students are a part,” he said.