Through an educational approach that is not based on conventional rote-learning, the IHU School of Law is dedicated to training qualified legal professionals who have a strong sense and notion of the law, who are capable of independent thought and evaluation, who can correctly identify legal problems, develop fast and goal-oriented solutions, and have advanced oral presentation skills including the appropriate use of legal parlance. In this context, one of our priorities is to refrain from educational practices involving one-sided transfers of knowledge from academics to students. Another is to educate students who have an inner sense of justice, fairness and intellectual independence; who are sensitive to social issues; and who are able to rise above all bias and prejudice.
Among our interim working objectives are: making sure that we regularly provide a high level of quality instruction to a reasonable number of students; paying individual care and attention to our students in order to identify and make up for what they lack; enabling active student participation, and setting up a framework to that end; providing students with primary sources before class; encouraging them to do research, and equipping them with efficient working methods by using leading edge technology; putting consultancy services in place; and creating an environment of discussion about legal concepts, institutions and events through innovative methods such as law and mediation clinics. Crucial in this regard is the Law School Library, which is likely to become a major destination and research venue for all legal professionals as well as IHU students and academics. Apart from easily accessing all the sources they need in a congenial study environment, our students will have the opportunity to meet with other academics and practitioners from the field through our panels and seminars. Marked out by their high quality education, our graduates are always going to be highly sought out for employment as lawyers, judges or prosecutors. They will also have the potential to continue into academic work.
Meanwhile, in today’s globalizing world there is an exceptional demand for qualified legal professionals fluent in one or more foreign languages. Lawyers and clients from different countries need to work together in face-to face or real-time online environments. Ibn Haldun’s policy of trilingualism will hence be a key asset, and our students shall be making the most of their enhanced language learning opportunities in the USA, the UK or Malaysia.