Easiest way to become a Lawyer in Sri Lanka is to enter Law College. Each year Sri Lanka Law College conducts an entrance Examination. You only need 3 A/L passes and 3 O/L Credit passes in English and Sinhala/Tamil to enter Law College and become a Lawyer.
Law Entrance is a competitive examination that admits about 1050 students to Law College. A student who enters Law College has to sit 3 examinations at the end of the first 3 years at law College. Thereafter the student has to do practical training. He can then take oaths as an Attorney-at Law (Lawyer).
The Sri Lanka Law College has trained almost all the lawyers in Sri Lanka and it is the only gateway to the legal profession in the country.
There are three main channels of admission to the College.
1 – Law Entrance Examination
Direct admission of those who qualify via Law Entrance Examination for admission. The minimum academic qualification recognised for admission is four passes in the General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) Examination and credit passes in Sinhala/Tamil in the General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level) Examination. The entrance examination is highly competitive and only a limited number gain admission on the results of this examination.
2 – Law Graduates from Other Universities
Admission of Law graduates of Sri Lankan and foreign Universities – LL.B (Bachelor of Laws) Degree holders from either the University of Colombo, Peradeniya, Jaffna or Open University of Sri Lanka can enter this way. These Law graduates need not sit the entrance examination and they are also exempted from taking the first and second year examinations. They only need to take the final examination at the Law College.
Graduates from foreign universities such as University of London LL.B degree holders can also enter to Law college and become a lawyer this way.
3 – Members of the legal profession of commonwealth countries
The Attorneys at Law course at the Law College is of 3 years duration except for the law graduates as above referred to. On passing the final examination students have to undergo an apprenticeship of six months under a lawyer of at least 8 years standing and follow a practical training course conducted by the Law College with the assistance of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka and their senior members.
By this method, a British barrister can sit the final examination of Sri Lanka Law College and can enter the legal profession after completing the practical training and taking oaths.
Law Entrance Examination
The CLE (Council of Legal Education) conducts an entrance examination each year for eligible persons, for selection of students to Law College.
The minimum educational qualifications to sit the Entrance Examination are as follows:-
(a) Three A/L passes (or 4 passes in old A/L)
(b) the subjects should be those approved by Council of Legal Education AND
(c) Credit passes in English Language AND Smhala/Tamil Language at the G.C.E (O/L) or N.C.G.E. Examination,
(d) Applicants should be not less than 17 years and not more than 30 years of age
This Entrance Examination is held only in Colombo.
Details of 2015 Acadmic Year Entrace
Law Entrance Examination Syllabus
At this examination the students are expected to do a two hour paper on “Background to the Law”. There are multiple choice questions, short answer type questions and comprehension exercises for this paper.
(a) Nature of Law – role and function of law in society;
(b) Sources of Law – evolution of the Legal system of Sri Lanka;
(c) Constitution – a general knowledge of the main features of the
Constitution of the Democratic socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the powers and of the Legislature, Executive and the Judiciary;
(d) Current Socio-legal Issues – including functions, training and skills required of a lawyer.
The Brochure, the Application Form and the Course Book may be obtained from the College on payment of the requisite fee during the times specified in the Press advertisement announcing the acceptance of applications for the Entrance Examination, which is usually published in March/April of each year.
The Law College does not offer any courses to prepare students for the Entrance Examination, but there are classes conducted by different private institutes.
Sri Lanka Law College
244 Hulftsdorp Street, Colombo 12 P.O. Box Address. P.O. Box 1501, Colombo
Telephone # 94-1-473119, 323759. Fax: 94-1-385847 E – mail : <firstname.lastname@example.org>
For details visit Law College Official web site
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