The Law Society issued guidelines to its members on how to prepare Sharia-compliant wills early last year. Within months, the guidelines were withdrawn in response to a barrage of criticisms from those who thought that they were discriminatory towards, among others, women and adopted children. Both the publication of the guidelines and its retraction shortly afterwards, are reflective of two phenomena. One, that solicitors are serving increasing numbers of Muslim clients. Two, that there is still a lack of understanding of the rationale behind Islamic principles among the general public, including lawyers. Yet Law students do not ordinarily get any exposure to Islamic Law either during the academic or vocational stage of their training.
The College of Business, Law and Social Sciences, through funding awarded to Dr Mahmood Chandia (ESS) (Project lead) and Dr Kartina Choong (LLS), aims to bridge this gap. It will provide an introduction to Islamic Law and Culture to 10 UCLan Law students aspiring to practise as solicitors. This takes two forms:
1) A week-long summer school (8th-12th June 2015) at the Preston campus
(To examine the sources of Islamic law; the concepts of authority and independent reasoning in the Sharia; schools of legal thought; and case studies that explore their application)
2) A fully-funded week-long visit to Oman (3rd-10th September 2015)
(To visit places like courts, mosques, museums, art galleries, the British Embassy and the College of Law at Sultan Qaboos University)
*Participation in both parts of the activities is compulsory for successful applicants*
– Law students (LLB/Combined Honours) graduating in July 2015, who at the time of applying for this funding have accepted, and paid a deposit for, a place to study for the LPC at UCLan in academic year 2015/2016
– MLaw students entering their fourth and final year in academic year 2015/2016
How to apply
– A cover letter outlining how this opportunity could enhance your employability;
– An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae; and
– The name of one referee
To firstname.lastname@example.org by 15th May 2015
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview.
Students must have an excellent attendance record in the current academic year in order to be shortlisted
Priority will be given to students who have not received university subsided international travel bursary this year. This does not however preclude those who have been in receipt of the bursaries from applying for this opportunity.