The need for a full-time Law College demanding the necessary degree of commitment from a student preparing himself for profession entailing great responsibility and providing the necessary requirements to equip him to assume such responsibilities has been felt since long time.
The practical hazards in mustering up adequate material and human resources, however, dissuaded many from making an endeavour. It goes to the great credit of Hamdard University in assuming the role of a pioneer in this movement. The idea of setting up a centre of excellence in law was mooted in a Board of Governors Meeting presided over by the Founder Chancellor Shaheed Hakim Mohammed Said. Hakim Saheb was extremely responsive and emphasized that if the institution was to be set up by the University, it must be a centre of excellence in every sense of the word. He then directed that some ground work be done to examine the feasibility of such an institution. Realizing the urgent need for a centre of excellence for law, Hamdard University Karachi, decided to establish a full-time school of law at Karachi with a commitment to excellence in both teaching and research. The Hamdard School of Law (HSL), an integral part of the Hamdard University, opened for admission during the first week of January, 2001.
The teaching system, which is based on participatory pedagogic methodology, includes lectures, tutorials, class discussions, seminars, assignments and such related exercises which contribute to the development of lawyering skills. In the teaching system, emphasis is placed on small group classes tutorials, the desired aim being individual attention to students. A good law library is available on school premises which is open 12 hours a day. The Law Library of HSL numbers at books reaching the figure of 10,000 during the current year. More books are being added to the Library. The students have the benefit of the following useful exposures during the three-year course leading to the LL.B. Degree.
The Law School provides information and guidance to facilitate students` future prospects, both academically as well as professionally. Academically, the students have the resources and guidance from faculty members for further and higher studies in law. Professionally, the School provides information about placements and internship in different firms and chambers during vacations.
The First Batch was inducted in January 2001. 15 Batches have already graduated till February 2011. The 23rd Batch has been inducted in February 2012.
All HSL graduates applying for higher studies abroad have been accepted by reputable foreign universities and colleges. The students of HSL are taken for visits to the High Court, the District Courts and other tribunals for experiencing first hand working of the judicial system.
During vacations, internships are arranged for students with well-reputed law firms and senior advocates. HSL has become a partner in the South Asian Research Network supported by the University of Warwick. The Law Faculty of HSL has been involved in the preparation of the draft of Anti-Money Laundering Law at the request of the Federal Government and the State Bank of Pakistan.
The LL.B. degree programme is organized on a modular pattern. The teaching year is divided into two semesters. Each semester is of 18 weeks, with 16 weeks for teaching and 2 weeks for revision. Although the degree is designed on a modular pattern, it is adapted in the yearly pattern degree as prescribed by the Pakistan Bar Council. There is an examination at the end of the first semester of the year but for the promotion into the next year, the students are required to pass the final exams of the year that is conducted at the end of second semester. In accordance with Pakistan Bar Council syllabus, six papers are prescribed for the first year LL.B. exam, seven for the second year and seven for the third year – all falling within a six-semester time frame transpiring with a three year period.
In order to fulfill its objectives of providing and promoting study and research in the field of law and allied subjects, the following Boards have been established:
The executive Board is entrusted to look after the administration and management of the School. The main function of the Advisory Board shall be, to extend guidance to the Law School on policy matters with the prime objective to develop the Law School as a leading “Centre of Excellence of Law and Research” in the country and international recognition of the credentials, the degrees and diplomas awarded by the Law School.