Law College In Sri Lanka

The Law College is the only institution that offers a complete course of study leading to examinations for those desiring to qualify for admission to the profession. The Sri Lanka Law College is governed by the Incorporated Council of Legal Education (under the Incorporated Council of Legal Education Ordinance No.2 of 1900) and is responsible for providing legal education to those wishing to join the Sri Lankan Bar.

Law college law entrance exam Sri Lanka

While other institutions such as the University of Colombo, the University of Jaffna, and the University of Peradeniya the Open University of Sri Lanka,  offer academic courses leading to a degree or other academic qualification relating to law. Persons become eligible to practice law only after admission to the profession as provided for in the Incorporated Council of Legal Education’s Rules. Thus, the College is the only gateway to the legal profession in Sri Lanka. Members of the bar of Sri Lanka are called Attorneys-at-Law

How to enter the law college in Sri Lanka

If you want to become a lawyer, you have to enter law college. There are two ways of entering college. The first one is to take the law entrance exam. The Law Entrance Exam is an exam that is conducted to select students for the college. The second one is completing a degree and entering college without taking the law entrance exam.

Law Entrance Exam

Exams of the Attorneys-at-Law course

The Attorneys-at-Law course consists of 3 years of lectures for those who gain admission through the entrance examination. Prescribed courses must be completed in the first, second, and third years. However, all law degree holders are entitled to certain exemptions.

Subjects of the law college

Subjects for the First Year

(a) Legal History and Legal Systems of Sri Lanka, including Roman Law
(b) Criminal Law
(c) Law of Persons
(d) Constitutional law
(e) Industrial Law
(f) Law of Obligations
(g) Law of Interpretation
(h) Environmental Law or Conflict of Laws

Subjects for the Second Year

(a) Law of Property
(b) Law of Obligations –
(c) Jurisprudence
(d) Law of Trusts
(e) Administrative Law
(f) International Law or Revenue Law or Intellectual Property Law or Construction Law and Arbitration Law

Subjects for the Third Year

(a)  Commercial law 1
(b)  Commercial law 2
(c)  Civil 1
(d)  Civil 2
(e)  Law of Evidence
(f)  Criminal Procedure
(g)  Conveyancing
(h)  Trust Accounts and Professional Ethics

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