05 Jul 2012

Liberian Methodist University to open law school

The United Methodist University (UMU) is to break the Liberian government's monopoly hold on legal education in the country, reports from Africa suggest.

Liberia: law school growth

Liberia: law school growth

UMU recently announced plans to open a law school that will rival the country’s only other law school at the state-owned University of Liberia.
The All Africa web site reports that, at an event for potential donors, UMU president Rev Dr Emmanuel Fitzgerald Bailey encouraged investments in the new college.  
The law school has yet to be officially announced, since it is still awaiting approval from the Commission of Higher Education. However, Rev Bailey is confident that the school will be accredited and he intends to reveal the opening date as soon as confirmation is received.

Growth plans

Since its opening in 2000, enrolment at UMU has increased from 203 students to 3,927, and the institution continues with growth plans.
Dr Bailey made a plea to the potential donors to continue their support by attending the launch of the UMU endowment fund drive to support the university’s strategic plan. ‘Forging partnership with outstanding generous people like you guarantees high success because a team can do much more than individuals,’ Dr Bailey said.
One of Liberia’s renowned politicians and businessman, Simeon Freeman -- owner of South African satellite TV service DStv – has already pledged to work with the university on its expansion plans.

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