Cabinet has given approval for the University of Technology (UTech) to go ahead with the establishment of a law school, but the university will have to separately pursue accreditation for the law school's programmes.
The Cabinet decision was disclosed by Minister of Education Ruel Reid at the official opening of a shared facility building at UTech's Old Hope Road Campus in St. Andrew on Thursday.
Reid said this will allow for more trained and certified persons in the legal profession and can position the country to become a hub in providing services in knowledge process outsourcing and legal process outsourcing.
He stressed that this forms part of the Government's position of expanding opportunities for education and training of the workforce.
He said Norman Manley Law School, situated on the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies, is unable to accommodate all the students who have been pursuing law degrees.
In an interview with JIS News, UTech President Professor Stephen Vasciannie said steps will be taken immediately to introduce the law school.
The plan is for it to take in its first batch of students next September.
Professor Vasciannie noted that the school will allow graduates to become attorneys-at-law.
University of the West Indies graduates with a Bachelor of Law degree gain automatic entry into the programme at Norman Manley Law School.
This is facilitated by Article Three of the Treaty of Chaguaramas.
Students earning LLB degrees from other institutions must sit an entrance test and earn a passing grade, which does not guarantee admission.