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A priori – Before the fact

The law is important

The law is important for a society for it serves as a norm of conduct for citizens. … The law is important because it acts as a guideline as to what is accepted in society. Without it there would be conflicts between social groups and communities. It is pivotal that we follow them


 The Department of Legal Studies (New Department Code – LL) of the Open University of Sri Lanka conducts one first Degree Programme (LL.B) and one postgraduate Degree Programme (LL.M). LL.B Degree Programme is one of the most prestigious Law Degree Programmes offered by a National University in Sri Lanka.





The Sri Lanka Law College functions under the Incorporated Council of Legal Education (under the Incorporated Council of Legal Education Ordinance No.2 of 1900) to administer legal education to persons who desire to be enrolled in the Bar of Sri Lanka. The Law College is the only Institution which offers a complete course of study leading to examinations for those desiring to qualify for admission to the profession.  

As at today, while other Institutions (eg. University of Colombo, the Open University of Sri Lanka ,University of Jaffna and University of Peradeniya) offer academic courses leading to a degree or other academic qualification relating to law, persons become eligible to practise the law, only after admission to the profession as provided for in the Rules of the Incorporated Council of Legal Education. Thus, the Law College is the only gateway to the legal profession in Sri Lanka. Members of the profession are called Attorneys-at-Law.

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