About Us

Welcome to Mona Law

Dr. Leighton Jackson (Dean-Mona)The Faculty of Law was established at The University of West Indies in 1970. Its primary objective is to provide an academic qualification which is compulsory prerequisite to professional legal training for lawyers in the Commonwealth Caribbean. However, the traditional basic legal skills of concise and pertinent oral argument, systematic and relevant presentation of essential issues, clarity and precision of written options and detached and balanced judgment are also useful and reliable skills for other professions such as the Civil and Police Service, Accountancy, Banking and Commerce.  

The Faculty of Law offers an undergraduate programme as well as graduate programmes. The LLB programme is run over a 3 year period for full-time students and 5-6 years for part-time students.  Since September 2009, Years 1, 2 and 3 of the programme have been offered at the Mona Campus.

A student is generally required to complete each Year successfully before being allowed to enroll for the year following. However, very limited trailing is permitted into Years 2 and 3 of the programme.

The degree offered by the Faculty of Law is the LLB which may be awarded in the following categories:

  • First Class Honours (GPA 3.60 and above)
  • Upper Second Class Honours (GPA 3.00 - 3.59)
  • Lower Second Class Honours (GPA 2.50 - 2.99)
  • Pass  (GPA 2.00 - 2.49)    

Why Mona Law ? 

The Mona Campus is one of the three campuses of the University of the West Indies. This is the premier legal educational institution in the Commonwealth Caribbean. This is a significant time in our history, as we celebrate Mona Law as a fully-fledged Faculty, teaching Law for over 40 years. We are committed to excellence in legal education and as such, we have expanded our faculty and facilities to ensure that you have an exciting and rewarding intellectual experience. The study and discipline of law prepares you for a wide range of careers, including private practice, the judiciary, diplomatic corps, international organizations and businesses. New areas of opportunities are constantly emerging as technology advances and changes. You are therefore urged to take advantage of all that our faculty has to offer, knowing that you will be richly rewarded, and in turn, you can reward others. 

Western Jamaica Campus

Studying law at Mona gives you the opportunity of doing the first year at the Western Jamaica Campus (WJC) located in the resort city of Montego Bay. The WJC offers the same high-quality programme and teachers. Students have the option of doing their first year at the WJC and their remaining years at Mona or the entire 3 years at Mona. 

Professional Training

Entry into the legal profession of Commonwealth Caribbean countries is regulated by the law of the particular state. However, due to a regional agreement the basic requirements tend to follow a common pattern. A Legal Education Certificate is normally required by a prospective lawyer. This is granted by the (West Indian) Council of Legal Education to a student who successfully completes a two-year course of full time study at one of the Council’s three Law schools in Jamaica, Trinidad or the Bahamas.

Entry into a Law School will normally be granted to any holder of the U.W.I. LL.B. degree. Applicants with degrees from other universities are required to sit an entrance examination which is held in July of the entrance year. The application deadline is July 31 of the proposed year of study and application forms may be obtained from the Law schools.