The School Educational System
A. Credit System / Semester System.
This system specifies the number of units that a student has to successfully complete in order to get a degree from an academic department or school. Every term or semester as the case may be, the student has the freedom to choose the courses that he/she is in need of according to his/her prior requirements with the help of his/her academic advisor, all within the minimum and maximum study units that are authorized to register for every semester. The objective is to achieve the required credits at the end of each year before the student is allowed to register for courses of the following year.
This system allows the student to participate in deciding his/her educational goal and the pace he/she takes to reach it, according to the set rules. A student gets credit for all of the courses that he/she successfully completes, while has to re-sit those which he/she could not pass in accordance with the said rules that allows the student to re-sit 10 course with a grade of (C) as the maximum.
B. (Unit Credits)
Credit units are the academic units which a student obtains when he/she successfully passes a course. They consist of one hour weekly for theory courses, or a minimum of two hours for practical courses. This doesn’t apply to intensive courses. They are the basis for deciding the course load for a student according to the academic regulations. The academic department or school is responsible for deciding the number of credit hours for each course which is usually three credits for one course.
C. Academic (Semester)
An academic year consists of two semesters, each one lasting 16 weeks, from the beginning of the semester to the end, including final exams. Registration in the summer course is optional. It is seven to eight weeks duration, including the final exams, the School Council may adapt a shorter- time courses taught in intensive arrangement.
D. Registration and Study Load
The normal academic load for a full time student is fifteen credits whereas the normal academic load for a part time student is twelve credits. Twelve credits are considered the minimum study load a full time student can take and nine credits for the part time student. In that case the graduation period for the full time student will be four years while the graduation period for the part time student is five years. Moreover, a student can register in more than the said study load if his/her GPA was not less than 3.33 and with a decision from the Students' Affairs Committee in accordance with the School's capabilities and its consent (Maximum of 18 Credits) . Furthermore, the study load may be less than 9 credits with the consent of the same committee.
In all circumstances the student cannot register in the following year's courses unless he/she has passed the required credits for the year he/she is in which is 31 credits for first year students, 62 credits for second year, 92 credits for third year and to finish these courses as stated in the school major sheet.
Upon the approval of the Student and Academic Affairs Committee, a student who has completed 28 credits and finished all the legal courses during the first year may register in two courses of the second year. That is an exception to the 31 credits for the first year. The previous rules shall apply to student, who has passed 58 credits instead of 62 credits for the second year and 88 credits accordingly instead of 92 credits, for the third year.
E.The Importance of the Credit System:
The Credit (Semester System) is one of the modern educational systems that has been adopted by most American and non-American educational institutions, including law schools, due to the advantages this system permits, such as:
1- Maximizing the use of academic year by adopting the Semesters system. The year shall be divided into two semesters, and a possible usage of a summer semester.
2- Promoting an inter-active educational environment between the professor and student, by encouraging the freedom of discussions, debates and presentation, by enhancing critical thinking in tackling legal issues and judicial rulings.
3- Achieving the concept of periodical assessment and evaluation, maintaining the academic standard and monitoring the quality of the education and its results.
4- Merging the theoretical and practical aspects in the educational approaches and methodology, benefiting from the division of the academic year into two semesters. This helps both the student and the professor to distribute the study load within the one semester or mutually across both semesters in order for related course to be divided into theoretical and practical courses, a distribution which cannot be achieved in the yearly system
For the above advantages, the Credit System (Semester System) has been determined as the educational system for KILAW.
The Program's Duration:
1. The Bachelor of Law (LLB) degree requires 4 years normal full time duration of study and should not exceed six years and no less than three and a half years. The regular duration of the LLM program is one to two years in accordance with the program. It should not be less than a year and no more than two years unless with consent of the Graduate Study Committee, and in all cases it should not exceed the duration of three years. As to the study period for the paralegal diploma program should not be less than two years and no longer than four years.
Postponement of studies shall not exceed the period of two semesters for the LLB and paralegal diploma and a semester for the master. The postponement is not included in the programs duration.
2. The school academic year in divided into two semesters, the duration of each semester is 15 or 16 weeks.
3. Each program is subject to time limits for its duration in accordance with the rules of the school for each program and the student enrolment status (Fulltime/Part time).