As the Chairman of the Department I have the honor of introducing you to the Department of Law & Justice as we embark upon our flagship Master of Laws (LLM) programme in addition to our highly esteemed ongoing Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programme. In this Department, in which I have the privilege of serving from its very start in late 2011, we cherish and try to forge traditions of outstanding scholarship, inspiring teaching, commitment to pro-bono legal services and recruitment of the most outstanding faculty members and students.
Here we constantly ask ourselves the hard question of how best justice can be served and how law fits into that quest as an indispensable means to that elusive end. While critical, interdisciplinary, and clinical legal education form the core trinity of our academic curriculum, cutting edge research orientation remains the jewel in the crown much to the credit of Dr. Mohammad Shahabuddin (the founding Chairman of the Department). In its pursuit of excellence the Department of Law & Justice offers a challenging yet supportive environment where theory and practice converge. We also make sure that our courses are both vast in scope and substantive in depth. Our broad range of courses goes well beyond traditional lego-centricity exploring in-depth the legal engagement and encounter with the ideas and methodologies of other relevant discourses. We believe that an integrated legal education is essential in harnessing the innate potential of law to make it the best that it can be in the service of justice. We pride ourselves on innovation in legal education in Bangladesh but are also aware of the risk of it and therefore take sincere care not to derail from our primary focus on the basic discourses of law.
Our classes are diverse and students are wildly talented. The engaged character of the Department means that here the students are vibrant, bright, and skilled enough to inspire each other for greater success. Ours is a community that facilitates forward-thinking. Our students are equal stakeholders in our success. I sincerely believe that our students would become prominent academics, lawyers, jurists, leaders in their own field, protagonist of change, and formidable force for justice. We understand and value pro-bono legal service with a view to instilling in our students the honour and devotion associated with public service and commitment to justice.
As we celebrate the start of our Master of Law (LLM) programme we remain solemnly committed as ever in providing the best legal education that the Department has to offer and preparing our students to face the challenges that lie ahead and finding out the answers to the questions awaiting us in the future.
Tapos Kumar Das