FACULTY OF LAW
Established in 1988, the Faculty of Law (FdR) was the first faculty to offer its services at the University of Aruba. Since its establishment, more than 200 students have obtained their Masters Degree in Aruban Law. A great number of these graduates have found employment in Aruba, while others have pursued a further specialization in the Netherlands.
The Faculty of Law of the University of Aruba aims to provide Aruba with well-trained and highly qualified professionals in the area of Aruban Law.
Information for prospective students
The Faculty of Law provides academic education and training for the Bachelors and Masters Degree examination in Aruban Law. The Aruban law has many similarities with the Dutch law but also many differences, therefore, in the various courses a lot of attention is paid to differences and similarities with the Dutch legal system in particular, but also to the legal systems of other countries and international organizations.
In contrary to Law studies in the Netherlands, the Faculty of Law of the University of Aruba offers small classes with personal attention for each student. The undergraduate program (Bachelors) is based upon a three year program, while the graduate program (Masters) is a one year program; with the possibility for students to specialize in three different profiles: Civil Law, Penal Law, or Constitutional and Administrative Law. A final thesis concludes the program.
The Faculty of Law of the University of Aruba has a wide range of cooperation agreements with different Dutch schools of Law and universities, such as: the Maastricht University, the University of Groningen, the Erasmus University of Rotterdam and the Open University of the Netherlands. Courses are taught not only by faculty members of the University of Aruba, but also by visiting professors from various other universities. Even though some of the books of this study are in English, the language spoken and taught at the Faculty of Law of the University of Aruba is Dutch.
Candidates meeting the admission requirements can register by using a registration form which is available at the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) at the University of Aruba or by clicking here. Candidates who have reached the age of twenty-three and do not meet the admission requirements can be admitted by the Minister of Education after having demonstrated through an admission exam (Colloquium Doctum) to have sufficient general knowledge and aptitude for the program.
For more information about student life at the University of Aruba, financial information, admission requirements and/or exchange/internship possibilities, please review our study guide (Dutch only) or contact the Coordinator of the Office of Student Affairs, at (297) 588-9946 ext. 257.
Bachelors Degree in Aruban Law, LLB.
The 3-year undergraduate program (Bachelors) in Aruban Law provides the multidisciplinary and general competences that are needed to access the Master’s program. The Faculty of Law prepares holders of a Bachelors Degree to be excellent legal professionals in the paralegal fields.
- Advanced high school (VWO) or equivalent
- Bachelors Degree in another field
- Colloquium Doctum
Masters Degree in Aruban Law, LLM.
The 1-year graduate program (Masters) in Aruban law prepares students to become fully certified legal professionals. Holders of this degree have access to the so-called ‘toga’ legal professions. This degree is required for training programs to become a judge, a prosecutor or an attorney.
- LLB or equivalent
This non-degree certificate program allows professionals to follow individual courses in their specific areas of interest.
- Age over 20 years
For more information, please review our study guide (Dutch only) or contact the faculty Administrator, at (297) 582-3901 ext. 292.
Information for current students
RESEARCH & SOCIAL SERVICES
The Faculty of Law of the University of Aruba conducts research and delivers services that benefit the Aruban society as a whole and the legal professional community in particular. The Faculty of Law conducts applied and scientific research in all legal fields. This faculty has its own research program, entitled ‘Small Jurisdictions’. This program focuses on the way Law functions in small jurisdictions like Aruba. Moreover, the faculty members publish their research findings in books and publications series like the SNAAR series and Aruba Iuridica, and in legal periodicals like the ‘Caribisch Juristenblad (CJB)’ and the ‘Nederlandse Juristen Blad (NJB)’.
Research competencies are also seen in the faculty students, as all students are required to make a final (research) thesis that is accessible to the public through the University Library. Furthermore, students participate in inter-faculty programs, like the ‘Research on cultural heritage,’ of which the results were presented in May, 2011.
For more information about the faculty’s research & social services, please contact the faculty Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Address: J. Irausquinplein 4
P.O. Box 5
Tel.: (297) 582-3901 ext. 292 (Information regarding the Law study)
Tel.: (297) 588-9946 ext. 257 (Information regarding the admission)
Fax: (297) 583-1770