On Saturday, October 1, 2016 the Shaikh Ahmad Hassan School of Law (SAHSOL) held the first of a series of legal research seminars for senior law students. Convened by Professor Maleiha Malik, who joined SAHSOL as a Research Professor in May 2016, the research seminars are open to all second and final year students but are aimed specifically at those students undertaking Senior Year Projects in the final year of their BA-LL.B studies.
Prof. Dr. S. Sohail H. Naqvi, the Vice-Chancellor of LUMS, addressed the over twenty law students who participated in the event, highlighting the importance of conducting research in higher education and creating a culture of innovative legal research at SAHSOL. The seminar concluded with an interactive panel discussion and Q & A session with the Law faculty who discussed their personal experiences as researchers and shared their “top tips” for law research. Professor Malik will be organising similar events and workshops at SAHSOL as part of developing a dynamic culture of legal research among faculty and students.
In the academic year 2016-17, twenty law students have registered for the Senior Year Project. Supervised individually by members of the faculty, law students have two semesters in order to conduct legal research, submitted in the form of an essay between 8000 and 10,000 words. Many of this year’s study projects address current issues of Pakistani law and titles range from “The Baldia Factory Fire and Corporate Human Rights” to “The Nature of Constitutionalism in Pakistan: A Critical Perspective”. In previous years, some of the best essays have led to academic articles published in the LUMS Law Journal.