University Law College, University of the Punjab, is the finest and oldest seat of legal learning in the country. The University Law College is known as the birth place of the finest legal minds in the subcontinent and has been the epitome of judicial heritage in Pakistan since its inception. A number of eminent bureaucrats, politicians, lawyers and judges of higher and superior judiciary are graduates of the college and continue to serve the country to the best of their abilities. Other than training young legal minds, the college focuses on personality development and grooming of students into responsible citizens.
Law College was established in 1868, fourteen years before the University of the Punjab and has a rich history and culture. It later became one of the constituent Colleges of the University of the Punjab. Law classes were initiated by Anjuman-i-Punjab in 1868 and were taken over by the College in 1870. Initially, the degree was spanned over two years. In 1873 entry test was introduced for admission purposes in the program and in the same year Chief Court allowed the college to hold pleadership Examination. In 1887, passing of intermediate examination was made a prerequisite for admission in the law program. Later that year, three-fourth attendance was made mandatory for appearing in the examination. In 1890, Government of India empowered the college to confer LL.B. and LL.D. degrees. In order to appear in the LL.B. examination, it was necessary for the aspiring candidates to have graduated in Arts and to have passed the intermediate or the Licentiate in the Law examination.
In 1935, College regulations were revised, and the course of instruction for the LL.B. was increased by a year to a span of three years. However, in 1948, regulations were again revised and the course of instruction for the LL.B. degree was reduced once again to two years. In 1964, under the directions of the West Pakistan High Court, the LL.B professional course was extended to three years and in the same year, College started offering two degree courses in Law; B.L. (academic) a degree of two years duration and LL.B. (Legum Baccalaureus) a degree of three years duration. Holders of LL.B. degree were eligible for enrolment as pleaders. In the year 1966 the duration of the LL.B. degree program was converted into two years. However, since 1992-93, three year Bachelor of Law program was re-introduced.
The main building of the College in earlier years were hosted at Katchery Road. In 1978, the college was shifted to the present premises at Quaid-e-Azam Campus. It is worth noting here that Prof. Dr. Shazia N. Qureshi, Principal of Law College, is the first woman principal in the long and rich history of the college. Her appointment is ranked important by both male and female staff members for inculcating values of merit, removal of discrimination against women in the college specifically, and society, generally, it also encourages young women to join the profession.
aims and objectives
The University Law College, being cognizant of the fact that sustainable development in the contemporary world is not possible without proper implementation of law, is committed to impart quality legal education. The University Law College aims at steering University of the Punjab to be a leading public university in providing affordable legal education to develop the culture of thinking, research and advocacy.
To be a torchbearer and trendsetter in the field of legal education in the country.
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Vice Chancellor's Message
(Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi)
Being a member of a civilized society we are being governed by
laws not by men. In this current era of globalization law has become the essence of life.
No institution, in the country can be run without proper implementation of law. As far as, University Law College is concerned, it has national and international recognition & is performing a vital role to
impart legal knowledge for the sustainable development of legal education and research.
(Prof. Dr. Amanullah Malik)
education that we provide here is an amalgamation of modern trends
in education and strong traditions.
It would be proved beneficial for the youth of the country to
successfully cope with the fast evolving social and economic
international environment and get into mainstream. The college
provides all that is necessary
for its students, enabling them to develop both mentally and
(Dr. Shazia N. Qureshi)
The University Law College is one of the dynamic and progressive constituent colleges of the University of the Punjab dedicated to the promotion of sound and advanced legal studies in the subcontinent.
Law is body of principles embodying social values, providing one of the principal instruments of change and a frame work for justice through which changes in society, technology and thinking modify. Thus, law plays an invaluable role in bringing out reforms and stimulating in laying down the standards and norm of behavior morality, justice, socio-cultural norms and business practices.
It would be a naive to think that law works in mathematical or mechanical ways.
One may agree with justice Oliver Wendell Holmes that, “the life of the law has not been logic: it has been experience… The law embodies the story of a nation’s development through centuries, and it cannot be dealt with as if it contained only the axioms and corollaries of a book of mathematics”.
It is pertinent to mention that a large number of alumni, are the prominent member of bar as well as are holding eminent positions in higher judiciary in legal departments of government as well as in multinational law firms throughout the world.
University administration, particularly venerable vice chancellor, is highly interested to strengthen the level of advance legal education and research in the law college.
My best wishes to the students graduating today and the new comers, for you, a new and bright career is awaiting. The field of law is wide open and it has reached new horizons. If you are fully equipped, talented and prepared to work hard, I am sure, every one of you would shine like a bright star. I encourage you to have faith in your abilities for it is this conviction that helps you face life’s challenges with confidence, grit and determination. Stick to your own conscience and do not stoop down to achieve your meaningful objectives. Keep the flag of the justice, morality, rule of law and legal wisdom high and I wish all success for you in your life.
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