About the Student Chapter
The Student Chapter was established to provide a responsive forum for Caymanian law students and Articled Clerks seeking a career in law. The Student Chapter strives to enhance the academic and social environment for its members, individually and collectively, by acting as a liaison between Student Members and the Council of the Caymanian Bar Association ("Council"). Caymanian students currently enrolled in law school, the Professional Practice Course ("PPC"), the Bar Vocational Course ("BVC"), the Legal Practice Course ("LPC") or serving Articles of Clerkship are eligible to become an Honorary (Student) Member of the Caymanian Bar Association ("Student Member"). For more information on becomming a Student Member, please go to the "Membership" section of this website.
The Board of the Student Chapter consists of 3 student representatives, each from the (i) Undergraduate/LLB, (ii) PPC/BVC/LPC and (iii) Articled Clerk levels. Student representatives are appointed by way of an election from the Student Members.
The Student Chapter strives to cultivate positive relationships amongst its Student Members and the Council. Annually, the Student Chapter promotes and hosts lectures in conjunction with the Council and the Truman Bodden Law School. Presentations are given by legal practitioners, undergraduates, PPC/BVC/LPC students and Articled Clerks. These formal sessions are provided to educate prospective students on the value of a law degree; opportunities both locally and overseas, the challenges of the industry and the future of the practise of law in the Cayman Islands. The Student Chapter provides ongoing guidance to Student Members on all levels on the various avenues for funding their law degree, scholarships, internships, and obtaining placement for Articles of Clerkship locally and overseas.
In keeping with its founding purpose, the Student Chapter organises many academic and social events throughout the year and all Student Members are encouraged to participate. Each summer, the Student Chapter organises a research project; the project is not aimed to test any particular area of legal knowledge. Instead, students are given an opportunity to interact with other Student Members by engaging with an unconventional topic to provide an in-depth analysis on a chosen area. The Student Chapter hosts an annual social for all prospective and current Caymanian law students and Articled Clerks. Such events allow for prospective and current student members, along with Articled Clerks, an opportunity to network amongst themselves, fellow Student Members, alumni and other members of the legal community.
The objectives of the Student Chapter are to raise awareness of the role and benefits of becoming a Student Member and to increase the size of its membership. In 2014, the Student Chapter in conjunction with the Truman Bodden Law School established the first Cayman Islands Law School Moot Society.
Becoming a member of the Student Chapter does not stop once you graduate. The Student Chapter is expanding its activities and programs to ensure that all Student Members are provided with practical guidance and advice for the duration of their career.