You are among a privileged few to have this wonderful opportunity to embark on the exciting journey that is the study of law. This is the first leg of what will be an illustrious and exciting path. Some of you aim to be attorneys-at-law while others will use the law as a tool to better society in other ways. Law is a discipline that trains the mind to view the world in unique ways. To school you in this challenging but rewarding discipline we are confident that we have here at the Faculty of Law, an excellent team of committed and highly qualified educators and professionals who will do all in their power to shape you into the productive professionals that we need in our country and our region.
I welcome you to the Law School, University of South Asia (USA). We have been established since 2009 and are currently offering Degrees at Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate level. We are unique in the education sector as we offer the complete three tiers of academics.
We have an extraordinary and innovative program that responds to the needs of the new generation of law students and bridges their hopes to a wide array of new careers for which a legal education is critical. Our graduates are doing some of the most important and cutting-edge legal work —as law firm partners, corporate leaders, high-ranking government officials, and judges.
The common threads of our Law School are: the drive to serve others; the commitment to constantly improve, innovate, and redesign; the desire to reach beyond our most hopeful dreams; and the quest for continued knowledge and perfection. You will see these common threads in action—in the work of our academic centers; in the profiles of our alumni, students, faculty, and staff; and in the descriptions of our innovative educational program.
Dr. Dil Muhammad
Dean, Faculty of Law
To develop the Law Faculty into a prestigious institution, with highly qualified teachers, to promote legal education and research at Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. level with a view to produce competent law professionals, having spirit of helping the nation in establishing rule of law in true spirit by serving in all important sectors of society.
To become, within a decade, one of the top institutions in Pakistan providing affordable legal education at all levels and having the potential to enter the international circles within foreseeable future.
We are currently offering the following programs,
The Masters in Law Program is a 2 year degree program, the degree awarded is recognized by HEC and Pakistan Bar Council accepted world-wide. Currently, we hold the unique status of highest number of legal professionals from the Bench and the Bar enrolled in our program.
The BA LLB (Hons) (5 Years) program has a distinct objective to equip the students with knowledge, skills and attribute to empower the students who shall be capable of successfully meeting the present requirements and conquer the future challenges. The program is intended to impart intensive knowledge and training in the subjects and help the students to acquire wider perspective both for research and professional applications.
– Litigation Lawyer
– Civil Litigation Lawyer
– Criminal Lawyer
– Legal Analyst
– Document Drafting Lawyer
– Legal Journalist
– Legal Advisor
– Public Prosecuting Officer
– Judicial Officer
– Teaching Faculty
Rules & Regulations
There shall be a complete syllabus for each course made available to students no later than the first day of class at the beginning of each semester. Any changes to the syllabus made after the first day of class will be announced and will be clearly represented with the date of the revision.
The course syllabus will cover:
– a course description including course objectives;
– reference books for the course;
– the content and nature of assignments;
– the schedule of major graded assessments (e.g., examinations and due dates for projects and papers);
– the examination and/or assessment procedures;
– the mode of communication for excused absences;
– the basis for determining final grades, including grading system used and the relationship
between in-class participation and the final course grade;
Students are expected to take complete responsibility for their own academic work and progress.
Students, to progress satisfactorily, must meet all of the requirements of each course for which they are registered. Consistent attendance offers students the most effective opportunity to gain command of course concepts and materials. To appear in final examination, some course instructors can enforce the rule of 75% attendance for appearing in the examination.
In-class participation may be an ongoing requirement and an integral part of the work of some courses. In-class assessments may occur, sometimes without any advance notice- known as a surprise quiz.
The syllabus will specify expectations about in-class participation and its relationship to the final course grade.
Recording of student attendance is required of the faculty.
Absences from courses in which in-class participation forms a significant part of the work of the course (such as lab or discussion courses) shall be handled by instructors in accordance with the general policies of their academic units.
An excused absence is an absence for which the student has the right to receive, and the instructor has the responsibility to provide, academic accommodation.
Excused absences must be requested promptly and must be supported by appropriate documentation. They are granted by the Head of Department. Excused absences do not alter the academic requirements for the course.
Students are responsible for information and material missed on the day of absence.
Students are within reason entitled to receive any materials provided to the class during the absence. Students are responsible for determining what course material they have missed and for completing required exercises in a timely manner.
Events that justify an excused absence include: religious observances; illness of the student or illness of an immediate family member; participation in university activities at the request of university authorities; and compelling circumstances beyond the student’s control (e.g., death in the family). Absences stemming from work duties (e.g., unexpected changes in shift assignments) and traffic problems do not typically count for excused absence.
Students claiming excused absence must notify the course instructor in a timely manner and provide appropriate documentation. The notification should be provided either prior to the absence or as soon afterwards as possible.
In the case of religious observances, athletic events, and planned absences known at the beginning of the semester, the student must inform the instructor during the first two weeks.
All other absences must be reported as soon as is practical. The student must provide appropriate documentation of the absence. The documentation must be provided in writing to the instructor by the means specified in the syllabus.
a. For medically necessitated absences: Students may, one time per course per semester, provide a self-signed excuse as documentation of an absence from a single class (e.g., lecture, recitation, or laboratory session) that does not coincide with a major assessment or assignment due date.
b. For all other absences students must provide verifiable documentation upon request (e.g., religious calendar, death announcement, etc.).
The faculty may allow student to make up for absence by submitting a makeup assessment. Student must submit it timely, at a time and place agreed upon by the instructor and student, cover the same material.
In the event that a group of students requires the same makeup assessment, one time and place may be scheduled. The makeup assessment must not interfere with the student’s regularly scheduled classes. If makeup work is not feasible, an alternate accommodation for excused absences will be provided. Alternate accommodations will be according to the principles established by the unit offering the course.
Students who miss a substantial number of class sessions or course assignments should seek guidance from an academic advisor with respect to academic options.
Students can expect to receive a reasonable number of graded assignments, projects, quizzes to permit evaluation of their performance. These assessments shall be returned to the students in a timely manner. Students will have reasonable opportunity to review graded assignments, such as papers and examinations (including the final examination or assessment), after evaluation by the instructor and while materials are reasonably current. Information about assessments and determination of the final course grade will be presented in a course syllabus.
Ordinarily, in-class assessments are given during class hours in accordance with the regularly scheduled time and place of each course.
Students are responsible for knowing the information in the syllabus, including dates of assessments and due dates of graded assignments. Assessments may take a variety of forms and need not be classroom-based written examinations.
Final Examination: There shall be a final examination and/or assessment in every undergraduate course. Exceptions may be made with the written approval of the Faculty Dean.
Each faculty member shall retain, for one full semester (either fall or spring) after a course is ended, the students’ final assessments in the appropriate medium. The examination department maintains all examinations of students for up to 4 years.
All in-class final examinations must be held on the date and at the time listed in the official final examination schedule. Out-of- class final examination or equivalent assessments shall be due on the date and at a time listed in the official final examination schedule. Students may seek to reschedule final examinations so that they have no more than three examinations on any given day.
It is the responsibility of the student to initiate the rescheduling or be responsible for taking the examination as originally scheduled. When rescheduling is desired, students should first contact their instructors. Students who encounter difficulty rescheduling examinations with their instructors are advised to contact Office of Student Affairs for help.
Faculty members are expected to accommodate students with legitimate rescheduling requests.
Resolution of Problems
Any concerns regarding the syllabus, attendance, absences and assessment should be addressed to the course instructor. In the case of unresolved concerns, students are supposed to submit written application to the Office of Student Affairs.
University of South Asia is an academic community. Its main purpose is the pursuit of knowledge.
Like all flourishing communities, the University can function properly only if its members adhere to clearly established goals and values.
Essential to the fundamental purpose of the University is the commitment to the principles of truth and academic honesty. Accordingly, the Code of Academic Integrity- Policy on Plagiarism is designed to ensure that the principle of academic honesty is upheld. While all members of the University share this responsibility, the Code of Academic Integrity is designed so that special responsibility for upholding the principle of academic honesty lies with the students.
The University’s Code of Academic Integrity is a world recognized honor code. Any of the following acts, when committed by a student, shall constitute academic dishonesty:
1. Cheating: fraud, deceit, or dishonesty in any academic course or final year project or final thesis in an attempt to gain an unfair advantage and/or intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic course or final year project or final thesis.
2. Fabrication: intentional and unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in any academic course/ final year project/ final thesis.
3. Facilitating academic dishonesty: Intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another student to violate any provision of the Code of Academic Integrity.
4. Plagiarism: Intentionally or knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own in any academic course or exercise.
If it is determined that an act of academic dishonesty has occurred, the matter is referred to Discipline Committee for further deliberation.
If it is determined that an act of academic dishonesty has occurred, the matter is referred to Discipline Committee for further deliberation.
The University endeavors to ensure that students progress towards their degree objectives satisfactorily, and achieve academic success.
If a student has special circumstances that make it impossible to complete a normal course load (5-6 courses per semester), the student must meet with HOD to discuss the circumstances, the student’s plans for remaining degree, and the implications for continued enrollment.
a. Academic retention is based entirely on grade point average (GPA). A minimum of 128 successfully completed course credit hours is required for graduation in any degree curriculum at Bachelors level and 30 credit hours for Masters’ degree.
b. Satisfactory Performance is defined as the achievement of a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above at Bachelor Level and 2.5 or above at Master Level. Students whose semester GPA falls below 2.0 or 2.5 for bachelor or master respectively are encouraged to meet with their Head of Departments regarding the development of a plan that will appropriately respond to the student’s academic difficulties and lead to academic improvement.
c. Unsatisfactory Performance is defined as the achievement of a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0 for Bachelor Students and 2.5 for Masters’ Student. Students will be placed on Academic Probation following any semester in which a 2.0 or 2.5 cumulative GPA for Bachelor or Master respectively is not achieved. The University reserves the right for Academic Dismissal of students who are unable to raise their cumulative GPA to 2.0 or 2.5 or higher for Bachelor or Master respectively at the end of their probationary semester.
Students will be placed on academic probation if their cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 at Bachelor level and 2.5 at Masters’ level. Normally, a student is expected to attain a 2.0 CGPA at the end of any probationary semester for Bachelors’ degree and 2.5 for Masters’ degree.
The Office of the Student Affairs will notify students when they are placed on academic probation at the end of every semester after results are announced. Such notices will include a requirement that the students consult their Head of Department early in the probationary semester and in no event later than the beginning of the early enrolment period for the next semester.
a. The HOD will assist students in developing appropriate plans for achieving satisfactory academic performance.
b. Students who are placed on probation will not be allowed to add or drop courses, or register without the approval of HOD.
Students who have earned 60 or more credit hours will be dismissed if their CGPA remains below 2.0 for two consecutive semesters after being placed on probation. The Office of Student Affairs will notify students via email. The email will include a statement that registration for the next semester will be canceled.
Students are expected to maintain the highest standards of conduct. For all graded presentation and competitions, students are expected to dress professionally- for men that is wearing a suit with a tie and shirt buttoned up, and for women that is wearing professional colors and well- ironed clothes.
Cases that may result in suspension or expulsion are heard by committees, comprised of faculty members. Acts of violence, intimidation, disruption, or rioting; substantial theft or damaging university property; fraud or forgery; use or distribution of illegal drugs; wrongful use of technology; are forms of misconduct that most frequently result in dismissal from the University.
The following is general list of what constitutes prohibited conduct and is subject to disciplinary action:
– Initiating or causing to be initiated a false report, warning or threat of fire, explosion or other emergency
– Possession of any weapon
– Causing physical harm or threat of harm to faculty or fellow students or any management member
– Serious Crime committed off-campus
– Violating the terms of any disciplinary sanction imposed
– Distribution or possession for purposes of distribution of any illegal drug
– Furnishing false information to the University
– Interfering with the freedom of expression of others
– Theft of property or of services; possession of stolen property
– Destroying or damaging the property of others
– Engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct
– Failure to comply with the directions of university officials
– Use or possession of any illegal drug or controlled substances
– Use or possession of fireworks
– Use or possession of any alcoholic beverage
– Violation of published university regulations or policies including the hostel contract, as well as those regulations relating to entry and use of University facilities, use of vehicles, campus demonstrations, misuse of identification cards, sexual misconduct, hazing, acceptable use, and parking regulations.
Those students found guilty of any of the following acts will be immediately dismissed from campus:
Assault, theft, damaged property, fire-setting, or other serious misconduct related to a University-sponsored event, occurring on- or off-campus, that results in harm to persons or property or otherwise poses a threat to the stability of the campus or campus community may result in disciplinary action.
|Eid ul Edha**||August 21- 23, 2019|
|Yaum e Aushura**||September 09-10, 2019|
|Eid Milad ul Nabi**||November 10, 2019|
|Quaid-e-Azam Day||December 25, 2019|
|Kashmir Day||February 05, 2020|
|Pakistan Day||March 23 , 2020|
|Labor Day||May 01 , 2020|
|Eid ul Fitar**||May 25 – 27 , 2020|
|Independence Day||August 14 , 2020|
|**Subject to the sighting of moon.|
|Academic Calendar 2019-2020|
|Description||Fall 2019 Semester (Current Students)||Fall 2019 Semester (New Intake)||Spring 2020 Semester|
|Orientation and Start of Classes|
|Last Date for Course Add/Drop||Friday, September 20, 2019||Friday, September 27, 2019||Friday, February 07, 2020|
|Mid-Term Examinations||November 11 – 16, 2019||November 11 – 16, 2019||March 24 – 30, 2020|
|Last Date of Withdrawal of Courses||Friday, November 29, 2019||Friday, December 06, 2019||Friday, April 17, 2020|
|Last Date of Fee Deposit For Next Semester||Tuesday, December 10, 2019||Monday, May 11, 2020|
|Final Examination||January 13 – 18, 2020||January 13 – 18, 2020||May 28- 23, 2020|
|Final Paper Viewing||Friday, January 24, 2020||Friday, January 24, 2020||Thursday, June 04, 2020|
|Result Notification by Examination Department||Friday, January 31, 2020||Friday, January 31, 2020||Friday, June 05, 2020|