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Law Pupils Should Master Oratory Skills: Ali

  Every law student should master the skill of good orating if they wanted to become good lawyers in the future, says Wahab Ali. The University of Fiji acting vice-chancellor
04 Feb 2017 12:11
Law Pupils Should  Master Oratory Skills: Ali
Chief Justice , Anthony Gates (front) and University of Fiji acting vice -chancellor, Dr Wahab Ali after the officially unveiling of the Bema yesterday. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa

 

Every law student should master the skill of good orating if they wanted to become good lawyers in the future, says Wahab Ali.

The University of Fiji acting vice-chancellor made the statement yesterday during the official unveiling of the Bema at the Samabula campus in Suva.

A bema is a platform that was used in ancient times which orators spoke in Athens.

Mr Ali said the bema was a platform where orators spent hours voicing their philosophies and opinions.

The platform would assist more than five hundred students at the university who were reading law.

He said societies used the concept of the Bema to represent freedom of speech, expression and opinion.

The wooden structured platform was officially unveiled by Fiji Independent Legal Services Commissioner,  Thomas Hicke.

“We do not want to produce just lawyers; but lawyers who are also orators who articulate and candid in their presentations.

“The mastery of oratory was considered an essential part of being a well-rounded man.”

From the views of an academic, he saw the concept of Bema as a learning pedagogy where students could memorise concepts and not contents.

Mr Ali said our society needed good lawyers especially ones that could confidently present their cases.

“One needs to be a good orator if they want to become a good lawyer,” he said.

“We are trying to start focusing more on the practical side of things in law school rather than solely focusing on theories.”

Mr Ali said the Bema would give law students to confidently practise.

“On this platform, we will be able to see their mistakes and assist them before they step into the real world,” he said.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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