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Kuwait to receive 7,200 male & female lawyers within 5 yrs

KUWAIT CITY, July 2: Amendments to the law governing the legal profession, which were approved by the National Assembly in its recent session, have drawn different reactions in terms of allowing College of Shari’a graduates to practice the profession, reports Al-Qabas daily.

Figures also confirm that the labor market will have a large number of graduates who will be allowed to work as lawyers in case the College of Shari’a graduates are allowed to join their counterparts from the Faculty of Law

. In the coming years after passing the amendments to the law, it seems the local labor market which is still plagued by shortage of graduates, will face a greater dilemma that will make the number of lawyers multiply despite the precautionary measures taken by the concerned authorities to stop the flow of law graduates. This is to ensure balance in the demands of the labor market. The steps taken in this regard include halting enrollment of Kuwaiti students into law schools in Egypt and Jordan for a certain period, but the recent amendments come in the opposite wind to put pressure on the labor market again.

The language of numbers
In the next five years, the local market will receive about 7,200 male and female graduates only from the two colleges in Kuwait University to practice law. This means the number of graduates from the Faculty of Law within the next five years will reach 2,650; while those from the College of Shari’a will be 4,550.

Figures show that the total number of graduates from the Law and Sharia colleges at Kuwait University in the last four academic years – 2014/2015 to 2017/2018 – totaled 5,772; 2,130 from the Faculty of Law and 3,642 from the College of Shari’a. Based on the number of graduates from the two colleges within the aforementioned period; the average number of graduates per year is about 1,440 – 530 from the Faculty of Law and 910 from the College of Shari’a.

Latest statistics
According to the figures, the average number of graduates will reach 7,200 within five years. In the next five years, the number of graduates from the Faculty of Law will reach 2,650 while that of the College of Sharia will reach 4,550. As per the latest statistics on graduates from Kuwait University, the number of graduates from the College of Shari’a is greater than that of the Faculty of Law with a difference in some years of up to more than 500 graduates. In 2014/2015, the number of law graduates from the Faculty of Law was 499 and 744 from the College of Shari’a.

In 2015/2016, the number of law graduates from the Faculty of Law reached 534 and 849 from the College of Shari’a. In 2016/2017, the number of law graduates from the Faculty of Law increased by only 538, while the number of College of Shari’a graduates increased to 1,050. At the last graduation ceremony of Kuwait University for academic year 2017/2018, the number of Faculty of Law graduates reached 559, while that of the College of Shari’a reached 999.


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