Welcome to ILAS
The Institute of Law and Academic Studies Limited (ILAS) is a private tertiary level education provider in Trinidad and Tobago, established in February 1999. Currently, three programmes of the University of London are offered: (i) Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree; (ii) Certificate of Higher Education in Common Law (CertHE Common Law) and (iii) Postgraduate Certificate in law. ILAS also offers its own professional and training courses. The founder of this institution is Gail Narinesingh who served as Principal and Lecturer of ILASL from the school’s inception back in February 1999. Gail Narinesingh has had a distinguished teaching career having guest lectured at Staffordshire University, UK and awardee of an Honourary Doctorate from Staffordshire University, UK in 2010. ILAS is now headed by Mr. Reagan H. Rowans who was recently appointed Principal, in October 2018. Mr. Rowans has been a lecturer at ILAS since 2007, and served as Vice-Principal between 2010 – 2018. Mr. Rowans is also a qualified Attorney at Law, having been called to the Bar of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago since 2009.
ILAS is registered with the Ministry of Education, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. ILAS is a Registered Centre with the Accreditation Council of Trinidad and Tobago (ACTT), having been granted renewed registration status for another three year period from April 2019 to April 2022.
The University of London is internationally accredited, and is also a Registered tertiary level education provider with the ACTT.
ILASL is a Recognised Teaching Centre for the University of London (Awarding Body) since the University introduced its recognition framework in 2009. ILASL’s recognition status with the university was confirmed in 2012 and again in 2016 for a five year period.
To date, ILAS has produced more than 2000 LLB graduates, including new tertiary graduates as well as continuing professionals such as teachers, doctors, businessmen and Members of Parliament.
ILAS’s students continue to rank among the highest achievers – having been awarded ten world prizes since 1999. In 2014, ILAS received all four of the Academic Achievement awards awarded by UoL to the top year-one students in Trinidad and Tobago. ILAS also scored the highest marks in Trinidad and Tobago in Public law, CLRI, Contract law and Equity and Trusts – in 2014. In 2015, ILAS improved upon its previous performance, again achieving all four of the Academic Achievement awards in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as achieving awards for the highest marks in Public law, CLRI, Contract law, Equity and Trusts and Tort law. In 2016 and 2017, ILAS again achieved all three Academic Achievement awards granted to Trinidad and Tobago as well as scoring the highest marks in Criminal law, Public law, Tort law, Contract (LLB and CertHE Common Law). Additionally, in 2017, ILAS scored the highest mark in the world in Civil and Criminal Procedure. In 2018, ILAS again topped the world, this time in Public law. ILAS also placed in the top 10 in the world in Criminal law. In 2019, ILAS again topped the world, this time in Civil and Criminal Procedure, again – achieved by 2 students.
Between 2016-2019, ILAS achieved 61 individual First Class honours marks at the annual exam sessions.
Our students then go on to perform well consistently beyond ILAS. In June 2012, three (3) former ILAS students topped the Hugh Wooding Law School Year 1 exams – obtaining straight A’s in all courses. In 2013, two of them were at the top, with one of them graduating in first place. In 2014, another graduated second. Our students also excel at UK universities where they pursue vocational studies. In 2016, an ILAS alumnus placed first overall in the Staffordshire University LPC qualification.
ILAS has also excelled in debating, placing second in 2017 and 2018 at the Securities Exchange Commission Clash of the Debate Titans Tertiary Competitions.
These achievements are in addition to the many and varied co- and extra-curricular activities that students part take in thereby giving them the competitive advantage in a profession that values skills and attributes, in addition to academic excellence. These activities include: fieldtrips to the Parliament, prisons, weekly court visits, internships with civil society organisations and practising Attorneys at law, human rights observances and advocacy, mooting and debating, sports and family day.
In January 2019, ILAS hosted the University of London Worldwide Conversation on Women in Higher Education and Equality in the Workplace. This Conversation, streamed live online, was in celebration of the University of London 150th anniversary of accepting women into the university, the first to do so in the UK. It was also an opportunity to address issues of gender equality in our local and regional context. ILAS was the only recognised centre in the Caribbean to host this event, and one of the few in the World. The Keynote Address was delivered by Professor Patricia Mohammed, Professor of Gender and Cultural Studies and Director of Graduate Studies and Research, UWI, St. Augustine.
In December 2018, ILAS was granted the University of London Development Grant Funding. This grant facilitated ILAS’s first ever Legal Aid Clinic as well as three ILAS’s free Street law courses for secondary school students, working professionals and general members of the public. ILAS also launched its very own Law Review.
ILAS has also achieved the ACTT award for Excellence in Student Support Services.
Why study with ILAS
Institute of Law and Academic Studies (ILAS) offers a fresh and unique approach to lecturing with more study options and greater flexibility. We provide the support and guidance that students need to achieve their full potential.
The Institute is located in the heart of Chaguanas, Trinidad. This central location allows for convenient access from all parts of the country. In addition, the various major transportation hubs are in close proximity to the Institute, making public transport a very attractive option.
Our courses are subject to continuous review and development and they are also offered by distance learning.
For students attending for tuition at the Institute, we provide comfortably furnished and well-maintained premises with excellent teaching and ancillary facilities. Our library is also stocked with a comprehensive range of books suited to all aspects of the courses taught at the Institute as well as the comparative materials of the Commonwealth Caribbean.
We have always aimed to give value for money, providing high-quality education at competitive prices. We are convinced that we offer the most cost-effective programs available in Trinidad and Tobago.
Specialization in Law ONLY
Thereby allowing students a greater opportunity to attain a high class of Degree as well as a practical understanding of the law.
This is available for the purpose of constructing individual study timetables contoured to each student’s personal requirements in an effort to prioritize certain topics and maximize the students’ time.
With the school’s motto being “we don’t just tutor for passes we tutor for world prizes”, it’s no wonder why we continue to produce such remarkable results (see below). According to our DATABASES, there are over 600 practicing attorneys in the Caribbean and abroad who are graduates of ILAS.
Message from the Principal
Welcome to ILAS! Our students’ past and current attest to the value of the transformative experience that takes place from enrollment to graduation. This enriching experience reflects our commitment to the highest academic standards and student engagement and support within and beyond the classroom. Our consistently excellent results evidence our student-centered ethos and pedagogic values.
Our students come from a very wide range of backgrounds and countries, including the UK, North America, and the Caribbean. The diversity of the ILAS experience is partly fueled by the unique kaleidoscope of working professionals and high school students that span ages 17 to 70. ILAS opened its doors in February 1999. As of 2018, ILAS offers tuition for the University of London Certificate of Higher Education in Common law (CertHE), Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB), and the Postgraduate Certificate in law (PGCert).
ILAS’s students continue to rank among the highest achievers having been awarded six (6) world prizes from the University of London, ILAS has received every University of London Academic Achievement Award since its inception in 2014 – a total of 11. These are awarded to students with the highest aggregate score in Trinidad and Tobago in their first year of study with the University. Over the same period, ILAS’s students also received the highest marks in Trinidad and Tobago in Public Law, Criminal law, Contract law, Equity & Trusts, Legal System and Method (formerly CLRI), and Tort law over the respective years. In 2017, ILAS achieved 19 individual First Class honors marks at the two exam sessions. Our Alumni also excel at their vocational training, they having topped UK universities as well as Hugh Wooding Law School, St. Augustine. With this in mind, we welcome you into the ILAS family. We hope that your experience would be as enriching and fulfilling as those that came before you as we facilitate deep and active learning. May success be yours!
Dr. Gail Narinesingh
Principal and Founder
Message from the Pro Vice-Chancellor (International)
The University of London International Programmes is the world’s oldest provider of degrees through flexible learning. Our internationally renowned awards have been accessible to students across the world since 1858. Today, we are proud to have more than 54,000 students in over 180 countries.
Teaching institutions have played a central role in the success of the University of London International Programmes over the last 155 years. Not only have they helped us realize our vision of providing a life-changing, high-quality university education to those who could benefit, but they have enhanced the learning experience of countless students.
In recognition of this important role, in 2009 we introduced the Teaching Institutions Recognition Framework to formalize our relationships with teaching institutions. This framework aims to create closer links with selected high-quality teaching institutions around the world, by recognizing those that meet a set of specific quality criteria in respect to the support they provide to International Programmes students.
ILAS is a Registered Centre for the University of London International Programmes. This means that in the considered view of the University of London it demonstrates a commitment to developing high standards in respect of teaching, support to students, and administrative processes. We are delighted that ILAS is a member of our network of recognized centers and we hope that being part of this network will contribute to its ongoing development and result in an even closer relationship with the University of London International Programmes. Ultimately, this will help to ensure that International Programmes students at ILAS have a high quality and rewarding learning experience.
Dr. Mary Stiasny
University of London International Programmes