Law School in the West Indies

When I decided I wanted to work in the British Caribbean, either as a lawyer or in the financial services industry, I realized I had to go back to school. In order to be “called to the bar” in the region, a graduate of a US law school has to complete a six month course in British Caribbean law at one of the three schools accredited by the Council of Legal Education. I chose to attend Eugene Dupuch Law School, in Nassau, Bahamas, the newest and smallest of the three schools. My decision was based on the fact that I love the Bahamas and its people–among the warmest and happiest in the world—and it gave me the opportunity to make weekend visits to the Exumas.
After almost 30 years after getting my J.D., it took some adjusting to be back in school. And it was quite different from NYU, a private law school in New York’s Greenwich Village. Students at Eugene Dupuch are required to dress professionally every day for class. That means suit and tie for men—even in the 90+ degree weather. Class attendance is mandatory. Attendance is taken. Bahamians are a believing people. I was pleasantly stunned when at the opening ceremony for the school year, Deputy Prime Minister “Brave” Davis quoted extensively from the Bible, and our opening luncheon was preceded by an invocation.
I definitely stood out. I was the only white student and the only person not from the Bahamas or other areas of the West Indies. The Bahamas is a small country. Everyone knows everyone else. I did not know anyone prior to my arrival, but I was warmly welcomed and I have good memories of the interactions with fellow students and faculty. I met many ambitious and highly intelligent people.
Last week I received official confirmation that I had successfully completed the programme and presently would receive my Legal Education Certificate. I want to publicly thank the administration, faculty and students at Eugene Dupuch for an unforgettable experience.

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