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International Program (American Cooperation Program)  


ELBBL is a small program with seventy students, projecting an enrollment of ninety students in 2010. Students enter the program after completing the foundation year in law at RULE or having completed a bachelor’s degree in another discipline. Students must have strong intermediate English language skills as there is no English language instruction in this program.  The program does not envision an enrollment of more than one hundred students at any time in the foreseeable future. The most important benefit a student derives from a legal education is that it heightens analytic thinking, legal writing and analysis and oral presentation skills. This type of teaching is labor intensive and the resources to teach these skills on a large scale are not presently available. As the ELBBL educates its students, it is our hopes that a new generation pf law professors is being prepared.  

By holding classes at night, the ELBBL has been able to tap into the considerable talent pool of attorneys, both national and international, who are writing the nation’s laws, representing interests internationally, and structuring the commercial transactions that fuel the economy. The modest tuition charged by the ELBBL could not support the faculty that has been assembled. The program owes an enormous debt of gratitude to the US State Department which has sent four Fulbright scholars over the years.

As the national law school, RULE has the responsibility of preparing students to represent the Kingdom internationally at the United Nations, the International Court of Justice, Asean proceedings or at any of the multiple forums where nations intersect. The relevant law can only be accessed in English and the nation needs attorneys who can effectively make oral arguments in English, in rapid response, on the world stage. International experts have generously volunteered their time teaching courses in international public law, international criminal law and human rights law. These courses are taught at a high standard, requiring students to read legal opinions of international tribunals.

The ELBBL program also places a strong emphasis on commercial law. Most significant commercial transactions, international banking, sales of goods, and infrastructure development projects are all in English. In many transactions, there are be a stipulations that the laws of a foreign country will apply. Lawyers need to be able to access the law and explain to their client how the foreign law will affect their rights and whether the stipulation is advisable. Time is often of the essence and there is no time for translators to act as intermediaries.

As a small program, the ELBBL is able to offer guidance and counseling to its students. Through a combination of relevant education and individual attention, ELBBL graduates have achieved nearly universal employment upon graduation. ELBBL students have had outstanding success in qualifying for scholarships in developed countries: Japan ( Nagoya University, University of Yokahama), Singapore (National University of Singapore South Korea (Transnational Law and Business University); United States  American University (Florida State University, University of Michigan, Temple University , Columbia University, University of Hawaii,  University of San Francisco).

ELBBL students have begun to compete in international law competitions. In 2008 and 2009, ELBBL students won the national rounds of the International Client Counseling Competition and went onto the international rounds. This year, the ELBBL students advanced to the semi-finals, defeating teams from Canada, New Zealand, Scotland and Ireland in what proved to be a dramatic upset.  In 2009, ELBBL sent Cambodia’s first team to the International Jessup Moot Court Competitions in Washington DC. The international competitions proved to be such a good learning experience that the program hopes to expand its participation 2010.


Course offered for Undergraduate Special Law Program

 (English Language Based-Program)

Foundational Year Program (Year 1)

Year 2

Year 3

Year 3

Contract Law

Criminal Law

History of Khmer Institutions

Legal Writing & Analysis I

Tort Law

Intellectual Property Law

Human Rights Law

Public International Law

Family Law

Business Organizations

Legal Analysis & Writing II

Private International Law

Secured Transactions

Tax Law

Legal Analysis & Writing III

Constitutional Law

Civil Code

Research Project

Court Procedure

Labor Law

Asean Legal Systems

Land Law