In addition to conducting regular classes, the Faculty of Law also offers an excellent undergraduate program called the International Program for Law and Shariah (IPOLS). This program offers some benefits to the students, such as the improvement in the foreign language ability, the development of an international insight, adequate teaching and learning facilities, opportunities to attend lectures and addresses by guest lecturers from foreign countries, opportunities to join sit-in program and student exchange programs abroad.
This program is part Faculty of Law’s vision to produce law graduates with good intellectual and moral qualities who possess the foreign language ability required in the working world. This program is designed to produce ideal law graduates who are in line with the vision and mission of the Faculty of Law, and able to respond to the developing market needs in this global era.
Upon joining this program, students unable to reach the required standard will join an English language ability development program during their first year to reach the TOEFL score of 500. Then, some lectures will be conducted in English starting in the third semester. The experience of using English actively is expected to motivate the students to be able to communicate well in English, so that when they graduate they will be ready to face the competition in finding jobs in a very competitive global era.
Since its establishment, this program has brought positive effects for the students in terms of English language ability and confidence as law students who are ready to face competition. In the last three years, the Faculty of Law’s English Debate Team has been in three big competitions amongst faculties at UMY and has also prepared to seek competition experience in Yogyakarta and national levels.
The International Program for Law and Shariah (IPOLS) was initiated four years ago by the establishment of a special class program as the embryo. Each year this program has been improved by providing qualified lecturers and initiating international cooperation. The program has had four generations, and every year the number of students joining this program increases.
One of the international standards which was established and initiated by this program is the student exchange program between the students and lecturers of the UMY Faculty of Law and Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia (FH IIU Malaysia). At the end of 2007, the Faculty of Law sent four students on a one-month-exchange program at IIU Malaysia. In April 2008, the IIU Malaysia Faculty of Law sent ten students to study for a month at UMY. This student exchange program has triggered the establishment of the international academic atmosphere in the Faculty of Law environment, so that the students are continuously motivated to develop themselves.
In addition, a Lecturer Exchange Program was conducted by both institutions. In December 2007, a UMY Faculty of Law lecturer, Iwan Satriawan, S.H., MCL, delivered a public lecture on the Indonesian Legal System at Faculty of Law of IIU Malaysia; and in April 2008, two lecturers from Faculty of Law IIU Malaysia delivered public lectures in the Faculty of Law UMY, namely, Dr. Kharil Azmin Mokhtar and Dr. Mohammad Iqbal Abdul Wahab.
The international program is also enriched by the Weekly Academic Meeting Program by holding routine academic and Islamic study by the Faculty of Law UMY. In mid 2008, Mr. Mike, a muallaf from England, was invited to speak on the topic of Sharing On Religious Experience, Why Do I Embrace Islam?
Why Study at IPOLS ?
The Faculty of Law has excellent qualities and reputation:
- the excellence of education paradigm
The integration of Islamic values and science is applied in developing the curriculum, teaching/learning process, as well as providing student guidance, so that the graduates of the Faculty of Law will possess comprehensive scientific insight.
- the excellence of curriculum
The curriculum of the Law Science study program is designed in such a way as to produce graduates with a good comprehension of both common and Shariah laws, as well as possessing various excellent competencies. The curriculum is updated regularly in the hope that it can face the challenge of the legal world.
- the excellence of teaching/learning methods
The teaching/learning methods refer to the paradigm of student centered learning (SCL) which is fully supported by representative education facilities. In an effort to improve the teaching learning quality, an introduction to the problem based learning method (PBL) has commenced.
- the excellence of students guidance
During studying at the UMY Faculty of Law, in an effort to maintain the balance in students personality development so that they will become leading and enlightening Muslim Law graduates, the students are guided through some models and stages:
Religious guidance through the orientation program on Basic Islamic Study (OSDI) and Islamic Religion Guidance (PAI);
Guidance on motivation through a Motivation Day Program;
Guidance in organizational and leadership ability through students affairs units;
Improvement in foreign languages ability through Law English Club and Law Arabic Club;
Development in careers through the Career Development Centre (CDC).
Guidance for students through the Research Community, Debate Community, Moot Court Community, and Students Writer Community.
In completing and finishing their studies, each student is guided by an academic lecturer consultant. Academic guidance is an assistance provided by the academic lecturer consultant for students in making decisions, conducting self-adaptation, and solving problems dealing both with academic activities and Islamic matters, so that the students are able to attain optimal achievement in accordance with the students potential and finish their study based on the students learning acceleration.
International Program for Law and Shariah (IPOLS) curriculum
Further information regarding the curriculum and courses, please access the information below and for more information, please visit IPOLS offical websites or contact University Admission and International Relations Office (IRO) Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta