The University of
Human Development Law Department hosted a seminar for the Head of the Court of
Appeals in Sulaymaniyah, Judge Jasm Jaza Jafir, at Professor Dr Ali Qaradaghi Hall
on Saturday, 2nd December 2023. The seminar's focus was students’
future careers and how best they can prepare for the challenges.
The Dean of the
College of Law and Politics, Asst Prof. Dr Kanaan Hamagharib Abdullah, welcomed
Judge Jafir on the stage and presented him to the audience who were all
students of the Law Department. The judge spoke from his experience to advise
students on what they should do now and what to expect after graduation.
He explained the
different legal professions that holders of law degrees can have and focused on
the most common occupation which is being a lawyer. His advice was that as a
student: they should listen well to their teachers and take the study courses
very seriously. There is no time to waste, he said, on social media or using
screens for entertainment. Instead, students can try learning the Arabic
language because no lawyer is a good lawyer without Arabic – most legal
recourses in Iraq are available in Arabic, and all the court cases are written
and processed in Arabic except in the three governorates of the Kurdistan
And as a lawyer,
professionalism, honesty, impartiality, diligence and integrity are some
important work ethics that lawyers must observe, Judge Jafir added. He said
that lawyers must follow evidence and act based on facts, not temptation or self-interest.
He also said that as lawyers they should not feel in a rush to get promoted;
they need to take things slowly, one step at a time, and learn from every
failure. He advised them to read the legal books and at the same time not to feel
shy to ask experts and honourable judges questions regarding legal matters.
The seminar ended with
questions from the students. It lasted about an hour and a half.