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By Mamun Muhommod 
The Bangladesh Chapter of Network for International Law Students (NILS), an international, independent, non-political and non-profit organization contributing to the legal field of education, has organized the first ever Law Career Workshop in Bangladesh coupled with exclusive internship opportunity, titled ‘Career opportunity: Way to thriving legal industry’, in association with Department of Law, University of Chittagong, at A K Khan Law Faculty Auditorium on 5th January 2018. More than 500 enthusiastic law students from 25 different universities of Bangladesh attended the workshop spontaneously.

The workshop was auspicated by the welcoming speech of Ms. Nasrin Sultana, President of NILS Bangladesh, who warmly welcomed the participants of the workshop, presented an overview of the past activities of NILS and clarified about its aims & objectives as well.

Following the inauguration ceremony, two sessions of the workshop were held. The first session was composed of lectures given by distinguished guest speakers of the workshop. Senior District & Sessions Judge (Retd.) Md. Masdar Hossain, media personnel & news presenter of Channel 24 as well as Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh, Mr. Manzur Al Matin & Assistant Professor of Department of Law, University of Chittagong, Mr. Saeed Ahsan Khalid got the floor in that session. Honorable guest speakers exhibited a crystal clear view of the opportunities for law students in professional career before the participants as well as provided accessory tips, techniques and directions regarding how to grab those opportunities.

Following that, an interactive session was held between the panel speakers and the participants of the workshop. The session was repleted with the presence of highly qualified professional personalities of the legal field. The Senior Assistant Secretary of Legislative and Parliamentary Affairs Division, Ministry of Law, Justice & Parliamentary Affairs, Masoma Zaman, Assistant Director (Legal) of Bangladesh Bank, Mr. Jahed Hoshen, Deputy Secretary of Finance Ministry, Tonima Tasnim, Senior ASP, Immigration In-Charge of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Mr. Mansur Alam Kaderi, Lieutenant of JAG Branch of Bangladesh Navy, Mr. Faruqul Islam, Metropolitan Magistrate of Chittagong, Mr. Mohammad Al Imran Khan and two advocates of Bangladesh Supreme Court, Barrister Suhan Khan and Mr. Mokarramus Shaklan appeared as the panel speakers before the participants in that session. The respected panel speakers presented short speeches on and about their profession with necessary directions for the students. Afterwards, the floor was open for the participants to place their queries before the speakers. The curious participants placed their queries and got satisfactory responses from the speakers. The session came to conclusion.

The inauguration ceremony was chaired by the Dean of Faculty of Law, University of Chittagong, Professor A B M Abu Noman while Vice Chancellor of Chittagong University, Professor Dr. Iftekhar Uddin Chowdhury ornamented the ceremony as the Chief Guest. Christine Richardson, Chairman & Associate Professor of Department of Land Law & Management, Jagannath University and Md. Masdar Hossain, Senior District & Sessions Judge (Rtd.) facilitated the ceremony as special guests.

Moreover, upon the whole day’s performance, one of the participants was awarded the best performer of the workshop and certificate of participation was given to all the participants of the workshop.

The writer is a student of law at the University of Chittagong.