Għaqda Studenti Tal-Liġi (Malta Law Students’ Society) is a faculty-based non-profit organisation at the University of Malta that represents all law students within the Faculty of Laws. GħSL was set up by a group of law students in 1943, led by Joseph Ganado, who later became Professor of Civil Law at the Faculty of Laws of the University of Malta. Today, Prof. Ganado is considered one of the pillars of the Maltese legal profession.
Law students elect executive members to the GħSL Board to represent their best interests within the faculty, while Class Representatives are appointed from every year of the law course to maintain the best possible communication between the Society, the Faculty of Laws and the students themselves.
The organisation plays a pivotal role in law students’ academic and social life at the University of Malta. GħSL seeks to be at the forefront of local and international legal policies; naturally of interest to law students. The organisation is responsible for the distribution of authoritative law notes and past papers published by GħSL and the University of Malta, and also organizes several seminars and conferences which are often addressed by leading local and foreign speakers.
GħSL has undergone a complete revamp, with new blood giving a fresh image to the organisation’s already solid foundation. The yearly social calendar focuses on organizing a variety of parties; among these are Fresher’s, end of exams, and summer parties. Most notable in GħSL’s social calendar is the yearly ball, more recently the seminar for law students, and participation in charitable events such as the President’s Fun Run. Such events help strengthen the link between the organization and law student body, as well as with other university students. As part of its holistic approach to university life, GħSL makes an effort to keep in close contact with the various organisations on campus.
The organization has also been responsible for publishing ‘Id-Dritt’ Law Journal, first released in 1944, when a number of law students started publishing the very first University of Malta law journal. Today, this journal has gained wide popularity among law students and professionals alike, with the 25th edition being published in 2014. In an attempt to facilitate access to important legal material, the organization set up the GħSL ‘Online Law Journal’, providing students, professionals, and the general public with a myriad of information. These articles and legal commentaries are updated frequently to keep up with the ever-changing legal forum.
GħSL also boasts its own Thesis Library, located at the Faculty of Laws. It contains a collection of theses written by students at the culmination of their legal education at the University of Malta, as well as a number of books and foreign journals kindly donated by the organisation’s benefactors. These materials are an invaluable source of information for research and study, and can be borrowed for a time period from the library itself.