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Our History

Our History

The Truman Bodden Law School was founded in George Town, Grand Cayman, in 1982, by the Governor of the Cayman Islands, to provide legal training for Caymanian individuals seeking to enter the legal profession. TBLS is part of the Cayman Islands Government’s Portfolio of Legal Affairs, headed by the Attorney General and all TBLS lecturers are also members of the Cayman Islands Attorney General’s Chambers.

TBLS has delivered its undergraduate Bachelor of Laws LLB (Honours) degree in conjunction with the University of Liverpool since 1987. The University of Liverpool is a leading academic institution in the UK and member of the distinguished Russell Group. Our lecturers are recognised law teachers of the University of Liverpool; our students are its students; our graduates are its graduates.

In 2002, our LLB obtained qualifying law degree (QLD) status, meaning that it is recognised by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board as the academic stage of training for those wishing to enter the legal professions. At the same time, our affiliation with the University of Liverpool was formalised when the Attorney General of the Cayman Islands and the Vice-Chancellor of the University signed an Institutional Agreement, cementing the strong relationship between the institutions.

To celebrate our 30th anniversary, in 2012, Sir Howard Newby, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, attended our graduation ceremony Grand Cayman. We also officially launched our alumni association.


In August 2014, a senior delegation of University officials, including Sir Howard Newby and the University’s Public Orator, were again in attendance at graduation for the conferral (for only the second time in the Cayman Islands) of the University’s Honorary LL.D Degree on Mr Truman Bodden OBE, in recognition of his role in the establishment of the law school in 1982, and after whom the law school is named.

Our Professional Practice Course, the vocational training course for students wishing to enter the legal profession here in Cayman is operated under the auspices of the Legal Advisory Council. Since 2017, this programme has been delivered in partnership with Oxford Brookes University (“OBU”), which awards a postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice to successful PPC candidates. Graduates of the programme are now eligible to pursue further study with OBU leading to the University’s Master of Laws in Legal Practice. The first graduates from this new postgraduate partnership received their University Diplomas at the law school’s graduation ceremony in July 2018.

The Autumn of 2018 saw the introduction of our Master of Laws / Postgraduate Diploma in International Finance: Law and Regulation which addresses legal and policy aspects of international finance. It is a full-time and part-time programme, designed to service the needs of Caymanian and international law practices and those whose career or interests lies in the field of international finance. This programme is also validated and awarded by the University of Liverpool.

Last Updated 2020-08-07