The Law and Politics Society is a student organization at LUMS that hopes to encourage legal and political discourse on national and international issues. It aspires to enable students to understand the application of legal principles, and overcome obstacles in actual legal practice by addressing real-life situations through quality debate. Therefore, the LPS aims to cultivate in students at LUMS and abroad an interest in the professional aspect of law and politics through debates, panel discussions, and moots.
Under its inspirational patron, Professor Sikander Ahmed Shah, the LPS has become a n upholder of hard work and academic proficiency. Membership to the Law and Politics society is earned through academic excellence and sincere commitment to the Society’s aims. The society is composed of a majority of law students, but also those belonging to streams as diverse as Computer Science, Economics and Finance.
The Law and Politics Society at LUMS is known for arranging discussions and debates where well-known academics, activists, lawyers, politicians, television personalities and journalists are invited to speak on key political and legal issues. Speakers that have previously been invited to speak on LPS events include Imran Khan, Jibran Nasir, Pervez Hoodboy, the DG ISPR and Hina Rabbani Khar. The subjects of debate include amendments to the Pakistani Constitution, Pakistani Foreign Policies, and areas of International Human Rights Law. LPS events also include off- campus seminars and presentations. The Society does not hesitate to open debates on controversial issues, and during its activities, students are urged to question and criticize speakers while respecting views contrasting with their own. LPS events attract large audiences of students, faculty, alumni and the administration alike.
The society regularly organizes moots to help students get a feel of the legal profession, with practicing lawyers and members of the judiciary as judges. The LPS also works hard to arrange for prestigious internship opportunities with international organizations such as United Nations. An internship could involve assisting lawyers, conducting fieldwork, or carrying out research. The LPS keeps information on major law firms and Non-Governmental Organizations in the field of politics and law, so that students who are interested in interning or working with them can correspond with the organizations of their choice.