Law is involved in various aspects of the people in the society: in public service, business operation and everyday life. A survey of students studying for a bachelor’s degree in law in state universities in Bangkok indicates that a relatively high number of law students are from the Southern provinces of Thailand. This indicates that law has been a popular subject among people in the South. Since the promulgation of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand BE 2540 (1997), various reforms have been made in the judicial system, related government agencies and independent organizations. As a result, legal trained personnel are increased in demand to accommodate the establishment of such organizations as the Constitutional Court, Administrative Court, Court of Justice, Election Commission, State Audit Commission, Parliamentary Ombudsman, Department of Special Investigation, National Human Rights Commission and Central Institute of Forensic Science. In addition, there is a huge demand for law professors by several universities which recognize the significance of law in general. In response to such demand, the faculty of law has been established in many newly established universities nationwide. The fact that a high income earned by people in law profession such as judges, arbitrators, prosecutors, special investigators is a reason for attracting people into this profession.
Thaksin University is located in Songkhla Province, which is the center of government agencies responsible for judicial affairs. As the seat of the province, the city of Sonkhla serves as the headquarters for provincial court, administrative court, office of prosecutor, Office of Administrative Law District 9, Office of State Attorney Region 9 and Police Headquarters Region 9. These establishments are ideal for accommodating internship and practical training for law students and in employing graduates of law school. Therefore, the project for the establishment of the Faculty of Law was initiated at Thaksin University on June 3, 2004 under the leadership of Associate Professor Somboon Chittaphong, then rector of the University. A committee for the establishment of the faculty under the university’s instruction No. 772/2547 consisted of the following list.
1. Assoc. Professor Dr. Somkhit Lertphaithoon, Chairman;
2. Deputy Rector for Academic Affairs committee (Dr. Somsak Chokeukul) Committee Member;
3. Asst. Prof. Dr. Kittiphong Hungsapruek, Committee Member;
4. Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (Asst. Prof. Phinyo Tanphittayakup),
5. Mr. Aphichart Thepnoo, Committee Member;
6. Mr. Sattaya Aruntharee, Committee Member;
7. Mr. Trirat Juimanee, Committee Member and Secretary.
The committee was responsible for drafting the curriculum and the establishment of the Faculty of Law by setting up a 5-year program in bachelor of laws for high school graduates or equivalent starting in the first semester of the 2005 academic year. The faculty also offered a 3-year program in bachelor of laws for bachelor’s degree holders in any field of study, starting at the end of the 2004 academic year. Classes for this program were held outside of office hours on Friday (17:00-20:00 hours) and on Saturday and Sunday (08:00-17:00 hours).
The University Council has approved the establishment of the Faculty of Law as an agency of the University on September 25, 2004, the day recognized as the anniversary of its establishment of the faculty. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Somkhit Lertphaithoon serves as the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Law. Its office is located on the 3rd Floor, Room No. 735 (Office of the Rector). Classes are held at Room 736-738 and 744.