Units offered at the Department of Public Law:


Unit Code and Title

Sem 1

Sem 2


Level 100




LPL 101: Social Foundations of Law (Core)




LPL 102: Legal Research and Writing I (Core)




LPL 105: Criminal Law I (Core)




LPL 106: Constitutional Law I (Core)




LPL 107: Legal Systems and Methods (Core)




LPL 111: Criminal Law II (Core)




Level 200




LPL 210: Criminal Procedure (Core)




LPL 211: Evidence I (Core)




LPL 212: Constitutional Law II (Core)




LPL 213: Evidence II (Core)




LPL 214: Administrative Law (Core)




LPL 215: Judicial Attachment (Out of Semester) (Core)




LPL 216: Human Rights Law




Level 300




LPL 311: Electoral Law (Elective)




LPL 315: Legal and Legislative Drafting (Elective)




LPL 314: Legal Research and Writing II (Core)








Level 400




LPL 404: Labour Law (Core)




LPL 405: Jurisprudence (Core)




Examinations are carried out to the highest standards at Department of Public Law as is expected by the University. The examination questions and results are moderated at departmental level to ensure quality in the setting as well as marking of examinations. External examiners are regularly invited to assess the processes to ascertain quality.


The vast majority of course units at KUSOL are graded in line with the University system which is as follows:

70% -100%           -           A (Excellent)

60% - 69%            -           B (Good)

50% - 59%            -           C (Satisfactory)

40% - 49%            -           D (Poor)

0 – 39%                 -           E (Fail)



For the award of the Bachelor of Laws Degree, a candidate must pass at least fifty two (52) course units. This comprises all the units designated as core units in the School curriculum, by the Council of Legal Education and University Common Units (UCUs). The degree is awarded based on the average score in at least 52 passed and classified as follows:

  • First Class Honours 70-100%
  • Second Class Honours (Upper Division) 60-69%
  • Second Class (Lower Division) 50 -59% ; and
  • Pass 40-49%

News and Events:

Hon’ble Peter Muholi, Senior Resident Magistrate, Milimani Commercial Courts delivered a lecture on The Basics of Civil and Criminal Procedure on 14th November 2016 at the Department.




  • Library: It is well-equipped with acclaimed core texts, national and international journals in addition to a huge collection of legal treatises and references, published in Kenya and abroad. Various facilities including online journals and law related software are made available in the interest of the students.
  • Hostel: The Department of Public Law provides hostel facility to both girls and boys.
  • Computer Center: There is internet savvy computer lab to cater for the pressing needs of the students.
  • Class presentation through LCD Projector with Audio / Video facility, etc.

Contact Information:

Kenyatta University, Department of Public Law, P.O. Box, 43844-00100, Parklands, Nairobi, Kenya.

Tel.      :           +254-020-3749125/ 3743906 ext. 4811

Fax      :           +254-020-3749126

Mobile :           +254-0715385661/738360874

E-mail :           This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Welcome to the Department of Public Law!
The Department of Public Law is fully committed to building advocates who, in rapidly changing legal and political environment, are well equipped personally and professionally to model the highest ideals of the legal profession as entrepreneurs, counselors, litigators, dispute resolvers, problem-solvers and a myriad other ways that professionals trained in the law serve their clients and society at large.
It is important to note that Kenyatta University, School of Law alumni have excelled in life. Most members are not only practicing in private law firms, corporate sector, etc., but they are also Government advisors, Judges, Magistrates, elected leaders and/or law lecturers. As such, once a student graduates from the School and becomes a member of the Law Society of Kenya, any place s/he goes whether in a classroom, Bench, boardroom, Courtroom or in a State office, s/he will probably be welcomed by Kenyatta University, School of Law alumni.
I therefore commend those who have chosen to pursue a career in law at the Department of Public Law and trust they will forever consider Kenyatta University, School of Law as their first step into the legal profession that truly propels them to make a difference in their community, State and the world at large.

Chairman: Dr. Ratemo Tom Junior.

The Department of Public Law is one of the four Departments of the School of Law. It entirely aligns itself with the Vision, Mission and Philosophy of the School.
Vision:            A premier law school educating legal entrepreneurs of conscience, competence, and compassion with the ability to meet the challenges of leadership and the administration of justice in Africa and beyond.
Mission:         To provide legal education and scholarship of the highest standards through developing cutting edge professional competencies, promoting entrepreneurship, and increasing sensitivity to community needs in order to ensure global competences.
Philosophy:    The School philosophy draws from the elements and logic of the University Philosophy and consists of the following three basic elements:

  1. Teaching: We believe that legal education should employ robust theoretical inquiry, doctrinal and policy analysis and professional skills. Because the law is dynamic, students need to be equipped to deal with change and to exercise sound judgment and creativity in offering solutions for problems of individuals, institutions, and nations. As such, and also as part of a sterling research University, our programme progressively will integrate opportunities for interdisciplinary study.
  2. Scholarship: We believe that all faculty should be committed to the broader mission of education that is accomplished through exploration, discussion and dissemination of ideas. This will entail among other things seeking a better understanding of existing law, to develop and test new ideas and approaches, to challenge status quo, and to convey our research and ideas to lawyers, academics, policy makers, and the wider world. The philosophies and approaches of faculty can and should vary widely in pursuing this mission, but all are expected to produce notable work.
  3. Public Service: For the privilege of being part of an honored profession, we believe that our faculty and students all have obligations to the Department, School, University, the profession and local and global communities. Moreover, a commitment to service is an ingredient of a full and satisfying life. Accordingly, members of the Department will contribute their time and talents in pursuit of the Department’s mission in ways that match their individual interests and abilities. As part of a public institution committed to public service, the Department strives to instill in students an awareness of a lawyer’s civic responsibilities, and the need to create opportunities to serve and lead.

In line with the Department’s reputation, and in tune with the Council of Legal Education requirements, and more importantly, to focus on contemporary social requirements and realities, the Department over the years, has adopted a number of thrust areas in its LL.B. Programme. The Programme is conceived in global terms, permitting students to have some familiarity with judicial processes and constitutional experiences beyond Kenya’s frontiers, but under the international umbrella, they are free to pursue their particular interests in Kenyan and East African comparative judicial behaviour, legal philosophy or any other area of concern that is part of the traditional Public Law curriculum.
The faculties at the Department upgrade the Course Outlines periodically to meet the new challenges and exigencies in the concerned areas of Law.

Being experts in an institution of international reputation, members of the Department are actively engaged in a wide ranging array of programs within the university and outside Campus i.e., programs involving the public, governmental institutions and agencies, companies, etc. The members also offer services that include consultancy and legal opinion, law curricula development, public law seminars and legal advice. Besides, the academic staffs supervise Masters and Ph.D., students in addition to furthering their research areas of interest and expertise.

 Currently, there are eleven staff members within the Department. The Head of Department is the person in charge of the Department and is assisted by the rest of the staff members.

The office for administration of the Department is housed at the Kenyatta University, School of Law new building, fifth floor. The office of the Head of the Department is located within the Department. The offices of the lecturers are also at the same level. All staff members can be contacted directly through their office telephones, e-mail, fax or through the School of Law Administration.


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