Minimum Admission Requirements

The minimum admission requirements for the Bachelor of Laws programme are:

  1. A mean grade of C+ (Plus) in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education or its equivalent with at least B (Plain) in English or Kiswahili;
  2. At least three Principal Passes in the Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education Examination;
  3. A degree from a recognized University; or
  4. A Credit Pass in a diploma in law examination from an accredited institution, a C (Plain) in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education and a C+ (Plus) in English

Procedure for Application for Admission to the University

  1. Application for undergraduate degree for government sponsored students can be made online through Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Services (KUCCPS) website upon meeting the required cluster points.
  2. Applications for self-sponsored undergraduate degree programme should be addressed to The Registrar (Academic), Kenyatta University on prescribed forms or online by visiting Kenyatta University website (http://admissions.ku.ac.ke/)

Duration of the Programme

The Law Programme takes a minimum of eight (8) semesters of full time attendance of lectures offered at the School. This equates to two semesters per calendar year of sixteen (16) weeks that constitute fourteen (14) weeks of class contact time and two (2) weeks of examinations.

Academic Calendar

The following is a diagrammatic representation of the School’s Calendar indicating the typical milestones in the journey of a new student until completion of their degree course. The intake of new students usually occurs once in September when the University’s academic calendar commences.

 

Sept -Dec

Jan-April

May-Aug

Sept -Dec

Jan-April

May-Aug

Sept-Dec

Jan-April

May-Aug

Sept-Dec

Jan-April

May-Nov

DEC

1/1

1/2

B

2/1

2/2

JA

3/1

3/2

CE

4/1

4/2

Awaiting processing for graduation

G

 KEY

1/1 - First year, First semester

1/2 - First year, Second semester

2/1 - Second year, First semester

2/2 - Second year, Second semester

3/1 - Third year, First Semester

3/2 - Third year, Second Semester

4/1 - Fourth year, First Semester

4/2 - Fourth year, Second Semester

B- Break
JA - Judicial Attachment
CE - Clinical Externship
G - Graduation [December]
KSL - Kenya School of Law [All intakes of fresh
students done in January]

 N/B

All students are expected to adhere to this time-frame except in circumstances permitted by the University Senate at any one time. In such cases, a student may defer their studies subject to the time limits applicable under the relevant Kenyatta University regulations. Where students face difficulties with paying their fees for any semester, they can take the ‘semester off’ by making a formal application to the Registrar (Academic) who communicates the approval in writing.

Mode of Delivery of the Programme

The course units comprising the law programme are undertaken mainly during the semester and involve students attending lectures on a face-to-face basis, or any other mode of delivery authorized by the University.

Each course unit is allocated three hours per week which is broken into two sessions of two and one hour respectively undertaken on separate days of the week. Some course units however are taken ‘out’ of semester and these have a practical element to them.

Students Assessment

Student assessment at Kenyatta University is regulated by University’s Examination Procedures and Policy Guidelines.  The policy outlines procedures for administration of examinations, assessments and processing of results. It also highlights the functions of various examinations boards from Department to Senate levels.

 All units are examined at the end of the semester in which they are taken unless otherwise specified. Only those students who are duly registered are allowed to sit examinations. Each student must attend at least 2/3 of the lectures for a unit in a semester to be allowed to sit for the final examination in that unit.

 Structure of Semester Examinations

Type                                                                                                     Weighting (%)

Examination (Sit-in 2 hours)                                                                        70%

Continuous Assessment Tests (The first CATs is sit-in and

the second is either group work or

individual take away assignment)                                                               30%

 

Total                                                                                                             100%

 

Grading System

Each unit is marked out of 100%. The marks are translated into literal grades as follows:

A - 70% and above

B - 60% - 69%

C - 50% - 59%

D – 40 – 49%

E - (Fail 0- 39)

Graduation and Certification  Requirements

To qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) Programme, a candidate must take and pass a total of at least fifty two (52) course units.  This includes all the units designated as core units in the curriculum and thus mandatory. In addition students must have undertaken and passed the following practical units:

  1. Judicial Attachment – the equivalence of 45 hours of lectures
  2. Clinical Externship – the equivalence of 45 hours of lectures
  3. Public Interest Law and Practice-the equivalence of 45 hours of lectures

 

Classification for Award of Degree

Overall Average Mark                        Degree Classification

70% and above                                       First Class Honours

60% and below 69%                               Second Class Honours (Upper Division)

50% and below 59%                                Second Class (Lower Division)

40% and below 49%                                Pass

 

UNITS OFFERED AT KENYATTA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW UNDER 2016-2020 CURRICULUM

FIRST SEMESTER UNITS

S/NO

UNIT CODE

UNIT NAME

FIRST  YEAR UNITS- ALL CORE

1

LPR 108

LAW OF CONTRACT I

2

LPL 102

TORT 1

3

LPR 102

LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING 1

4

LPR 101

SOCIAL FOUNDATIONS OF LAW

5

LPR 104         

LEGAL SYSTEMS AND METHODS

6

LPL 110

CRIMINAL LAW I

7

UCU 110

COMMUNICATION AND COLLABORATIVE SKILLS

8

UCU 112

CREATIVITY & INNOVATION

SECOND   YEAR UNITS- ALL CORE

1

LPL 207

LAW OF PROPERTY IN LAND I

2

LPL 200

EQUITY

3

LPL 202         

FAMILY LAW         

4

LPR 206

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW II

5

LPR 200

CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

6

LPR 201

EVIDENCE I

7

LPL 214

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

THIRD  YEAR CORE UNITS

1

LCC 307

LAW OF BUSINESS ASSOCIATION I

2

LCC 309

COMMERCIAL LAW I

3

LIL 300

PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW

4

LIL 312

CLINICAL  SEMINAR 1

5

LIL 313

MOOTING II

ELECTIVES

1

LCC 303

INSURANCE LAW

2

LPL 301

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

3

LPR 302

ELECTORAL LAW

4

LPL 302

CHILDREN AND THE LAW

5

LIL 302

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

FOURTH YEAR  CORE UNITS

1

LPR 401

JURISPRUDENCE

2

LPL 401 A

DISSERTATION WRITING I

3

LIL 405

INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW

4

LIL 414

PUBLIC INTEREST LAW AND PRACTICE I

ELECTIVES

1

LCC 401

BANKING LAW

2

LCC 403

COMPETITION LAW

3

LCC 400

TAX  LAW

4

LIL 400

INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND INVESTMENTS LAW

5

LIL 402

LAW OF  SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

6

LPL 402

LAW AND GENDER RELATIONSHIPS

 

SECOND SEMESTER UNITS

S/NO

UNIT CODE

UNIT NAME

FIRST  YEAR UNITS- ALL CORE

1

LPR 109

LAW OF CONTRACT II

2

LPL 103

TORT II

3

LIL  100

MOOTING I

4

LPL 104       

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW I

5

LPL 111

CRIMINAL LAW II

6

UCU 111

INTRODUCTION TO CRITICAL THINKING AND PROBLEM SOLVING

SECOND YEAR UNITS- ALL CORE

1

LPL 208

LAW OF PROPERTY IN LAND II

2

LPL  201

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION (ADR)

3

LPL  204

PROFESSIONAL ETHICS AND RESPONSIBILITY

4

LPL 203

CIVIL PROCEDURE

5

LPR 211

LAW OF TRUSTS

6

LPL 205

LAW OF SUCCESSION

7

LPR 203

EVIDENCE II

8

LPL 216

HUMAN RIGHTS LAW

9

LPR 205

JUDICIAL ATTACHMENT (TRIMESTER UNIT)

THIRD YEAR CORE

1

LCC 308

LAW OF BUSINESS ASSOCIATION II

2

LIL 303

CONFLICT OF LAWS

3

LCC 310

COMMERCIAL LAW II

4

LIL 316

CLINICAL SEMINAR II

5

LPL 314

LEGAL AND RESEARCH  WRITING II

6

LPR 400

CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP (TRIMESTER UNIT)

ELECTIVES

1

LIL 301

INTERNATIONAL  DISPUTE RESOLUTION

2

LPR 303

LEGAL AND LEGISLATIVE  DRAFTING

3

LIL 304

INTERNATIONAL  LAW OF THE  SEA

4

LIL 305

EAST AFRICAN REGIONAL LAW

FOURTH YEAR CORE

1

LPL 401B

DISSERTATION WRITING II

2

LPL 400

LABOUR LAW

3

LCC 411

ENTREPRENEURSHIP  FOR  LAWYERS

4

LIL 415

PUBLIC INTEREST LAW AND PRACTICE II

ELECTIVES

1

LIL  406

LAW OF REFUGEES AND IDPs

2

LCC 404

CONSUMER PROTECTION

3

LCC 405

INFORMATION COMMUNICATION AND TECHNOLOGY LAW

4

LIL 401

INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW

5

LIL 403

INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL  LAW     

6

LIL 407

LAW OF INTERNATIONAL  ORGANIZATIONS

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