Legal education in the University of Nairobi

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As the oldest School of Law in Kenya, the University of Nairobi, School of Law has distinguished itself as a hub


of legal scholarship with a strong foundation for training on basic legal concepts, legal advocacy and legal research.


The School of Law has distinguished itself as a center of excellence in research, scholarship and teaching in the following five thematic areas of law:


  1. Financial and Commercial Law;


  1. Democracy, Governance and Law;


  1. Human Rights Law;


  1. Environmental Law; and


  1. International Law.

Above the President of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights Hon. Sophia A. B. Akuffo meets the Deputy Chief Justice Hon. Kalpana Rawal on arrival at the School of Law for a Public Lecture.


Top Management of the School


The School is run by a strong team of legal academics organized around the office of the Dean, the Associate Dean and 3 Departments (Department of Public Law, Department of Private Law and Department of Commercial Law).


School Committees


The offices of the Dean, Associate Dean and Chairs of Department are backed by strong committees in charge of Academic Programmes; Research, Publications and Library; Post graduate Studies; Examinations; Alumni; Staff and Student Welfare among others. These are headed by senior academic staff.


Aware of the growing demand for its services and the quickly expanding population of staff and students, the School has also put in place a Renovation, Refurbishment and Development Committee to work on a



Through its revamped Curriculum, the School of Law is consolidating, harnessing and nurturing its research, scholarship and teaching. The School is intent on:


  1. Making the five thematic areas the embryonic foundation for centres of excellence to facilitate research, enhance pedagogy, and contribute to national and international discourses.


  1. Ensuring that throughout their course of study, students are exposed to the various social, political, and economic dynamics that impact on the nature and operation of the discipline of law.


  1. Offering students a unique learning experience in their fourth year of study by giving them an opportunity to specialize in one of the five thematic areas.


We seek to train and nurture lawyers who not only understand black letter laws, but even more importantly, are able to think “beyond the law box” in order to contribute to the social, economic and political development in Kenya, East Africa and beyond. To achieve these objectives, the School will be banking on its excellence which is evident in its urivalled academic staff contingent comprising 3 Full Professors, 6 Associate Professors, 13 Senior Lecturers, and 48 Lecturers (28 PhD holders and 42 Master of Laws (LL.M) holders) trained locally and internationally. Many of the scholars are internationally renowned and recognized as experts in varied genres of law.


It is this strong team of legal scholars that will steer the School as it continues to play a key role in the development of law and legal education nationally, regionally and internationally. Indeed, current and former scholars of the School have made significant contributions in pioneering and setting the agenda and trajectory for legal issues in the public and private sectors. They have nurtured legal researchers and practitioners who have contributed to the development and growth of endogenous jurisprudence by harnessing the capacity of individual academic staff and students in the focus areas. This has been aided by the fact that the study of law at the University of Nairobi is grounded within and nurtures exemplary legal research and scholarship.


On account of its human resource and infrastructural strength and aware of its trail blazing role and contribution to the development of legal education, the School of Law is the only Law School in Kenya that offers graduate law studies at Master’s and Doctoral levels. Through these programmes, the School has contributed towards nurturing and developing a legal academy and legal academics in Kenya to meet the growing demand for highly trained and qualified law teachers in the country and beyond. It is noteworthy that staff from the School has contributed and continues to contribute to the development of law programmes for


public and private universities nationally and internationally. Some staff members also serve in leadership, advisory and management roles of such universities as chancellors, vice-chancellors and council members.


The University of Nairobi is undoubtedly the training ground for senior university academic staff in public and private universities. In this role, the School of Law and other units of the University have lent support to such universities by granting leave of absence to staff to assist other universities and institutions on the understanding that the staff return after their tour of duty.


The school’s programmes have also equipped other highly trained cadre of legal practitioners nationally, regionally and internationally in crucial spheres in the private and public sectors. Notably, a sizeable part of the Kenyan Bench, members of the Bar engaged in public and private sectors; civil society organizations; and legal academics comprise alumni of the School of Law, University of Nairobi.


In achieving its objectives, the School employs the following methods of delivery: Socratic and Interactive lectures; Seminar discussions; Tutorials; Case studies; Case method; library research; clinical teaching and simulations; presentations; moot courts; externships and role plays.


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