Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at Kenyatta University

Someone once said that arguing with a lawyer is like wrestling with a pig in the mud. Sooner or later – you will realize that it is enjoying!

(Oooh noooo. I have made a bad joke about lawyers and now the person who is reading this post will become a lawyer in the future and sue me!)

Comrade, I apologize. No litigation is necessary now.

Jokes aside, today I decided to make a post that would serve as a guide to students who would like to pursue a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at Kenyatta University.

I had noticed that the guides out here on the internet provided incomplete and scattered information regarding the course.

Tip: LLB is the abbreviation of the Latin Word Legum Baccalaureus. Legum, the plural of Lex, stands for law while Baccalaureus stands for ‘Bachelors Degree’. Then Latin plurals mostly double the first letter (for example pp for pages) hence the word LLB.

What Does LLB entail?

Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at Kenyatta University is an academic program that equips students with the knowledge to become bar practitioners, judicial officers, corporate lawyers, and in-house counsels.

Most graduates from the KU School of Law (KUSOL) have proceeded to renowned law schools globally.

After graduation, students can choose from different law fields such as:

  • Business / Corporate Law
  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Finance and Securities Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)
  • Intellectual Properties Law
  • Family Law
  • Estate Planning Law
  • Tax Law
  • Criminal Defense Law
  • Traffic Law
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Bankruptcy Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Digital Media and Internet Law
  • Entertainment Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Legal Malpractice and Professional Responsibility Law

Entry / Admission Requirements

To be admitted into the LLB program at Kenyatta University, students should have the following minimum requirements:

  1. A Mean grade of C+ in KCSE, with at least B (Plain) in English or Kiswahili
  2. At least 3 Principal passes in KACE
  3. A degree from a recognized institution.
  4. A Credit Pass in Diploma in Law exam from a recognized institution, with a C plain in KCSE and a C+ (plus) in English.

INTAKES

Intakes for the LLB are once per year in September.

The following diagram shows the diagrammatical journey the student follow throughout their stay at KU:

September – December

First Year, First Semester

January – April

First Year, Second Semester

May-August

Break

September – December

Second Year, First Semester

January – April

Second Year, Second Semester

May-August

Judicial attachment

September – December

Third Year, First Semester

January – April

Third Year, Second Semester

May-August

Clinical Externship

September – December

Fourth Year, First Semester

January – April

Fourth Year, Second Semester

May – November

Awaiting Processing for Graduation

December

GRADUATION

Then in January of the following year, you proceed for a one-year Diploma in Law at Kenya School of Law, failure to which you won’t be allowed to practice law.

Unless under an avoidable circumstance such as lack of school fees, the course must be completed within 4 years.

In such a case, students are allowed to call off the semester by writing a letter to the Academic Registrar.

Cluster Points for Bachelor of Law at Kenyatta University

Self-sponsored students should apply for the course by visiting http://admissions.ku.ac.ke/.

KUCCPS students should take note of the following Cluster Points:

  • 2021 – undefined
  • 2020 – 41.410
  • 2019 – 41.336
  • 2018 – 39.437
  • 2017 – 39.299

School of Law Fee Structure

Self-sponsored students taking this course pay Kes. 150,000 per year if they are East African nationals. For non-East Africans, the tuition fee is Kes. 187,000 p.a. Statutory fee is Kes. 26,000.

KUCCPS students usually pay lower than their SSP counterparts and I have uploaded their fee structure here. 

Units / Course Outline

As we have seen, this degree course takes four years. Within this time, the following units are taken:

FIRST-YEAR UNITS

LPR 104: LEGAL SYSTEMS AND METHODS (CLE CORE)

LCC 100: THE LAW OF CONTRACT I (CLE CORE)

LPR 101: SOCIAL FOUNDATIONS OF LAW

LPR 102: LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING (CLE CORE)

LPL 102: TORTS 1 (CLE CORE)

LCC 102: LAW OF CONTRACT II

LPL 103: TORTS II

LPR 106: CONSTITUTIONAL LAW I

LPR 100: CRIMINAL LAW I

LPR 107: ADMINISTRATIVE LAW

SECOND YEAR UNITS

LPR 200: CRIMINAL PROCEDURE

LPR 201: EVIDENCE I

LPL 200: EQUITY

LPR 207: CRIMINAL LAW II

LPL 202: FAMILY LAW

LPR 206: CONSTITUTIONAL LAW II

LPL 207: LAW OF PROPERTY IN LAND I

LPL 203: CIVIL PROCEDURE

LPL 203: EVIDENCE II

LPL 204: PROFESSIONAL ETHICS AND RESPONSIBILITY

LPL 205: LAW OF SUCCESSION

LPL 208: LAW OF PROPERTY IN LAND II

LPL 209: CUSTOMARY LAW IN KENYA

LPL 201: ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION

LPR 206: JUDICIAL ATTACHMENT (OUT OF SEMESTER)

THIRD-YEAR UNITS

LIL 300: PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW

LCC 307: LAW OF BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS I

LCC 305: TRUSTS

LCC 309: COMMERCIAL LAW I

LPR 302: ELECTORAL LAW

LIL 302: ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

LCC 303: INSURANCE LAW

LPL 301: INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW

LPR 300: HEALTH AND THE LAW

LPL 302: CHILDREN AND THE LAW

LIL 303: CONFLICT OF LAWS

LPR 301: CLINICAL SEMINAR

LCC 308: LAW OF BUSINESS ASSOCIATION II

LCC 310: COMMERCIAL LAW II

LIL 304: INTERNATIONAL LAW OF THE SEA

LIL 301: INTERNATIONAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION

LPL 303: ISLAMIC LAW

LIL 305: EAST AFRICAN REGIONAL LAW

LPR 303: LEGAL AND LEGISLATIVE DRAFTING

bachelor of law students photo
Caption: KU Bachelor of Law Students Photo Session

FOURTH-YEAR UNITS

LPL 401: DISSERTATION

LPR 401: JURISPRUDENCE

LPL 403: MOOTING

LIL 405: INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW

LPR 400: CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP (OUT OF SEMESTER)

LIL 400: INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND INVESTMENTS LAW

LCC 401: BANKING LAW

LIL 402: LAW, SCIENCE, AND TECHNOLOGY

LCC 403: COMPETITION LAW

LPL 402: LAW AND GENDER RELATIONSHIPS

LCC 400: TAX LAW

LCC 402: ACCOUNTING FOR LAWYERS

LPL 400: LABOUR LAW (CLE CORE)

LIL 406: LAW OF REFUGEES AND INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS

LIL 401: INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW (LAW OF ARMED)

LIL 403: INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW

LPR 402: PUBLIC INTEREST CLINIC

LIL 407: LAW OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

LCC 404: CONSUMER PROTECTION

LCC 405: INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY LAW

[Please note that unit codes might change over the course of time – so don’t take me to court over that small issue].

 Frequently Asked Questions

1. Does Kenyatta University Offer Diploma in Law

No. Kenyatta University does not offer Law at the Diploma level. You can check the PDF containing all KU courses

2. Can I do Law with a C?

Yes, you can take Diploma in Law with a C plain in KCSE, provided that you got at least C+ in English.

3. What are the key skills that a lawyer should have?

Apart from the academic qualifications, lawyers should possess Communication Skills, Problem Solving Skills, Self Confidence, Analytical skills, Interpersonal and Time management skills.

That was the comprehensive guide to Bachelor of Law at Kenyatta university. In case of question, leave me a quick comment and I will get back to you asap.

Moha

Moha is a professional blogger, writer and the founder of moha.co.ke. In simple terms, he is the person behind all the awesome posts on this blog.

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