|Tuition Fees:||$921 /year|
|Applications Begin:||August 2021|
|Final Award:||Bachelor of Laws|
|Start Date:||September 2021|
|Academic Unit:||Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences|
|Application Deadline:||September 2021|
The title of the Programme shall be “Bachelor of Law” abbreviated as LL.B.
The programme aims to produce graduates tooled towards becoming academic scholars to provide premier law teaching, researching and practise needed in higher learning and legal institutions in Kenya and the rest of the world, with a major focus toward environmental law and land issues.
Possible career opportunities are available in: Government institutions; Inter-governmental institutions; Regional and international organisations; The United Nations Environment Programme; and NGOs, among others. Below are the regulations and fundamentals of the Bachelor of Law programme of Chuka University.
The Philosophy of the LL.B Programme is: “Training in law for the protection of humanity through imparting, upholding and practising of sound law and order.”
This Philosophy is supported by the Vision, Mission and Core Values of the Programmes, namely:
(a) Vision: “Committed to educating and training lawyers with excellence in the foundations of legal academia, ethics, patriotism and service to humanity.”
(b) Mission: “To produce distinguished law graduates tooled to contribute to sustainable development and to serve the academic and societal fraternities with life-long dedication, passion and innovative dispensation and preservation of legal knowledge.”
(c) Core Values: These are the ethos of the LL.B Programme and include:
– Excellent teaching, learning, research and community service.
– Responsiveness to student needs and concerns.
– Moral integrity and respect for the dignity of all, irrespective of social, economic or religious background.
– Patriotic and cultural rooting in our country, but taking cognizance of changing times and the world around us.
– Honesty, fairness and quality service in dealing with human resources.
– Transparency, accountability and efficiency in all financial and other dealings.
(a) Several justifications underlie the rationale for the introduction of the LL.B programme. The proposed Bachelor of Law programme will be a strategic component of the University’s innovative and market-based programmes that will ensure the University assumes a leading role in the teaching and training of lawyers for community service in the 21st Century and beyond, with a bias toward resolving environmental and land legal issues.
The Faculty will strive to train excellent lawyers for the future through tuition by dedicated and highly qualified staff. In launching LL.B Programme, consideration has been given not only to the increasing marketability of legal qualifications in Kenya and neighbouring countries but more importantly to the dearth of well-trained and value-driven lawyers in Kenya, particularly in environmental law and land issues. Ideally, the Faculty of Law should be the preferred choice among prospective law students.
In developing the curriculum, regard has been given to the requirements relating to the mounting of new programmes imposed by the relevant national regulatory bodies, namely the general requirements and guidelines of the statutorily mandated professional regulator, Council of Legal Education (CLE).
Furthermore, the trends for the harmonization of general and specifically legal training standards under the aegis of the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) have been put into consideration. The Bachelor of Law (LL.B) degree provides students with a sound knowledge of the general principles of the Kenyan legal system, regional and international law. Graduates should be able to critically assess, interpret and apply the law and have the historical, comparative and jurisprudential background that is essential for a thorough and critical understanding of law and legal institutions.
The LL.B programme includes a skills component which teaches students generic practical skills such as problem-solving, analysis, research and practical legal skills such as legal writing, drafting and argumentation. Law students are required to make constructive use of the knowledge and skills they acquire by contributing to national development and the community through legal aid, community service, street law and similar outreach activities.
The Faculty of Law will endeavour to collaborate with other Law Schools in Kenya and other countries, and to position itself strategically to attract funding for research. While any increment in student numbers will be pegged on available physical facilities and staff complement, the Faculty will endeavour to maintain a healthy balance between undergraduate and postgraduate students.
The step of establishing the LL.B Programme is taken with a particular interest in promoting social justice and expanding legal educational opportunities for students in Kenya and neighbouring countries. The law programme will be affordable to many Kenyans and will thus save the country foreign exchange, especially taking into account that many students continue to leave the country in search of similar qualifications abroad at very high financial costs
b) The Distinguishing Features of the LL.B Programme that make it unique include the following: It has a bias toward training experts in environmental law and land issues. The programme is unique in so far as it integrates law, environment, science and technology, as well as information communication technology in course content and teaching methodology.
This addition is in line with the Kenya Vision 2030 blueprint which envisages science, technology and innovation as the main drivers of national development. The LL.B contains unique and not-so-common courses in the available undergraduate law programmes in African Universities, including Information Communication Technology Law (BLAW 214); Law, Ethics, Science and Technology (BLAW 423); International Criminal Law (BLAW 326); Legal and Legislative Drafting (BLAW 328), Health Law (BLAW 415); Legal Entrepreneurship (BLAW 424); Biotechnology and Biosafety Law (BLAW 425), International Air and Outer Space Law (BLAW 427), and International Courts and Tribunals (BLAW 428); Environmental Economics (ENSC 425); Environmental Law and Policy (ENSC456).
The LL.B curriculum integrates forensic aspects of the law in the traditional course content of criminal law, law of evidence, and law, ethics, science and technology. This curriculum makes certain courses deemed novel for lawyers and critical for national development, namely: Information Communication Technology Law (BLAW 214), Law, Ethics, Science and Technology (BLAW 423), Law and Gender (BLAW 211), and Intellectual Property Law (BLAW 313 and BLAW 322) compulsory courses.
In the relatively few curricula worldwide where these courses or their variants exist at the undergraduate level, they are usually electives. It is noteworthy that this curriculum has, for practical purposes, made the courses on Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, and Professional Ethic selective in the fourth year, since they are now mandatorily taught at the Kenya School of Law, under the Council of Legal Education (CLE) from 2007, whether or not they are done at LL.B level.
This removes duplicity and creates room for students to do more courses of a different nature in the LL.B degree programme. Whereas it would have been appropriate to teach the first two important courses irrespective of their possible repetition at the Kenya School of Law, the practical problem of including them is the lack of space, as they would ordinarily come in the first two years of study which already are full with irreplaceable courses.
The goal of the LL.B programme is to produce graduates capable of becoming academic scholars to provide premier law teaching, researching and practising expertise needed in higher learning and legal institutions in Kenya and the rest of the world to tackle challenges emerging in the environment during scientific, technological and industrialization pursuits.
Duration, Structure and Mode of Delivery
The LL.B programme shall last for a minimum period of Four (4) academic years comprising Eight (8) semesters of full-time attendance of lectures. Each academic year is divided into two (2) semesters of seventeen (17) weeks each.
For each semester, the first 15 weeks shall be for teaching, practicals, visits and continuous assessment tests (CATs). The last 2 weeks shall be for undertaking final examinations. The programme structure is such that each course is equivalent to 3 credit hours, or three lecture hours per week.
One semester is equivalent to 3 hours per week x 7 courses x 15 weeks in a semester = 315 lecture hours per semester. One academic year is equivalent to 315 hours/semester x 2 semesters per year = 630 hours per year. Total lecture hours required for graduation = 630 hours per academic year x 4 years = 2520 hours.
To be eligible for admission into the Bachelor of Law programme, a candidate must satisfy any of the following academic qualifications:
– At least a mean grade of C+ (Plus) in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination or its equivalent with a minimum grade of B Plain in English or Kiswahili;
– At least three Principal Passes in the Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (A-Level) examination;
– A degree from a recognised university; or
– At least a Credit Pass in a diploma in law examination from an accredited institution.
Applications should be on official forms available at the University Main Campus at Chuka, Igembe Campus at Ntuene or Keigoi High School, Embu Campus in Embu Town, Chogoria Campus at Nturiri High School, Tharaka Campus at Gatunga High School, OR Website: www.chuka.ac.ke; A Non-refundable fee of KES 3000 for Phd programmes, KES 2,000 for degree and diploma programmes and KES 1000 for certificate courses will equally be deposited.
The following documents should be made available:
– Originals & a copy of all Transcripts, Diplomas or Certificates (All originals, where necessary, will be returned)
– One recent passport size photograph (write your name on reverse side)
– Copy of the National Identity Card or Birth Certificate
– Preferred Campus should be indicated on the application form
– Certified copies of certificates and original fee payment receipt MUST be attached to the application form and returned latest two weeks prior to the commencement dates given for the programmes
Career opportunities for this programme include:
– Barrister’s clerk
– Company secretary
– Costs lawyer
– Licensed conveyancer
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Tuition fee per year for Kenyan Students = KES. 110,000
Tuition fee per year for International Students = KES 137,500
– The Institute reserves the right to change fees without prior notice. However, fee changes are subject to approval by the Governing Council.
– The University policy obliges students to pay the full amount of fees as required on the first day of reporting before they are registered.