Courses Catalogue

Introducing Law

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Law (Day and Evening), Bachelor
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Content and Outline


  1. Introduction to the study of law:
  2. Coverage of the course, subject matter of introduction to law. 
  3. The handling of legal tools: statutes, statutory instruments, law reports, texts, and treatises.
  4. The language of Law: Language of the profession, Courts and the Court system.

The legal profession:

  1. The evolution of the legal profession –from the Roman society, Europe, England to Africa and particularly East Africa. 
  2. The Inns of Court (London); Solicitors College; barrister at law, advocate; attorney. 
  3. Judicial and Government legal officers’ terminology. 
  4. The nature of training and the work of a lawyer: learned friend, the traditional professional gown and head gear.
  5. The idea of Law:
  6. Introduction to legal philosophy.
  7. The views of jurists and legal philosophers (the seven schools of jurisprudence). 
  8. The views of sociologists and social anthropologists. 
  9. The views of scholars of African law. 
  10. Classification and divisions of Laws applicable in Tanzania.

Reception of English Law in East Africa:

  1. Reception of English law.
  2. Non-legal factors facilitating the reception: the Berlin Conference 1884, commercial enterprises, the search for knowledge, the religious factor, humanitarian factor.
  3. The cultural patterns in East Africa; and
  4. A brief legal history of each East African country.
  5. The legal framework; the Foreign Jurisdiction Acts and the Africa Order in Council, 1889; the separate territorial Orders in Council; and the separate territorial judicature statutes.
  6. Law making and its evolution over the colonial period to independence and thereafter the law making authority and terminology used.

The law applied in East Africa:

  1. The broad divisions of law.
  2. The classification or sources of law applied.
  3. Law applied and applied law: statutory law – principal and subsidiary; common law; case law; customary law; principles of equity; statutes of general application, public international law and personal law.

     The development of law:

  1. Agencies of the development of law: social change; legislative action; law reform agencies like law revision.
  2. Judicial activity (do judges make law?).
  3. Overview of principles of drafting and interpretation of statutory law and legal documents generally:
  4. Types of statutes.
  5. The anatomy of a statute.
  6. Interpretation of statutes: the Literal Rule; the Mischief Rule; and the Golden Rule.
  7. The relevance of Parliamentary history and Government Publications; reports of Government Commissions of Inquiry.

Legal writing and research:

Cultivate the culture and practice of thinking like a lawyer; writing like a lawyer; and speaking like a lawyer; be understood by lay people in you speech and writings.

Qualitative and quantitative research.

Brief discussion of some most common principles of law:

  1. The precedent doctrine.
  2. Res judicata.

Principles applied in conflict of laws:

  1. Outline of principles applied in conflict of laws.
  2. Distinguish types and circumstances of conflicts.

LL.B. examinations:

  1. Type of questions set.
  2. Style and approach in answering questions.


  1.  Lecture
  2.  Grouping
  3.   Case studies
  4.  Tutorials


  1. White board and makers.
  2. Flip charts.
  3. LCD Projectors.
  4. Overhead projectors.
  5. CDs, DVDs, and tapes.