KIU SCHOOL OF LAW (SOL)
The School of Law at KIU accredited by the Uganda Law Council opened
in October 2002, with an intake of 65 students from the East African
countries of Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. This first in-take of students
graduated in November 2006 and later joined the Law Development Centre,
Kampala for the Post-Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice the same year.
Since inception, the School has remained committed to providing a
conducive teaching and learning environment, tailored at producing
excellent graduates capable of meeting the needs of the legal job
market. The essence is to mold individuals capable of serving in
different vocations of the legal profession; legal practitioners (the
Bar); judicial officers (the Bench); State Attorneys, law instructors,
corporate and tax lawyers, legal advisers, consultants and the academia.
Objectives of the School of Law
- To train persons, with acceptable educational prerequisites, in the
field of Law in order that they get to appreciate the nature and essence
of Law; legal problems; legal systems, structures, mechanics; and the
influences on, and of Law in society, within Uganda, East Africa, and
other countries of the world.
- To increase the opportunities available in Uganda and the East
African Region for provision of legal training, and contribute to the
development of the society in all spheres, through production of
competent Law graduates, to add to skilled and professional human power
in the different sectors: Legal Practitioners (the Bar); Judicial
Officers (the Bench); State Attorneys; Law Instructors; Corporate and
Tax Lawyers; Legal Advisers and Consultants.
- To encourage students to use but also apply the law as a tool for
change or influencing change in their communities and other spheres of
- To provide opportunities for obtaining legal knowledge by persons
who require and seek such knowledge, for its own sake to broaden their
outlook; self-advancement and capacity enhancement in their various
callings; and the harnessing of potential opportunities, within Uganda,
and in other countries.
- To live up to the expectations of a University as a foundry of high-level knowledge in the society.
Status of School of Law
The School of Law (SOL) was elevated from Faculty of Law (FOL) to the
School of Law with effect from March 2016. The School runs various Law
programmes, which are Diploma in Law, Bachelor of Law (LLB), and Master
of Laws (LLM). It also has various departments that handle specific
fields of specialization. These include:
(a) Commercial Law
(b) Public and Comparative Law
(c) Law and Jurisprudence
(d) Diploma in Law and Postgraduate Legal Studies
Programmes in the School of Law:
In KIU School of Law, we run the following programmes at the Undergraduate and Postgraduate categories:
At the Undergraduate level, we have:
- Diploma in Law
- Bachelor of Laws
Under the Postgraduate studies, the LLM programme is offered for two years since 2009 in the following areas:
- Master of Laws in Commercial Law
- Master of Laws in Criminal Law and Criminology
- Master of Laws in Natural Resource Law
- Master of Laws in Public International Law
- Master of Laws – General
- Moot Court Competitions:
To further enrich students’ experiences at Law School, mooting (the
moot court training and competitions) is an integral part of learning.
There is a moot court at the Campus where students are required to
participate. The Head of Department in charge of mooting has created a
criterion for the practical training to comply with, and this is what is
followed in the preparation of the students.
Second-year law students standing outside the moot court after a moot session
The moot sessions are organised at the School of Law level where a
moot question is prepared by the Head of Department. Students are given a
time frame within which to research on the same and then the
inter-class competitions are done.
For more information on the external moot competitions we have participated in click here:
2. KIU Law Clinic:
The KIU law Clinic is a medium of delivering clinical legal education
with 2 broad objectives of education and social justice. KIU Law
Clinic assists vulnerable persons, communities in the areas of
tenancy eviction, rights of casual and low income workers, refugee
rights, child protection and more.
The law clinic is supervised by trained clinicians, qualified lawyers
and law lecturers who train students with practical legal skills in
dealing with real clients and solving actual problems and for the most
part blend legal theory with practice in preparing students for a
successful legal career.
At KIU-SOL, we also believe in continuous relationships with our
students during and after campus, that is why we have maximized the
current technological advancement to keep in touch with our alumni,
irrespective of time and space via the social media groups and platform.