Bachelor of Law Program Offered at University of Nairobi

Bachelors Degree 4 years Fulltime Fee: on application Intake: Ongoing

Bachelors Degree (Accredited by: University of Nairobi)

About Bachelor of Law Bachelors Degree program.

The Bachelor of Laws degree programme at the University of Nairobi is both academic and practical in orientation. The teaching methods applied include lectures, tutorials, group work and presentations.

The program focuses on the academic development of students, providing an exceptionally high-quality learning experience characterised by a professional and practical emphasis.

This Bachelor of Laws degree delivers a practical and contextual legal education that prepares graduates not only for traditional careers in the legal profession but also for a wide range of careers in government, business and community organisations; as leaders, innovators and problem solvers.

By pursuing this law degree at the University of Nairobi you will get a broad perspective on legal practice and gain specialist academic and professional skills including:

  • oral communication and advocacy,
  • legal writing and drafting,
  • legal research and reasoning,
  • interviewing and negotiation,
  • dispute resolution and collaboration,
  • legal ethics and professionalism,
  • relevant legal professional computing skills.

Clinical attachments and links with the legal fraternity, industry and other law schools provide an important component.

The programme is organized into 67 units, 26 of which are core and 41 electives.

To graduate, a candidate is required to take and pass in a total of 48 units, 12 in each year of study, including all the core units.

Objectives of Bachelor of Law

A Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Nairobi equips you with a comprehensive legal education: a world-class degree that provides a thorough grounding in the law, as well as a real-world focus on the essential practical skills and the social and ethical context in which the law operates.

The specific objectives of this Law degree program offered at the University of Nairobi are:

  • To expose students to the multifaceted nature of the development process and arouse their intellectual and practical interest in the phenomena of nation-building, fidelity to the law and its institutions and so develop responsibility for the national heritage.
  • To introduce students to the social foundations and perspectives of the law.
  • To inculcate in students sufficient technical skills for the extraction and communication of legal information to make their intellectual and professional lives exciting and fulfilling.
  • To introduce students to the international legal order, its various manifestations and relationships with the municipal legal systems.
  • To deepen students’ appreciation of the theory and substance of the law and its application to contemporary problems.

Entry requirements for Bachelor of Law

Entry requirements for admission to the University of Nairobi

  • A degree or degrees of a recognized university or universities in any field(s) other than law, or at least two principal passes at the Advanced Level (or an equivalent qualification as determined by Senate).
  • A mean grade of C+ in Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) provided that those falling in category (c) must have obtained a minimum of B(plain) in English at the KCSE or an equivalent grade in another examination approved by Senate or
  • A diploma or diplomas of an institution recognized by Senate provided such applicants must have obtained at least credit pass.

Bachelor of Law Course Subjects



Semester 1:

  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Torts I
  • Contracts I
  • Social Foundations of Law
  • Constitutional Law I
  • Criminal Law I

Semester 2:

  • Torts II
  • Contracts II
  • Legal Systems and Legal Methods
  • Constitutional Law II
  • Criminal Law II



Semester 1:

  • Criminology and Penology
  • Evidence I
  • Civil Procedure I
  • Administrative Law I
  • Property Theory
  • Sale of Goods and Agency

Semester 2:

  • Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence II
  • Civil Procedure II
  • Administrative Law II
  • Property Law
  • Legal Practice


Semester 1:Compulsory

  • Jurisprudence


  • Equity
  • Insurance Law
  • Law of Business Associations I
  • Family Law
  • Banking Law
  • Trial Practice
  • Accounting for Lawyers
  • Customary Law
  • Land Use Law
  • Contemporary Legal Problems

Semester 2: Compulsory:

  • Public International Law


  • Law of Trusts
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Islamic Law
  • Humanitarian Law
  • Securities Regulation
  • Law of Business Associations II
  • Bankruptcy and Commercial Securities
  •  Labour Law
  • Negotiable Instruments
  • Advocacy


Semester 1:

  • Research Paper I
  • Law Science and Technology
  • Conveyancing Law and Practice
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Tax Law
  • International Economic Law
  • Competition Law
  • Women in the Legal Process
  • Environmental Law
  • Public Interest Clinic I

Semester 2:

  • Research Paper II
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Trade Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Professional Ethics and Responsibility
  • Consumer Protection Law
  • Law of the Sea
  • Law of Succession
  • East African Community Law
  • Public Interest Clinic II
  • Energy Law

About University of Nairobi

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