Course Rationale

The Mount Kenya University Master of Laws programme is formulated to equip students with critical and analytical skills in contemporary and emerging areas of law. The programme allows the students to specialize in thematic areas of law in line with their professional and personal interests. Graduates of the programme can work in government, academic institutions, private sector, inter-governmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and private practice.


The programme offers specialisation in Sports Law; Governance; Intellectual Property Law; International Business Law and Health Law



By the end of the course, thegraduate should be able to:

  1. Apply legal theory, principles and rules in political, social and economic contexts;
  2. Demonstrate skills in legal research, logical argumentation and vigorous analysis of legal principles;
  3. Analyze the challenges facing Africa and the role of the legal profession in addressing them;
  4. Compare and evaluate the relative merits of different legal and policy arguments as articulated in case law and legal scholarship.
  5. Analyze and contextualize emerging legal issues in specific thematic areas of law.


Structure and Duration

The programme shall be delivered on full-time basis. The programme runs for a period of at least twenty four (24) months and at most thirty six (36) months.

  1. Candidates taking  a  project shall  undertake  three (3) semesters  course  work,  after  which  the  completion of the project shall  be undertaken.
  2. Student shall be required a minimum of 60 credit hours of course work and 12 credit hours of research Project. Students will conduct original research and present a written report based on the research project to their supervisory committee.
  3. The research project report must be in the student’s area of specialization. 


Minimum Entry Requirements

  1. Holders of a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree with a minimum of an Upper Second Class Honours or its accepted equivalent from a University recognized by the University Senate and the Commission for University Education (CUE); or
  2. Holders of a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree Lower Second Class Honours from a University recognized by the University Senate and CUE, and
    a.    At least two (2) years of work or relevant experience; or
    b.    Relevant research and publications spanning at least two years; or
    c.    At least three (3) years of relevant teaching experience at a recognized academic institution; or
    d.    Any other qualifications or experience as the University Senate may deem fit and applicable or appropriate.



A candidate, who qualifies to enter the programme as specified in the entry requirements above, can register with the university to undertake the Master of Laws. Registration is done by payment of fees and completing the necessary university forms as detailed in the university fees structure and registration regulations provided in the Students Information Handbook


Credit Transfer

  1. Students may transfer from Masters of Laws programme in other universities recognized by the University Senate and the CUE
  2. The maximum number of credits that may be transferred is 50% of the courses other than the research project (24 credits or the equivalent in the other university’s system)
  3. Evidence supporting the application should include certified academic transcripts ,certificates and a letter from the relevant registrar or authority
  4. Applicationforcredittransferwillnotbeallowedthree(3)weeksafterthe startofthesemester/trimesterunlessgrantedpermissionby theUniversity Senate.
  5. TheUniversityreservestherighttoadministeranappropriatetest,throughthe relevantDepartmentinordertodetermine whether exemptionshouldbe granted.
  6. No credits are transferable nor may exemptions be granted at degree level for any course unit undertaken at diploma level. 


The following conditions should be met in seeking an exemption for a particular subject:

  1. The applicant shall pay a non-refundable credit transfer/exemption fee as determined by the School Board and approved by the Senate.
  2. A formal application on a prescribed form should be lodged with the Dean of School.
  3. The application should include justification and documentary support for the exemption to be considered.
  4. The applicant must have passed the final examinations for the Semester/year in which the unit to be exempted was examined.
  5. The School Board may require the applicant to sit an exemption examination.


School Fees

Total fee programme inclusive of other charges is Kshs. 500,000/=