Prof. Michael Wabwile
Karibu kwenye tovuti ya Kitivo cha Sheria.
With the establishment of the Faculty of Law at Egerton University in 2015, and its accreditation in early 2016 the momentum for growth is on the rise.The fanfare of securing accreditation and launching the Bachelor of Laws programme witnessed in 2016 has given way to a new chapter. We have turned our focus to the task of consolidating operations and growing to maturity. With intakes in June 2016, September 2016, and September 2017, the student enrolment has increased from zero to 25, 86 and, presently 130, which includes both government sponsored and self-sponsored students. However, we are aware that growth without due regard to quality imperatives contradicts the very raison dêtreof Egerton University.
As recent entrants in an increasingly formidable field of service providers, we have resolved from the outset that our mission must contribute to redefining quality standards in legal education in the Eastern Africa region. We have a passion for excellence and are determined to show that we bring new exciting value addition to Kenya’s legal education scene. Three aspects of quality and distinction of our Faculty and our mission are reflected in our inaugural Bachelor of Laws degree curriculum.
First, we believe that admission requirements have a bearing on the quality of learners and standard of graduates of the programme. So, learners selected to join our undergraduate programme must demonstrate above-average capability. We select only the most highly qualified students who have good prospects of thriving in our programme and represent realistic promise of a successful professional career. This, we believe is the caliber of lawyers that our increasingly complex world needs. We recognize that such positioning on quality may not make sense for those more concerned about numbers and money realized from academic programmes. Yet again, it is our distinctive approach to quality issues that makes us run many miles ahead.
Secondly, our curriculum is fully loaded. We invest at least seventy-five hours of intensive learning comprising of 45 hours of lectures and 30 hours of tutorials, seminars, moot courts and other learning activities for each law course in the programme. This amounts to four (4) Credit Factors (CFs). Each course unit is allocated four (4) teaching hours per week, which is unprecedented in the region. The intensive loading of contact hours is instrumental in enriching learner experience. To implement this enhanced training strategy we have a teamhighly skilled and experienced academics with world class credentials, who are engaged on full-time basis. Moreover, in the first quarter of 2018, we expect to welcome six new academic staff joining the Founding Faculty to strengthen our programme delivery team.
Thirdly, our curriculum provides for unique opportunities for our students to gain key competencies in legal research and writing, and training in human rights law and practice. This is unique in the sense that our eight seminar courses in legal research and writing and seven units in human rights contribute to making our curriculum a true pace-setter in these niche areas. From the outset we want to nurture a culture of academic writing among our learners. Our students in the First and Second years of study will have their media outlet in our new law magazine – the Egerton Juristin which to showcase their skills in critical literature review and digesting case law. The Egerton Juristmagazine will promote academic writing by our students and enable readers to gauge the quality of learning that our students are gaining. The inaugural issue of theEgertonJurist magazine will be published in November 2017.
There is so much we would like to say about our determination to break new ground and demonstrate leadership in university education. Indeed, as our vision unfolds, some of these propositions will become self-evident. In the meantime, we continue to select above-average students to pursue our superior reloaded curriculum which is delivered by a world class Faculty. Looking forward, there is a valid basis for optimism. There is no doubt that as a Faculty we are on the right path.
Vision of the Faculty of Law
Our vision is to be a world class Law School for the advancement of innovative legal education and research, and human rights discourse.
Mission of the Faculty of Law
The Mission of the Faculty of Law is to provide quality legal education that fosters critical thinking, human rights discourse, innovative research, pursuit of justice through scholarship, advocacy and collaboration, and service to the society that contributes to national and global development.
Accreditation Status and quality assurance
Our Bachelor of Laws degree programme is accredited by both the Council of Legal Education and the Commission for University Education
The move to obtain full accreditation before commencing the programme is informed by our faith in quality assurance procedures, in line with the university’s obligations under the ISO 9001:2008standard applied by the institution. It means that the Faculty and all its academic activities are subject to the supervisory jurisdiction of the regulatory bodies at all times. Moreover, we commit that during the period of accreditation, the Faculty of Law shall comply with the conditions, norms and standards required of a licensed legal education institution.
Bachelor of Laws
Following award of full accreditation of our undergraduate Law degree program by regulatory agencies, Egerton University invites applications from qualified persons for our Bachelor of Laws (LLB) program inaugural intake of May 2016. Read more ..