MKU in league of varsities with full rights to offer law
Council of Legal Education, the regulator, gave the overall greenlight on 30thJuly, 2018 MKU received full accreditation from the Council of Legal Education (CLE) to offer law programmes. It has now set its eyes on offering a Master in Law programme (LLM) in the near future.
MKU joins 11 other universities with similar credentials in the country. Most other local universities still operate using provisional accreditation.
At a luncheon held mid-August to celebraten the achievement, MKU Parklands Law Campus director Ms Nelly Wamaitha said the full accreditation gave the university a strong platform to start offering a Master in Law programme (LLM).
Hon. Moses Cheboi, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, said following the accreditation, MKU law students can now get attachment opportunities in Parliament. He represented Speaker
Ms Wamaitha said the road to accreditation has been challenging, but appreciates the support and guidance of CLE along the way.
“We appreciate CLE because of their positive criticism and guidance,” she said.
“We also appreciate support from staff, faculty, management and the board of directors. The board went an extra mile to equip the library and furnish the moot court.”
The Mount Kenya University School of Law started in Nakuru Campus, but due to the inadequacies of physical infrastructure, the students were transferred to the Thika Main Campus.
The first batch of Bachelor of Law students were admitted to the programme in 2009. They numbered about 30 and commenced classes at Uniafric Building situated on Koinange Street in Nairobi.
Later, the school was moved to MKU Towers Building on Moi Avenue, Nairobi.
In January 2015, the School of Law was transferred to the Parklands Campus. This was after the university bought the building from another university that had ceased operations.
The current campus hosts a student population of approximately 1,000. The campus has facilities that support modern legal education and learning, including an up-to-date moot court.
On July 14, 2017, the law school launched the Centre for International and Development Law (CIDLaw).
Mr David Ngira, lecturer and quality assurance co-coordinator at CIDLaw, says: “The objective of the centre is to define the school’s niche area, being international and development law. The centre is designed to spearhead research, partnership and training in line with the emerging trends in legal practice. The centre also runs a journal, which acts as a platform for research publication and dissemination.”
Journey to full accreditation the journey to full accreditation of MKU to offer law studies began in 2011, when it was granted provisional accreditation.
Mr Collins Odongo, who was there during the school’s early days, noted that the provisional accreditation triggered massive human resource, academic, curriculum and infrastructural development towards full accreditation.
MKU Vice-Chancellor Prof Stanley Waudo constituted a committee to look into all the legal, academic and infrastructural needs towards accreditation.
The committee worked closely with the school, legal education stakeholders and CLE on the accreditation process.
CLE then carried out several audits and inspections. The feedback by the council went a long way in helping the school to strengthen its programme.
Last year, the school identified the areas of international and development law as the niche to focus on. Accordingly, all programmes in the school are tailored to this direction.