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Strathmore Law School Launch the Master of Laws Degree Programme

Judge Ann Williams and Dr. Willy Mutunga unveil the new programme in the presence of Dr. Luis Franceschi and other distinguished guests

Strathmore University Law School colorfully launched its Master of Laws (LL.M) programme, on Friday 29th September, 2017, in an auspicious event that brought together experienced lawyers, legal practitioners, judges, policy makers and academicians interested in joining the programme.

Distinguished guests that included Hon. Justice Isaac Lenaola – Judge of the Supreme Court of Kenya; Judge Ann Claire Williams – Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit who was the key guest of honour; Retired Chief Justice of Kenya Dr. Willy Mutunga, amongst other senior counsel members of Law, attended the event.

Using thorough market research and seeking views of relevant industry stakeholders, the new programme has been designed in such a way that a student can enroll for general LL.M or pursue any of the five areas of law: Intellectual Property Law: International Criminal Law: Financial Law and Regulation: Oil & Gas Law and Corporate and International Tax Law.

The Dean of the Law School Dr. Luis Franceschi advised on the need for lawyers to engage in such a program, stating that “Africa is at a point of exponential growth, and the emergence of new opportunities in Africa has necessitated that lawyers be trained in non-traditional areas of law.”

Being the first of its kind in East Africa, the general LL.M programme is rigorous and intellectually stimulating, crafted by a dynamic faculty with a rich experience in Law. The programme seeks to equip learners with both theoretical and practical knowledge by way of using case studies that depict actual cases being experienced in industries.

Echoing the Dean’s remarks, Judge Williams added that she had no qualms with interested lawyers joining the launched program. “I have no hesitations with students joining such a uniquely crafted LL.M programme from Strathmore University. It is exciting to note that students will experience a program that is not only addressing local issues, but also allowing for students to engage and experience global expertise that will inform their overall knowledge of the program,” Judge Williams said.

While giving his special address, Justice Lenaola lauded the University for taking a bold step in creating such a program, stating that Kenya needs to stand out through such activities.

SLS also officially opened the Microsoft Policy Innovation Centre auditorium, through the presence of the Microsoft Easter and Southern Africa Country Manager, Mr. Sebuh Haileleul. Microsoft partnered with the Law School to sponsor the building of the state of the Art Moot Court and Policy Innovation Centre auditorium.

To enroll for the program, interested applicants should be Holders of First Class or Upper Second Class honours degree in Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) from recognized universities. Holders of other related qualifications from recognized universities, considered by the Academic Council as equivalent to a First Class or Upper Second Class honours degree in Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) can also apply.


Application forms are available at the Strathmore Law School office or can be downloaded here.


For more information on the LL.M programme:

Email: imanyasi@strathmore.edu / llm@strathmore.edu