The Department of Practical Legal Studies offers practical studies to law students in the
Faculty of Law. The Department was established in 2007 when the Department of Law, the
then only department in the Faculty of Law, was split into two departments: the Department
of Foundational Law and the Department of Practical Legal Studies.
The Department offers the following core courses: Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Law of Evidence, Drafting, Accounts and Taxation and Clinical Legal Education.
The Department coordinates the writing and supervision of dissertations by fourth year law students. The department also coordinates staff – student seminars and outreach programmes for law students.
The Department will be establishing a clinic within campus where all law students will engage in practical legal studies including legal research, legal writing, interviewing, communication skills and trial advocacy skills.
The Department has, in addition to the above, teaching responsibilities towards students reading for an undergraduate Diploma in Law and masters degrees to be introduced soon.
The Department has an establishment of 5 members of staff The members of staff in the Department have done their Masters and PhD studies in many countries including England, United States of America and South Africa thereby bringing a diverse perspective to legal studies which enriches the teaching, research and consultancy offered by the Department