Hardly ten years since it was established, the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology’s School of Law, fully accredited by the Council for Legal Education, has proved its mettle by emerging tops among Kenya’s Universities offering a degree in law, if the recent report by the task force on legal sector reforms is anything to go by.
The School which is currently home to 600 law students, and already graduated six cohorts, has had almost all its students pass their exams at the School of Law and welcomed to the bar.
According to statistics released by the task force, Kenyatta University leads in failed students in bar exams at 30 per cent, Moi at 22 per cent, Nairobi Parklands campus at 20 per cent, Catholic University at 8 per cent, Kabarak 6 per cent, UoN Mombasa Campus at 5 per cent, Nazarene 2 per cent, Mount Kenya 4 per cent and JKUAT 2 per cent.
While it is evident that most Universities offering Law degree performed poorly to warrant the proposal by the task force on legal sector reforms that those wishing to pursue a degree in law be subjected to pre-university assessments before being allowed to undertake the course, JKUAT’s Dean of the School of Law, Dr Jack Mwimali confidently says his institution would welcome any proposal by the government as his students have what it takes.
“It’s the quality of training offered here that has propelled our students to become high achievers,” said Dr. Mwimali upon receiving positive news about his students’ performance in the just declared report by the task force.
Other reasons for the success include: rigorous training and practicals the students undergo, quality of teaching by dedicated and well groomed lecturers, continuous provision of relevant reading materials, as well as the putting up of a separate library for the budding lawyers.
In her congratulatory message to the students, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga expressed her gratitude and sent her best wishes to them for making JKUAT’s School of Law a School of choice in academic performance. “We are very proud of how the students of Law are performing out there. Keep it up,” she signed off.
The School offers a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree. However, besides the usual 16 compulsory core units offered during the study for any law degree, JKUAT has a niche to train its practitioners with particular competence in its core courses, namely; Agriculture and Technology.
JKUAT’s School of Law students specialize in varied unique units such as; Law Science and Technology, Agricultural Law, Intellectual Property Law, Law Science and Ethics, Health and Medical Law, Biotechnology and Biosafety Law, Information and Communication Technology Law, and Physical Planning and Construction Law. Plans are currently underway to develop a Masters of Law degree.