COURSE DURATION: Three (3) years


This programme seeks to prepare students with the analytical and conceptual skills needed to understand the law in its social, economic, and political context. Students who undertake the programme will develop the requisite knowledge, confidence and skills in law to generate their scientific work and communicate the results to researchers, academicians as well as other audiences.


The global legal environment has become transnational, competitive and dynamic.  This has created a need for researchers and academics who can offer highly competent legal services that respond to the complex nature of the changing legal environment. The need to respond to these changes has triggered exponential growth in the number of students applying to undertake their PhD studies at the School of Law. The stakeholders’ meeting that was part of the curriculum review process indicated that the School of Law, as the oldest and only institution in Kenya that offers PhD studies in law, should meet this demand.

The programme seeks to produce well-grounded scholars who can offer expertise in the traditional as well as emerging areas of law that are in dire need of experts. The expertise to be developed through this programme shall build the capacity of researchers to offer advisory services at the county, national, regional, and international levels. This is in keeping with the right of quality education and training under the Constitution of Kenya 2010 as well as the Kenya Vision 2030 aspiration to develop a middle-income country in which all citizens embrace entrepreneurship, innovation and lifelong learning. The promotion of quality education and lifelong learning opportunities shall go a long way towards enhancing the achievement of Goal Number 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


At the end of this programme, a learner should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate academic competencies in law;
  2. Apply a critical approach to the study of law;
  3. Appraise theoretical, philosophical and practical approaches to legal studies;
  4. Evaluate law in its social, economic, cultural and political context.
  5. Employ knowledge and research skills to carry out advanced scholarly research in law.


Face to Face Mode

Lectures, lecture discussions, class presentations, seminars, tutorials, case studies, fieldwork, role plays, simulations, students–teacher consultation, supervised independent studies, group projects, guest speakers.

Open, Distance Learning and e-learning Mode

Application of written self-instruction study modules, mediated technical learning materials, for example, audiovisual, video conferencing and e-learning platforms and online learning that utilizes video-conferencing, e-learning portals and other technological innovations

Blended Mode

Application of a combination of both face-to-face and online delivery of courses, integrating both formal and informal modes of delivery.


Contacts of Support persons


  • Law Governance and Democracy
  • Public Finance and Financial Services Law
  • International trade and Investments Law
  • Law in Society
  • Gender and the Law
  • Public International Law
  • Environmental and Natural Resources law
  • Intellectual property Law
  • Law, Science and Technology
  • Corporate Governance and the Law


Minimum Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the minimum University entry requirements.

The following shall be eligible for admission:

  1. Subject to the University regulations, an applicant if the applicant has any of the following minimum qualifications:
  2. A holder of a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognized by the Senate.
  3. A holder of a Master’s degree, in a field that is relevant to law, from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognized by the Senate.
  4. A holder of a doctoral degree, in a field that is relevant to law, from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognized by the Senate.

Credit Transfers and Exemptions

No credit transfers or exemptions are allowed.

While law graduates are well-suited for specific legal careers, studying a law degree does not limit you to roles specifically in this field. Like other social science subjects, the academic challenges provided by law degrees can be good preparation for a broad range of different career paths. Other sectors you might consider as a law graduate include: accountancy, banking, business and management, commerce, finance, government, HR and recruitment, journalism, marketing and PR, media, politics, publishing, teaching, the civil service, not-for-profit and NGOs, or think tanks and policy development.

Tuition 288,000 288,000 288,000 864,000
ICT SERVICES - (PER YEAR) 7,000 7,000 7,000 21,000
THESIS EXAMINATION 0 0 50,000 50,000
REGISTRATION (PER SEMESTER@2250) 4,500 4,500 4,500 13,500
ID CARD ( PER YEAR) 1,000 1,000 1,000 3,000
CAUTION - (ONCE) 5,000 0 0 5,000
MEDICAL FEE (PER YEAR) 6,500 6,500 6,500 19,500
ACTIVITY-( PER YEAR) 2,000 2,000 2,000 6,000
LIBRARY (PER YEAR) 5,000 5,000 5,000 15,000
STUDENT ORGANISATION(PER YEAR) 1,000 1,000 1,000 3,000
Grand totals 320,000 315,000 365,000 1,000,000