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Paralegal Studies

DIPLOMA IN LAW (PARALEGAL STUDIES) CURRICULUM

Background
The Kenya School of Law is an institution established under the Kenya School of Law Act, No 26 of 2012. In exercise of its mandate the School wishes to establish and offer a Diploma in Law (Paralegal) Studies programme. It is envisaged that this programme will bridge the existing gap in a middle cadre to support legal professionals at the practicing Bar, the corporate world and government institutions.


Justification and Needs Assessment
The School embarked on a needs assessment in paralegal services. This was based on an earlier certificate course that ran between 2000-2003 at the School. That programme was stopped for lack of a policy and regulatory framework. About 600 students had gone through that programme and interviews with them and other stakeholders indicate that there is need to urgently reintroduce the programme at a more advanced level.

It is against this background that the School introduced the Diploma in Law (Paralegal Studies) to serve among others the Kenya Police, Kenya Prisons, the Judiciary, the State Law Office, the Bar and Government departments among other stakeholders.


Location
The Paralegal program is conducted at the Kenya School of Law town campus which is situated at Development House, 5th Floor, Moi Avenue Nairobi.


Paralegal Curriculum
Summary of Subjects
Year 1

  1. General principles of constitutional law and legal systems I
  2. General principles of constitutional law and legal systems II
  3. Contract law I
  4. Contract Law II
  5. Law of Tort I
  6. Law of Tort II
  7. Criminal law I
  8. Criminal Law II
  9. Book-keeping and Accounting 1
  10. Office Practice and Management 1
  11. Commercial law 1
  12. Family law


Year 2

  1. Book-keeping and accounting II
  2. Office practice and management II
  3. Elements of commercial law II
  4. Law of succession
  5. Law of property in land
  6. Civil procedure 1 & II
  7. Criminal procedure 1 & II
  8. Company law
  9. Conveyancing
  10. Civil procedure II
  11. Criminal procedure II
  12. Law of other business associations


Duration and Pattern of the Programme

  • The programme shall last for a minimum period of two (2) academic years comprising of three (3) terms of lectures offered by the School in each year.
  • To qualify for the award of the Diploma in Law (Paralegal Studies), candidates must complete the course of studying not less than two (2) academic years and not more than three (3) academic years.
  • The course shall be offered in terms of specific subjects in law and related disciplines. The programme consists of twenty four (24) subjects.

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