Master of Laws (LLM)

The LLM programme is accredited by the Council of Legal Education.

Areas of specialization and the anticipated benefits of your qualification

The Programme is tailored to meet diverse market needs both nationally and internationally. The areas of specialization are:

  1. International Business and Investment Law : This area of specialization focuses on the legal regulation of business transactions, foreign and domestic investments. A graduate of the programme would be able to understand the structure of international business and investment law and the legal environment in which it operates. Graduates of this programme will be able to practice and work in international commercial negotiations, investment and portfolio regulation, investment start-ups and offshoring and commercial law generally.
  2. International Human Rights and Democracy: Upon successful completion of the course, graduates shall have acquired knowledge in the interaction between democracy and human rights as well as the different ways through which international law impacts on local democratic and human rights processes (and vice versa). With the world facing a dual crisis of democracy and human rights, graduates of this programme will be able to work and practice in the area of human rights, electoral law and constitutional law. The case teaching method will particularly equip the students with analytical and practical skills necessary for legal practice and work in a multiplicity of sectors including NGOs, government, Multinational and regional organizations.
  3. International Development Law: The interaction between law and development has only become clearer in the last few decades. As such, this course seeks to enable the candidate, understand the interaction between law and development including the extent to which different systems of regulatory governance and administration impact on development both domestically and internationally. It therefore enables the student to understand the interaction between global and national legal processes and their implication on development. In this era of globalization, graduates of this programme will be highly sought in academia, think tanks, multinational organizations, county and national government. Legal practitioners who deal with human rights and governance will equally find the course to be very necessary in their legal toolbox.
  4. International Energy Law : Energy has become the engine of development across the world. With the increasing discovery of energy across the continent, and the merging discourse on the question of renewable energy, experts in energy law have become some of the most sought-after professionals in the legal field. This course therefore fills the gap in this area. It will thus equip the student with knowledge and skills on the international and domestic legal regulation of energy investments, regulation of energy production, energy contracting and sub-contracting oil and gas law as well as energy trading. Due to the interaction between international environmental law and energy exploration and transportation, the course will embrace both a domestic and international approach in analysing the legal complexities in energy sector. Graduates of this sector are highly sought by carbon-trading negotiators, energy regulators and energy corporations. The increasing disputes between various energy players also make the course very appealing to practitioners in this area.
  5. Intellectual Property and ICT Law: It has been speculated that the next arena of legal battle is the area of intellectual property. This course prepares you for the battle. By merging both intellectual property law and ICT, the course is structured to make the student appreciate the close interaction between intellectual property and ICT

Admission Requirements

  1. A holder of a Bachelor of Laws degree with upper second-class honors from a recognized University
  2. A graduate of any recognized University whose degree has been accepted by Senate to be equivalent of a Bachelor of Laws with upper second-class honors of Mount Kenya University
  3. A holder of a Bachelor of Laws degree of Mount Kenya University or its accepted equivalent who, although not having achieved upper second class honors, has satisfied Senate, on the basis of research and publications, that he/she possesses equivalent academic qualifications.
  4. A holder of a Bachelor of Laws degree with second class (Lower Division) with a relevant working experience/practice of at least three years and above.

Duration & Fees

The programme shall take Four (4) academic semesters over a period of 2 years


  1. Students shall be expected to pick one of the areas of specialization.
  2. Students shall undertake 10 units over this period. Those specializing in energy law will be expected to take 11 Units.
  3. Student shall write a thesis and publish two articles in peer-reviewed journals.


KShs. 150,000 per semester. In addition, KShs. 12,000 statutory fees is payable in the 1st Semester for every calendar year.