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.

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.

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

Examinations shall be conducted either at the Kenya School of Law or an accredited Centre and in both cases shall be supervised by the School.

All subjects shall be examined during the term in which they are taken. Such examinations shall be named ordinary examinations.

Examinations shall consist of continuous assessment tests and end of term examinations.

Continuous assessment tests shall account for 30% of the total mark in the subject, and the end of term examination constituting 70% of the total mark in the subject.

No candidate shall be admitted to an end of term examination unless the candidate attended at least two thirds of the course of study for the subject in question. Such candidate shall be deemed to have failed the unit and shall be required to repeat the unit.

All units shall be graded out of 100 marks and the pass mark shall be 50%. The mark grade shall be translated into letter grades as follows:- - 70% and above - A
- 60% and below - 70% B
- 50% and below - 60% C
- Below 50% - E

Where a student fails in any subject, he may resit the end of term exam when the subject is next offered. Such a student will have to score at least 35 out of 70 marks in the written examination to pass the course.

Appeal for Reassessment

A student who is not satisfied with the grade which he/she has been awarded in any subject may appeal to the Director for re-marking of the written examination paper in that subject upon payment of the appropriate fee which the School shall determine from time to time. The grade and mark recommended by an independent examiner after re-marking shall be the final grade and mark awarded to the student for the subject.

No appeal for re-marking of any unit shall be entertained in cases where the appeal has been submitted later than one month after the student has been notified of the mark.

Examination Irregularities

A student who is alleged to have been involved in any examination irregularity as defined in the School Examination Regulations will have his/her examination results withheld until a verdict is arrived at by the School Disciplinary Committee.

A student who is found guilty of any examination irregularity shall be subject to the appropriate penalties as detailed in School Examination Regulations and shall not proceed with the course of study until the matter is conclusively resolved.

Certification and Award

To be considered for the award of the Diploma in Paralegal Studies, a candidate must have taken and passed in all the prescribed twenty-four (24) subjects.

The academic year runs from May in each year. Each term will run for 12 weeks – 10 lecture weeks; 1 dead week and 1 examination week.

In effect each term will have 40 contact hours per subject.

The Paralegal academic year runs as follows:

  1. Term 1: May – July
  2. Term 2: August – November
  3. Term 3: January – April