Catholic University Of Eastern Africa Law School, In 2005 a Department of Law was started within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. This Department was responsible for managing the Bachelor of Laws degree programme which was launched in March of the same year as well as teaching of various law courses in other faculties such as the Faculty of Commerce.
The Department of Law transformed into the Faculty of Law in 2007 and was formally inaugurated on the occasion of the University’s Convocation on 25th August 2007.
The Faculty has three departments viz., Department of Public Law, the Department of Private Law, and the Department of International Law. Each department is headed by a Head of Department who reports to the Dean.
The Faculty offers a four year Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree programme which aims at producing law graduates who have mastery of Kenyan law with a regional perspective. About 1035 students were registered for the programme. There are plans to start a Master of Laws degree programme in the 2014/2015 academic year.
In keeping with the Faculty’s research objectives academic staff have been engaged in research and have published a number of books including the following:
- A Commentary on the Civil Procedure Act, CAP 21, 2nd Ed by Steve Ouma
- Diplomacy and its relations; Perspectives on Contemporary Themes in Diplomacy, 2011 by Prof. Makumi
In 2012 the Faculty organized a workshop at which the LL.B curriculum was reviewed and updated.
In 2014 the Faculty hosted a symposium on the Marriage Bill at which scholars from CUEA and other institutions participated.
Students of the Faculty have participated in moot competitions within the country and outside and have won prizes at some of these competitions.
Faculty of Law Programmes
Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
- Private Law
- Public Law
a) Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education with the minimum mean grade of C+ (Plus) or the equivalent OR
b) Kenya Advanced Certificate of education with a minimum of 2 principal passes and a subsidiary in general paper with a total of 10 points or the equivalent OR
c) Diploma or professional certificate in a relevant discipline from an institution recognized by the senate OR
d) A Bachelors Degree from a recognized university; AND
e) A minimum grade of B plain in English at the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education or the equivalent OR
f) Any other qualification accepted by the University Senate as equivalent to any of the above.
DEPARTMENT OF CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS AND RESEARCH (CUEA CPD)
1. About us
In response to the spirit of University’s Council Resolution No. 14 of 5th February 2016, and the subsequent invitation of the Vice Chancellor to the university community to come up with ideas of income generating activities, the Faculty of Law has conceptualised a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) to operate as an income generating unit of the faculty. Initially the SPV will be a department in the Faculty of Law to be known as the Department of Continuing Professional Development, Projects and Research (CUEA CPD). Ultimately the SPV will be constituted as a ‘Trust’ or a ‘Limited Liability’ Company with the Faculty of Law as the beneficial owner.
The intended project presents the following benefits for CUEA:
- Raise the profile of CUEA through cutting edge research, training and consultancies
- Fundraise for the Faculty of Law and CUEA as a whole
- Fund training and development for members of the Faculty of Law
- Create opportunity for continued linkages with CUEA alumni through CPD courses
- Create opportunity for pupillage for CUEA alumni
- Create opportunity for mentorship for CUEA students
- Undertake Corporate Social Responsibility through pro-bono legal services
- Create opportunity for donor funding
- Create opportunity for faculty members to engage in private professional services using the formidable institutional infrastructure of CUEA
3. Scope of intended activities
The SPV will undertake the following projects
3.1 For income generation
- Short courses for Continuing Professional Development for legal professionals and other actors in the legal sector.
- Specialized skills based course at certificate level to fill the gaps left by current offerings by legal education providers.
- Funded and non-funded research in law and related disciplines.
- Design development and publication of course materials for legal education.
- Legal advisory and consultancy services not falling within the definition of ‘practice of law within the meaning of section 34 of the Advocates Act. Examples include undertaking legal compliance audits, structuring public private partnership undertakings and policy making and legislative drafting
3.2 For Donor Funded Charitable Purposes
- Pro-bono legal services
- Pupillage opportunities for CUEA alumni
- Mentorship opportunities for current CUEA students
3.3 For value addition to faculty staff
An opportunity for CUEA faculty members to render private legal professional services from within CUEA with a view to maximising their availability on campus
In the short term the SPV will operate as a department in the Faculty of Law headed by a departmental head. It will initially be known as the Department of Continuing Professional Development, Projects and Research
5.1 Head of Department (HOD)
As a department of the Faculty of Law, the SPV is headed by a Head of Department (HOD). The HOD reports functionally to the project initiators and administratively to the Dean, Faculty of Law. The Dean reports functionally and administratively on the operations of the SPV to the respective DVCs.
The current Head of Department is Mr Charles B G Ouma. Mr Ouma is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya of 26 years standing. He has extensive experience in the design, development and delivery of short courses in Continuing Professional Development. He is the immediate former Assistant Director CPD at the Kenya School of Law. Charles also has extensive experience in undertaking legal advisory and related consultancies.
Assisting the HOD will be an Administrative Assistant and other technical, professional and support staff to be recruited as the circumstances require. Presently, Agnes, the Secretary to the Dean (available on extension 1540) and Jacynter, the faculty administrative assistant (available on extension 1545) provide administrative assistance to the HOD.
5.2 Course Coordinators
Subject coordinators are responsible for conceptualising, designing, developing and implementing CPD programmes in various topics of interest to the legal profession and other actors in the legal sector. The initiators of the SPV are the initial Course Coordinators but faculty members are encouraged to design develop and implement courses in which event they will be treated as course coordinators for the specific courses they conceptualise, design, develop and implement. The initiators of the SPV are;
- Dr Maurice Ajwang Owuor, Dean Faculty of Law
- Professor Ernest Beyaraza
- Mr Tom Ngeri
- Mr Joshua Wabwire
- Ms Edna Odhiambo
- Ms Prisca Miruka
- Mr William Agan
- Mr Charles B. G Ouma
6.0 Long Term Structure of the SPV
In the long term the SPV will be registered as a Trust or a company limited by shares or guarantee with the initiators as the initial members/subscribers. It will be governed by a Board of Trustees or Directors. The initial trustees and directors will be the initiators of the project. It will then headed by a Chief Executive Officer who will be an employee. The Faculty of Law, CUEA is the beneficial owner of the SPV.
7.0 Projected Sources of revenue
- Tuition fees for courses
- Consultancy fees
- Grants from donors
- Income from investments
CHARLES B G OUMA
HOD CUEA CPD
Seminars: Click the link below
The department of Continuing Professional Development Projects and Research within the Faculty of Law in CUEA is an LSK accredited provider of CPD offerings. Its current activities through seminars is scheduled in the below link. Click to find out more.
Njeri Kangethe is the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Law
Email: [email protected]