Maseno University has officially unveiled its Bachelor of Law (LLB) studies with IT by inaugurating its first cohort of 21 students.
This is after the institution received clearance from the Council of Legal Education (CLE) and accreditation from the Council for University Education to establish a School of Law.
The university will offer 16 core units per the CLE’s regulations, like Constitutional law, Criminal law, and Law of Evidence, allowing law graduates to practice in the country.
Speaking during the inauguration Maseno Kisumu campus on Friday, former Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) top graft cz, Prof. PLO Lumumba, advised the pioneer law students that the world today requires lawyers who are intellectually agile and capable of intimately interacting with the new nanotechnology.
‘‘To become one of the very best lawyers, you must be technologically savvy to compete with the best in the world by also possessing a good knowledge in Quantum Computing and Artificial Intelligence,’’ he said.
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He urged them always to hunger to acquire new and relevant knowledge to enable them to adequately engage in a useful manner.
Further, he explained to the budding lawyers that they should earnestly carve a niche that will well define who they are and be able to make a better judgement.
On his part, Maseno University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Julius Nyabundi, said that the institution will continue to churn out graduates who are highly rated in the job market.
He added that legal study and practice are popular, nationalistic, prestigious, and profitable.
“We aim to become the best school of law in the East and Central African region and beyond,’’ said Prof.
Maseno School of Law Dean of Students, Prof. Nicholas Orago, revealed that the school of law will lay a strong foundation based on research and regional contemplation.
In this way, Prof. Orago stated that they hope that Maseno will be a hub for scholars where students can learn and progress in their careers as legal practitioners, legal academicians, and persons to work in legal areas in government and non-governmental organisations.
“To practice law, be a scholar, or work effectively in an institution, you have to be an effective researcher. So, research will be one of our core classes and encourage among our law students,’’ Prof. Orago emphasised.
The School of Law boasts of having four qualified lecturers who are PhD holders to teach law, and they possess a wealth of experience as they have published and taught in other institutions of higher learning.