The Riara Law School’s Advantage includes learning from world class faculty who have been trained at the Ivy League and other prestigious institutions around the world; and a low faculty to student ratio.  Influenced by the legacy of the founders, Riara’s curriculum has been expertly crafted to nurture a problem-solving lawyer who is aware of the social, economic and political context within which the law exists and one who understands and crafts solutions for Africa and beyond.

Mode and Duration of study

Full time, 4 years


January, May and September

Entry Qualification

Applicants for the LLB degree programme must be holders of:

  1. KCSE with a minimum mean grade of B- (minus) and a minimum grade of B (plain) in English or Kiswahili; or
  2. KCSE with a minimum grade of C+(plus) and a minimum grade of B (plain) in English or Kiswahili (subject to the applicant passing oral and written interviews) (see further explanation below in part 2(b)); or
  3. KACE with a minimum of three principal passes; or
  4. GCE (A-Level) with a minimum of three principal passes; or
  5. Degree from an institution recognized in Kenya in addition to the minimum secondary school qualifications in (a), (b), (c), or (d) above; or
  6. Diploma in Law from an accredited institution recognized in Kenya.

Other admission considerations:

  1. All LLB degree applicants undergo oral and written evaluations conducted by law faculty to assess their suitability for our rigorous law degree programme.
  2. To promote affirmative action with regard to applicants from under-privileged segments of our society, holders of a mean grade of C+ (plus) in KCSE and a minimum grade of B (plain) in English or Kiswahili are eligible for admission on a case-by-case basis.
  3. The faculty encourages admission of non-traditional applicants such as holders of degrees and diplomas in fields other than law as well as persons interested in pursuing law as a complement to other training, so long as such applicants meet the minimum statutory and faculty requirements stipulated above.

Course Units 

Semester I
RLLB 101: Constitutional Law I
RLLB 102: Law of Contract I
RLLB 103: Law of Torts I
RLLB 104: Legal Research & Writing I
RLLB 105: Social Foundations of Law

Semester II
RLLB 106: Constitutional Law II
RLLB 107: Law of Contracts II
RLLB 108:  Law of Torts II
RLLB 109: Legal Systems & Methods


Semester I
RLLB 201: Criminal Law I
RLLB 202: Legal Writing II
RLLB 203: Property Theory
RLLB 204: Civil Procedure I
RLLB 205: Law of Evidence I
RLLB 206: Administrative Law I

Semester II
RLLB 207: Criminal Procedure
RLLB 208: Law of Evidence II
RLLB 209: Criminal Law II
RLLB 210: Civil Procedure II
RLLB 211: Administrative Law II
RLLB 212: Property Law


Semester I
RLLB 301: Commercial Law
RLLB 302: Public International Law
RLLB 303: Law of Business Associations I
RLLB 304: Labour Law
RLLB 305: Education Law and Policy

Semester II
RLLB 306: Insolvency Law
RLLB 307: Jurisprudence
RLLB 308: Law of Business Associations II
RLLB 309: Equity & Trusts

Electives for Year 3

RLLB 310: Insurance Law
RLLB 311: Alternative Dispute Resolution
RLLB 312: Introduction to Islamic Law
RLLB 313: Financial Services Law
RLLB 314: Customary Law
RLLB 315: Conflict of Laws
RLLB 316: International Humanitarian Law
RLLB 317: Law & Anthropology
RLLB 318: Securities Regulation
RLLB 319: Regional Integration Law
RLLB 320: International Human Rights Law
RLLB 321: Law & Development


Semester I
RLLB 401: Accounting for Lawyers
RLLB 402: Family Law
RLLB 403: Legislative Drafting
RLLB 404: Research Paper I

Semester II
RLLB 405: Law of Succession
RLLB 406: Gender and the Law
RLLB 407: Research Paper II

Electives for Year 4
RLLB 408: National Security Law
RLLB 409: Introduction to Tax Law
RLLB 410: International Trade Law
RLLB 411: International Economic Law
RLLB 412: Environmental Law
RLLB 413: Law, Science & Technology
RLLB 414: Intellectual Property Law
RLLB 415: Law, Democracy and Citizenship
RLLB 416: Sports & Entertainment Law
RLLB 417: Public Procurement Law