The Faculty of Law occupies a unique place in Malawi’s past and present. Every year, since its inception in 1970, the Faculty has admitted some of the best students of the University of Malawi into its LL.B(hons) programme. The Faculty is proud to note that some of its graduates went on to become Chief Justices, Justices of the High Court and Supreme Court of Appeal; a Speaker of Parliament; Cabinet Ministers and Attorneys General. Since its establishment, the Faculty of Law has responded to the country’s increasing demand for legal services by increasing the number of students it admits to the programme. In the first decade of its existence, the Faculty produced an average of 8 graduates per year. In the following decade, that average rose to 13 graduates per year, and since 2014, the Faculty produces approximately 50 students per year.
The Faculty has two departments: Foundational Law and Practical Legal Studies and offers the Bachelor of Laws (Honors) and Master of Laws (Commercial Law)degree, and the Diploma in Law. Courses offered by the two departments include: Introduction to Law, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Criminal Law, Torts, Contract, Law of Trusts, Human Rights, Gender and Law, Commercial Law, Business Law, Public International Law, Conflict of Laws, Environmental Law, Family Law, Customary Law, Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Drafting, Accounts, Taxation and Clinical Legal Education
The Mission of the Faculty of Law is “to make an outstanding contribution to greater justice, enjoyment and protection of human rights, welfare and development through responsive academic and practical legal education, quality research and covetable expertise primarily for Malawi and Africa”.
The focus of the Faculty, as spelt out in its Mission Statement, is “to contribute to the attainment of greater social justice, people's welfare and development, and the enjoyment and protection of human rights”. The Faculty is determined that such contribution should be outstanding, contextual and relevant, particularly to the development needs of the country and the region. High quality teaching and learning, research and the development of practical skills are highly valued by the Faculty in its advancement of academic excellence and contribution to the realisation of the right to development.
The Faculty is guided by the following values: A shared passion for justice; a drive to demonstrate academic and professional excellence and dutiful team spirit, mutual respect and accountability to colleagues, students and stakeholders.
The Faculty has positioned itself strategically by systematic and verifiable improvement of the quality of its undergraduate teaching and learning, introduction of demand-driven postgraduate courses and quality research and enhanced interface with stakeholders, especially in the legal and justice sectors.
The staff complement of the Faculty comprises a cadre of highly qualified academics with extensive practical experience. The academic staff are supported by a team of dedicated clerical and technical staff. In its recruitment of both academic and support staff,the Faculty is committed to inclusiveness and non discrimination.
The Faculty has a diverse and vibrant body of students who complement their learning with a wide range of activities including local community outreach, such as the provision of pro-bono legal advice services; participation in international moot competitions and publication of a high quality law journal. The students also manage and run the Students Law Society, which serves as the focal point for students’ democratic participation in the management of the Facultyand implementation of plan s for extra-curricular activities.
Chancellor College is the largest among the constituent colleges of the University of Malawi. Ever since its establishment, the college has produced graduates who have gone on to become leaders in various sectors of Malawian society.Learn More