University of Dar es Salaam School of Law
Nkurumah Hall, One of the Landmarks of University of Dar es Salaam
Nkurumah Hall, University of Dar es Salaam
A.B. Weston Building (School of Law Building) at the Main Campus (Mlimani)
UDSOL- Mikocheni Campus Administration Building
UDSM Staff members during the celebrations of the School's 58th Birthday
Some of UDSoL staff members closely following presentations during the celebration of the School's 58th Birthday
UDSM New Library
The University of Dar es Salaam boasts over fifty-five years of providing legal education in Tanzania, and Africa in general. To be precise, the 25th day of October in 1961 witnessed the establishment of the first Faculty of Law in East Africa. The Faculty was established about two months before the independence of the then Tanganyika. The Faculty was tailor-made to cater for the professional needs of the emerging newly independent States of East Africa, at that time comprising of Kenya, Uganda, Tanganyika and Zanzibar. No wonder, each of the East African countries have had at least one Chief Justice and several other judges who graduated at the Faculty of Law. At its inception, the Faculty was affiliated to the University of London and followed its curriculum. Despite this affiliation, the focus of its curriculum was designed to cater for local situations that were in line with the aspiration of the newly independent States of the region. From inception, therefore, the School’s role was primarily focused on applied research out of necessity. It had to advise the government in the codification of customary law, integration of court systems and matters of constitution making.
Fifty years down the line, the School still stands at a unique position in the country and within the Region. Its academic staff comprises various members with vast and diverse knowledge, skills, and experience. Some of the staff members have stayed with the School for over forty years! Additionally, the School boasts a sizable number of young and energetic academicians ready to offer all they have to modernise the School without eroding its strong academic and foundational values. If anyone wishes and desires to get legal education, and especially on questions relating to East, Central and South Africa, then the School of Law of University of Dar es Salaam is an unavoidable choice. Our graduates in the judiciaries of all the East African Countries, executives offices, parliaments, and in various private and public offices stand as our witnesses.
The School offers undergraduate and postgraduate studies. At an undergraduate level, it provides a Certificate in Law Programme, Bachelor of Laws degree (LL. B) and Bachelor of Arts in Law Enforcement (BALE). Each Programme is uniquely tailored to meet specific needs of the society. The School also offers four postgraduate programs. These are Specialized Postgraduate Diploma in Law (SPGDL), Master of Laws (LL.M), Taught Master of Laws and the Doctor of Philosophy degree.
Regarding administrative arrangement, the School has three Departments which superintend the various courses offered. These are the Departments of Public Law, Private Law and Economic Law. It also hosts the Center for the Study of Forced Migration (CFSFM), the Legal Aid Committee (LAC) and the Tanzania German Center for Eastern Africa Legal Studies.
The information obtained on this website may not always be exhaustive and may change without notice. With this caveat, it is my sincere hope that you will find this website handy and interesting. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you do not find what you are looking for or in the event you need further clarification or particulars.
Prof. Hamudi Ismail Majamba
I am pleased to note that you are a part of the community of the University of Dar-es-Salaam School of Law; as a student, contemplating to become one or an Alumnus. This webpage provides a synopsis of the courses offered by the School and a variety of activities that the School has been engaged in or about to embark upon.
The School of Law is the oldest legal training institute in the Eastern and Southern African region. The School (then Faculty of Law) was established on Wednesday, 25th October 1961, about three months before the independence of the then Tanganyika to cater for the emerging newly independent States of East Africa, at that time comprising of Kenya, Uganda, Tanganyika and Zanzibar. At its inception, the School was affiliated to the University of London and followed its curriculum. Despite this affiliation, the focus of its curriculum was designed to cater for local situations that were in line with the aspiration of the newly independent States of the region. From inception, therefore, the School’s role was essentially focused on applied research out of necessity. It had to advise the government in the codification of customary law, integration of court systems and matters of constitution making.