Bachelor of Laws
After completing the program of study, LL.B graduates will acquire knowledge and competence which would enable them:
- work as judges and prosecutors at various levels of the Federal and State court structures in Ethiopia;
- serve as public defenders for persons accused of committing crimes;
- practice law individually or along with other legal professionals at any level of the court structures in the country, depending on the class of license issued;
- provide services as legal advisors to business organizations, governmental agencies or non-governmental organizations;
- render high-quality research service to organizations as consultants or permanent employees;
- engage in teaching at Law Schools in higher education institutions across the nation; and
- work individually or in establishments with a view to enhancing individual and group rights, the rule of law, good governance, and the deepening of constitutionalism and democratic values through research, education, advocacy and awareness-raising enterprises.
Objectives of the Program
The general objective of the undergraduate program is to provide basic legal training to the students. More specifically, the program aspires:-
- to equip students with basic knowledge of major national legislations and procedures, along with the skills of legal interpretation required to solve legal problems;
- to train professionals who will be able to undertake the technical aspects of drafting and revising laws;
- to enhance the critical thinking abilities of students so that they can understand and implement laws as judges, practicing lawyers, prosecutors, public defenders or academicians
- to train professionals who can deliver legal advice in public and business laws either by working for particular firms or individuals seeking such advice;
- to educate individuals who will be able to speak to and advise clients with professionalism, understanding and responsibility;
- to prepare dedicated persons who can research and publish, and hence reinforce Ethiopian legal jurisprudence; and
- to produce legal professionals who serve society with the highest heed to ethical values, who strive to defend rights and liberties and uphold the fundamentals of rule of law.
Admission and Graduation Requirements
Students who completed the national preparatory education with acceptable grades and wish to join the schools of law will be selected from a list of students assigned to the social sciences streams on a competitive basis or be placed in the regular program by the Ministry of Education. Students who successfully complete the core, optional and general modules listed under the Modularized LL.B Curriculum, earn passing grades in the National Exit Examination and fulfil the Externship program with a passing score - all with a minimum CGPA of 2.00 and no un-removed “F” grade - shall be eligible for graduation.
The National Exit Examination carries 10ECTS, spread over two semesters; the Externship Program carries 20ECTS for a work performance extending over a 3 months period during the second semester of Year-V. The grades for the National Exit Exam and Externship Program are only noted in the academic record of students.
Under the new Modularized LL.B Curriculum, students are required to fulfill a total of 300ECTS study works to be eligible for graduation. Besides this, admission and graduation requirements set by the university shall apply.