Early last Month Mount Kenya University was accredited to offer law degree programmes by the Council of Legal Education (CLE). The university which has been operating under a provisional licence now joins 11 other universities that are fully accredited across the country. The institution is however limited to a maximum of 200 students per intake, this can however be reviewed by the CLE on its own motion or following an application by the university.
In a letter to MKU Vice-Chancellor Stanley Waudo, CLE acting CEO JK Gakeri noted that the institution must provide as part of its annual report the data on students enrolled to the programme each intake, this is to act as evidence of compliance with the conditions set. MKU is also required to admit students who meet the minimum L.L.B admission requirements prescribed in the Legal Education Act ,2012, the Kenya School of Law Act 2012 and attendant regulations.
Gakeri added that the institution had to develop a research platform in the niche area which will support staff and students development in the area.
The university identified development and international law as the niche area to focus on. MKU currently has 1000 law students.