Cluster subjects for law in Kenya – What subjects do you need for law?

If you’re looking to take a degree course in law (LL.B), here is what you need to know about cluster subjects for law in Kenya..

Cluster subjects for law in Kenya – what grades are needed and in which subjects?

Mean grade to do law in Kenya (minimum)

To begin with, you might be aware that the mean grade to do law in Kenya is at least C+ – this is, of course, the minimum grade required to be admitted into any university degree course.

That said, it is important to know that a Law degree is considered to be among the most competitive degree courses in Kenya meaning that some universities have set the bar higher.

For example, applicants to Strathmore University School of law are required to have a minimum of B plain (aggregate grade) in their KCSE.

What subjects do you need to become a lawyer in Kenya?

In addition to the aforementioned mean grade, it is important to note that you must have passed (with the indicated grade) in the following cluster subjects for law in Kenya.

Cluster subjects for law degree in Kenya and the needed grade (Minimum Entry Requirements)

The cluster subjects for law in Kenya are:

Bachelors of Law (LL.B)

Cluster Subject 1:

English – KCSE B plain needed in English

Cluster Subject 2:

Math A / Math B / Biology / Physics / Chemistry / Biology / GSC – at least C+

Cluster Subject 3:

Geography / CRE / IRE / HRE (Hindu Religious Education/ HAG – at least C+

Cluster Subject 4:

Biology / Physics / Chemistry /  Geography / CRE / IRE / HRE (Hindu Religious Education / GSC / HAG / Home Science / Art & design / Agricuture / WW / MW / BC / PM / ECT / DRD / AVT / Computer / French / German / Arabic / KSL / MUC / BST – at least C+

Notes:

  1. A subject will be considered only ONCE in every section.
  2. You can use the cut off points for the last 3 years as a guide if you want to check if you are qualified. Just log into your KUCCPS account to view the average cut off points for the LL.B course.

Bachelor of Law and Sharia (LL.B.) – offered by UMMA University only

This program is offered by UMMA University School of Sharia & Islamic Studies and targets those who want legal training with a bias in Sharia (Islamic canonical law).

The cluster subjects for this law degree course are:

Cluster Subject 1:

English – KCSE B plain needed in English

Cluster Subject 2:

Math A / Math B / Biology / Physics / Chemistry / Biology / GSC

Cluster Subject 3:

Geography / IRE /HAG

Cluster Subject 4:

BIO / PHY / CHE / BIO / GSC / HAG / GEO /  IRE /  HSC / ARD / AGR / WW / MW / BC / PM /  DRD / AVT / ECT /  CMP / FRE /  ARB / KSL / GER /  MUC / BST

Notes:

  1. A subject will be considered only ONCE in every section.
  2. You can use the cut off points for the last 3 years as a guide if you want to check if you are qualified. Just log into your KUCCPS account to view the average cut off points for the Bachelor of Law and Sharia (LL.B.) at UMMA University.

What qualifications do you need for a law degree? – Frequently asked questions [FAQs]

Having looked at all the requirements for law school in Kenya, let’s now tackle other questions that prospective law students like you often ask kenyaeducationguide.com:

How many years does it take to study law in Kenya?

4 years – in most cases, the course will run for 4 years. After this, you’re supposed to join the Kenya school of law for the Diploma Advocates Training Program.

The program will itself run for 18 months (you undergo in-house learning for 12 months and spend the remaining 6 months in pupilage).

What are the current cluster points for law in UON?

The cluster points for law in UON vary from year to year so we recommend that you log into your KUCCPS account to confirm what the current cut off point is.

That said, competition for places into the LL.B program at the University of Nairobi school of law is quite stiff so the university usually sets the cutoff point higher than most law courses in Kenyan universities.

To give you an idea, here is the UON’s school of law cluster cut off points from the past few years

2019 – 41.880 Points

2018 – 40.096 Points

2017 – 39.710 Points

2016 – 39.195 Points

Can I study for Diploma in law in Kenya? / Is there a diploma in law in Kenya?

Yes, if you did not meet the minimum entry requirements for the LL.B degree program – you need a mean grade of C (C plain) in your KCSE or its equivalent and a minimum of C+ in English.

What you should, however, understand is that this course may not be enough to make you a lawyer/judge.

Rather, the Diploma in Law generally covers Para-legal Studies so it prepares you for a career in areas such as an investigating officer, court clerk, legal assistant, and case management officer, etc.

Where can I study diploma in law in Kenya?

There are a few options. These are:

  1. Kenya school of law (Diploma in Law – paralegal studies)
  2. Mt Kenya University
  3. Kenya institute of Management (Diploma in Law and Management)
  4. Kisii University School of law.

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CPA John Gitahi is a former college lecturer and has been involved in education all his life. He's passionate about helping young people make great career choices. He studied Commerce and ICT at the University and runs several successful online entreprises. He is also an avid traveller.

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