Programs and admission requirements

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Students who have completed the national preparatory education with acceptable grades and wish to join the School of Law will be selected from a list of students assigned to the social sciences stream on a competitive basis or be placed in the regular program by the Ministry of Education.

Undergraduate Program Objectives

The LL.B. Program at the School of Law aims at providing basic legal training to produce high caliber graduates. Specifically it aims at

  • equipping students with the basic knowledge of major national legislations and procedures, along with the skills of legal interpretation required to solve legal problems;
  • training professionals who will be able to undertake the technical aspects of drafting and revising laws;
  • enhancing the critical thinking abilities of students so that they can understand and implement laws as judges, practicing lawyers, prosecutors, public defenders or academicians;
  • training professionals who can deliver legal advice in public and business laws either by working for particular firms or individuals seeking such advice;
  • educating individuals who will be able to speak to and advise clients with professionalism, understanding and responsibility;
  • preparing dedicated persons who can research and publish, and hence reinforce Ethiopian legal jurisprudence;
  • producing legal professionals who serve society with the highest heed to ethical values, strive to defend rights and liberties and uphold the fundamentals of the rule of law.

Undergraduate Courses

Courses offered in the prevailing modular LL.B. curriculum are Introduction to Law, Legal History and Traditions, Introduction to Ethiopian Legal System, Customary Law, Law of Persons, Family Law, Law of Successions, Introduction to Logic, Jurisprudence, Constitutional Law, Federalism, Administrative Law, Law of Contracts, Law of Extra-Contractual Liability, Psychology and Forensic Science, Sociology and Criminology, General Property Law, Intellectual Property Law, Land Law, Criminal Law, Law of Administrative Contracts, Law of Agency, Law of Sales, Law of Security Devices, Law of Traders and Business Organizations, Tax Law, Laws of Procedure, Law of Criminal Procedure, Law of Civil Procedure, Law of Evidence, Conflict of Laws, Legal Drafting, Legal Writing, Legislative Drafting, Law of Insurance, Law of Banking and Negotiable Instruments, Public International Law, International Trade Law, Investment Law, Environmental Law, Water Law, Human Rights Law, African Union and Human Rights Law, Gender and Law, Pre-Trial, Trial and Appellate Advocacy / Moot Court, Legal Clinics, Legal Ethics, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Senior Thesis, Exit Exam I/II, and Externship.

LL.M. Programs

The School of Law runs five LL.M. Programs. These are LL.M. in Business Law, LL.M. in Constitutional and Public Law, LL.M. in Human Rights Law, LL.M. in International Law, and LL.M. in Urban Property and Land Law.

LL.M. Admission Requirements

A candidate who applies to join any of the LL.M. programs must have LL.B. degree from a recognized university, fulfill the general admission requirements for Graduate Studies of the Addis Ababa University and pass the graduate entrance examination of the School.

 

Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Business Law

Program Objectives

The program aims at satisfying the national demand for highly trained specialist lawyers who have undergone specialized training in business law. In particular, it aims at satisfying the demand for business law experts who can understand and implement the policies of the country, extend consultancy services in the formulation of legal policy and engage in research and teaching at higher education institutions.

 

Graduate Profile

Given the objectives of the program, it is expected that the graduates will be highly trained specialist lawyers equipped with up-to-date knowledge in business law able to analyze and formulate legal policy, to undertake high-level professional research, legal practice, teaching and consultancy. Graduates are expected to:

  • foster the national effort to develop the domestic economy under the free market principle;
  • engage with and enhance the dynamism in the public life of Ethiopians which is being progressively intensified following the implementation of decentralized form of government and a new set of constitutional and administrative values;
  • ensure that national interests are articulated, developed, asserted and defended effectively and sufficiently as the country enters the global world more forcefully;
  • help entrench the efforts to promote, protect, and enforce human rights not only in Ethiopia but also at regional and international levels; and
  • undertake high level research and legal practice and conduct teaching and consultancy services at higher education institutions.

Modules

Semester I

No. Module No. Module Title ECTS Total Hours
1 Laws-614 Research Methods (C) 7 189
2 BLS-611 Theories and Principles of Economic Law (M) 7 189
3 BLS-614 Comparative Commercial Law (M) 7 189
4 Elective Modules (E) 9-14 234-378
Total 30-35 810-945

 

Semester II

No. Module No. Module Title ECTS Total Hours
1 BLS-613 Company Law and Finance (M) 7 189
2 Elective Modules (E) 23-28 621-756
Total 30-35 810-945

Semester III

No. Module No. Module Title ECTS Total Hours
1 MTL-777 LLM Thesis (M) 30 810

List of Elective Modules

No Module No. Module Title ECTS Total Hours
1 BLS-617 Advanced Intellectual Property Law (E) 7 189
2 BLS-620 Banking and Insurance Law and Regulation (E) 7 189
3 BLS-621 Commercial Dispute Resolution (E) 7 189
4 BLS-623 Competition Law and Consumer Protection (E) 5 135
5 BLS-629 E-Commerce Law (E) 5 135
6 BLS-619 Financial Market Development and Regulation (E) 7 189
7 BLS-616 International Business Transactions (E) 5 135
8 BLS-612 International Business and Labour Rights(E) 5 135
9 BLS-615 Advanced International Economic Law (E) 5 135
10 BLS-625 Land Law and Policy (E) 5 135
11 BLS-622 Law of Finance and Foreign Investment (E) 5 135
12 BLS-624 Law of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (E) 5 135
13 BLS-627 Natural Resources and Energy Law (E) 5 135
14 BLS-628 Taxation of Business (E) 5 135
15 BLS-626 Transport Law (E) 5 135

 

Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Constitutional and Public Law

Program objectives

The program aims at satisfying the national demand for lawyers and law teachers who have undergone specialized training in constitutional and public law. In particular, it aims at satisfying the demand for constitutional and public lawyers, who can understand and implement the new policies of the country, extend consultancy services in the formulation of legal policy and research and teach at higher education institutions.

Graduate Profile

The program aims at producing trained specialist lawyers in constitutional and public law who can:

  • foster the national effort to develop the domestic economy under the free market principle;
  • engage with and enhance the dynamism in the public life of Ethiopians which is being progressively intensified following the implementation of decentralized form of government and a new set of constitutional and administrative values;
  • ensure that national interests are articulated, developed, asserted and defended effectively and sufficiently as the country enters the global world more forcefully;
  • help entrench the efforts to promote, protect, and enforce human rights not only in Ethiopia but also at regional and international levels; and
  • undertake high level research, legal service, and conduct teaching and consultancy services at higher education institutions

Modules

Semester I

No. Module No. Module Titles ECTS Total Hours
1 Laws-614 Research Methods (C) 7 189
2 CPL-631 Constitutional and Political Theory (C) 5 135
3 CPL- 633 Comparative Constitutional Law(C) 7 189
4 Elective Modules (E) 11-16 297-432
    Total 30-35 810-945

 

Semester II

No. Module No. Module Titles ECTS Total Hours
1 CPL-635 State Constitutions and Local Government (C) 7 189
2 CPL-637 Ethiopian Human Rights System (C) 7 189
3 Elective Modules (E) 16-21 432-567
    Total 30-35 810-945

Semester III

No Module No. Module Titles ECTS Total Hours
1 MTL-777 LLM Thesis (C) 30 810

List of Elective Modules

No Module No. Module Titles ECTS Total Hours
1 CPL-733 Advanced Administrative Law (E) 5 135
2 CPL-636 Advanced Criminal Law (E) 5 135
3 CPL-644 Advanced Criminology (E) 5 135
4 CPL-642 Comparative Federalism (E) 5 135
5 CPL-641 Constitutional Litigation (E) 5 135
6 CPL-731 Criminal Justice System (E) 5 135
7 CPL-632 Ethiopian Constitutional Development (E) 5 135
8 CPL-732 Fiscal Policy and Federalism (E) 5 135
9 CPL-638 International Human Rights Law (E) 5 135
10 CPL-634 Law and Development (E) 5 135

Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Human Rights

Program Objectives

The program aims at satisfying the national and individual demand for highly trained specialist human rights lawyers. The program aims at satisfying the demand for human rights law experts who are able to contribute towards the realization of human rights through formulation and implementation of policies, interpretation and execution of laws, provision of consultancy services, and through education and research.

Graduate Profile

Given the objectives of the program, it is expected that the graduates will be highly trained specialist lawyers equipped with up-to-date knowledge and skills in human rights law able to analyze and formulate policy, to undertake high-level professional research, legal practice, teaching and consultancy. Graduates are expected to:

  • design and implement legislative, administrative and other measures necessary for the realization of human rights; enhance the promotion and protection of human rights at national and international levels; and
  • undertake high level research and conduct teaching at higher education institutions and provide consultancy services.

Modules

Semester I

No. Module No. Module Title ECTS Total Hours
1 Laws-614 Research Methods (C) 7 189
2 HRL-651 Philosophy and Politics of Human Rights (C) 7 189
3 HRL-663 United Nations Human Rights System (C) 7 189
4 Elective Modules (E) 9-14 243-378
Total 30-35 810-945

Semester II

No Module No. Module Title ECTS Total Hours
1 HRL-654 African Human Rights System (C) 7 189
2 HRL-653 Ethiopian Human Rights System (C) 7 189
3 HRL-664 Human Rights and Development (C) 7 189
4 Elective Modules (E) 9-14 243-378
    Total 30-35 810-945

Semester III

No. Module No. Module Title ECTS Total Hours
1 MTL-777 LLM Thesis (C) 30 810

 

List of Elective Modules

No. Module No. Module Title ECTS Total Hours
1 HRL-655 International Humanitarian Law (E) 5 135
2 HRL-664 Regional Human Rights Systems (E) 5 135
3 HRL-660 Refugees and IDPs (E) 5 135
4 PIL-752 International Criminal Law (E) 5 135
5 HRL-657 Rights of Children (E) 5 135
6 HRL-658 Rights of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples (E) 5 135
7 HRL-659 Socio-Economic Rights (E) 5 135
8 HRL-661 Rights of Persons with Disabilities (E) 5 135
9 HRL-662 Human Rights and Gender (E) 5 135

 

Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Public International Law

Objectives

The program aims at satisfying the national demand for highly trained specialist lawyers who have undergone specialized training in public international law. In particular, it aims at satisfying the demand for international law experts who can understand and implement the new policies of the country, extend consultancy services in the formulation of legal policy and engage in research and teaching at higher education institutions.

Graduate Profile

Given the objectives of the program, it is expected that the graduates will be highly trained specialist lawyers equipped with up-to-date knowledge in international law able to analyze and formulate legal policy, to undertake high-level professional research, legal practice, teaching and consultancy. Graduates are expected to:

  • foster the national effort to develop the domestic economy under the free market principle;
  • engage with and enhance the dynamism in the public life of Ethiopians which is being progressively intensified following the implementation of decentralized form of government and a new set of constitutional and administrative values;
  • ensure that national interests are articulated, developed, asserted and defended effectively and sufficiently as the country enters the global world more forcefully;
  • help entrench the efforts to promote, protect, and enforce human rights not only in Ethiopia but also at regional and international levels; and
  • undertake high level research, legal practice and conduct teaching and consultancy services at higher education institutions in public international law.

Modules

Semester I

No. Module No. Module Title ECTS Total Hours
1 Laws-614 Research Methods (C) 7 189
2 PIL-774 Theories of International Relations (M) 7 189
3 PIL-685 Law of Treaties (M) 5 135
4 Elective Modules (E) 11-16 297-432
  Total 30-35 810-945

Semester II

No. Module No. Module Title ECTS Total Hours
1 PIL-672 Law of International Organizations (M) 7 189
2 PIL-682 Settlement of International Disputes (M) 7 189
3 Elective Modules (E) 16-21 432-567
Total 30-35 810-945

Semester III

No. Module No. Module Title ECTS Total Hours
1 MTL-777 LLM Thesis (M) 30 810

List of Elective Modules

No. Module No. Module Title ECTS Total Hours
1 PIL-772 African Union Law (E) 7 189
2 PIL-752 International Criminal Law (E) 5 135
3 PIL-622 International Economic Law (E) 7 189
4 PIL-673 International Environmental Law (E) 5 135
5 HRL-652 International Human Rights Law (E) 5 135
6 PIL-681 International Water Law (E) 5 135

 

 

Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Urban Property and Land Law

Program Objectives

The program aims at enabling students:

  • To provide learning opportunities so that students can equip graduates with the knowledge and understanding, skill and competence to undertake advanced research in law in general and in the Urban Property and Land Law in particular.
  • To contribute to the University`s objectives of graduate studies expansion by providing high quality education and increase their employability in the urban governance sector of the country.
  • To produce graduates who are capable of undertaking research and consultancy tasks on urban law areas, as per the needs of the MUDHC of Ethiopia.
  • To provide a qualification that fully meets the learning outcomes intended.
  • To provide an LLM that develops the students’ skills to understand and analyze law, governance and policy, particularly in the urban administration contexts.

Graduate profile

Upon successful completion of all the requirements of the LLM in UPLL, the graduates will have expertise in urban property and law issues that would be encountered in the process of advising their clients, skills in drafting legal documents and teaching urban property and land law. More specifically, the graduates will have competence in the following areas:

  • draft property and land related contracts, prepare legal guidelines or manual for the personnel working in land administration office;
  • advise, consult and negotiate on property expropriation and land lease matters, including property valuations;
  • serve as head property registration and certification office or legal advisors to such office;
  • Undertake urban land use policy and law research or make analysis of the law and policy whenever necessary;
  • serve as an expert in urban land dispute settlement cases (in judicial, administrative, and alternative dispute resolution processes);
  • be conversant with the existing urban land use problems and practices, to fight corrupt practices by enforcing the laws and regulations to that effect;
  • advise clients on urban environmental law issues;
  • consult and advise on taxation law of urban property; and
  • serve as a legal advisor to city governments and other government agencies or private entities on urban land and property issues.

Modules

First Year – Semester I

  1. UPL-611 Advanced Law of Contracts (7 ECTS)
  2. UPL-621 Advanced Property Law (7 ECTS)
  3. (Common) Research Methods (7 ECTS)
  4. UPL-631 Ethiopian Land Law and Policy (3.5 ECTS)
  5. UPL-612 Laws and Policies of Municipal Governance (7 ECTS)

First year – Semester II

  1. UPL-622 Urban Land Dispute Settlement (7 ECTS)
  2. UPL-632 Urban Environmental Law (7 ECST)
  3. UPL-642 Comparative Urban Land Use and Lease Law (7 ECTS)
  4. UPL-652 Urban Property Tax Laws (5 ECTS)
  5. UPL-662 Law of Urban Property and Land Registration (5 ECTS)

Second Year

  1. UPL-777 Master’s Thesis (30 ECTS)

PhD Program in Law

Program Objectives

The objective of the curriculum is to produce graduate level teachers, researchers and high level policy analysts in the field of law armed with theoretical and methodological knowledge, skills and attitudes.

Graduate Profile

Students who have successfully completed course work and dissertation are expected to:

  1. demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the relevant field of law;
  2. competently discharge graduate teaching responsibilities;
  3. design and undertake legal research independently and produce research reports of publishable quality; and
  4. critically analyze principles, theories, practices and main discourses in the discipline of law and related fields; and
  5. be able to serve as policy analysts for governmental, non-governmental and international organizations.

Admission requirements

To be admitted to the PhD Program in Law, an applicant must:

  1. have an LL.B and LL.M or LL.B and MA in interdisciplinary legal Studies;
  2. have an undergraduate or graduate thesis or submit a peer reviewed or edited publication;
  3. pass interview to be conducted by an admission committee;
  4. pass an entrance examination set by the Graduate Commission (GC) of the Law School;
  5. Submit at least two reference letters from his/her previous teacher or research supervisor or thesis examiner;
  6. File a concept note that highlights a potential research area and
  7. Produce a motivation letter.

Modules

Year I Semester I

No. Course Name Module code Credit hours ECTS
1. Advanced Research Methodology PhDL-701 3 7
Sociology of Law PhDL-711 3 7
Law and Economics PhDL-721 3 7
                                                                                                  Total: 9             Total: 21

Year I Semester II

No. Course Name Module code Credit hours ECTS
1. Law and Globalization PhDL-732 3 7
Theories, Processes and Structures of Constitutional Governance PhDL-742 3 7
Economic Regulation PhDL-752 3 7
                                                                                                   Total: 9             Total: 21

 

Year II Semester I to Year IV Semester II

No. Course Name Module code Credit hours ECTS
1. Selected Books Seminar PhDL-761 Pass/Fail Pass/Fail
2. Administration of Justice in Ethiopia PhDL-771 Pass/Fail Pass/Fail
PhD Dissertation PhDL-781