Welcome to SoL

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 principally 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. For almost three decades after inception, the School offered a three year Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree and a Certificate in Law Programme. In October 1999, it started offering a four-year LL.B. program, and in 2009, the Bachelor of Arts in Law Enforcement (BA. Law Enforcement) programme was conceived and implemented.


In this regard, the School now offers three undergraduate programmes. At the postgraduate level, the School offers a 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 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 webpage 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