1. PhD in Laws
PhD is a “taught doctorate” with four semesters of coursework, followed by a Comprehensive research proposal defense in a departmental seminar. This is followed by thesis writing and a viva voce examination which shall take place only after the Senate Higher Degree Committee and Senate have been satisfied that the thesis submitted by the candidate is considered by the examiners to be of an acceptable standard.
i. PhD in law programme by Thesis
ii. PhD in law by coursework and dissertation
i) A candidate must have a Master degree with a GPA of not less than 3.5 in related field from a recognized Higher Learning Institution.
a) Good proficiency in English
b) A concept note that shall be evaluated and approved by experts in the relevant field of study.
2. Master of Laws
The Master of Laws (LL.M) intends to accomplish the following goals: developing candidates’ mastery of the general foundations principles and methodologies of law; developing among candidates an advanced and thorough understanding of key issues and current trends in the chosen area of specialization; developing candidates’ analytical skills and critical understanding, in order to systematically and creatively deal with complex legal issues in the chosen area of specialization, cultivating the capacity to undertake independent study in order to build the candidates’ ability to function in any of the four main tracks of the legal professional, namely academia, administration of justice, advisory functions and administrative or executive work.
Designation of the Master of Laws Degree
The Master of Laws Degree shall be designated according to the area of specialization, as follows:
LL.M (International Law)
LL.M (Economic Law)
LL.M (Human Rights Law)
i) Holder of Bachelor Degree in Law with an average of “B” or a GPA of 2.8 and above from a recognized Higher Learning Institution; OR
ii) Holder of Bachelor Degree in Law with a GPA of not less than 2.7 from a recognized Higher Learning Institution plus five years’ of work experience; OR
iii) Holder of Advanced Diploma in Law with an average of “B” or a GPA of not less than 3.0 from a recognized Higher Learning Institution; OR
iv) Holder of Postgraduate Diploma in Law with an average of “B” or a GPA of not less than 3.0 from a recognized Higher Learning Institution.
A: The work experience consideration
i) Candidates will need to provide proof to the Faculty of Law about a work experience or practice in any aspect of law for at least one year after graduation. Proof of any academic works in the form of short training, research, outreach programmes; etc undertaken after graduation will provide additional weight.
ii) Candidates who show proof of doing additional training, writing or research during the period of practice will be given additional consideration.
iii) Candidates in this category will be advised to select the LL.M program, which corresponds to their area of work or experience.
B: The make-up programme:
i) This applies to holders of the degree of Bachelor of Laws with a GPA between 2.9 and 2.7
ii) Candidates will need to provide proof to the Faculty of Law about a work experience or practice in any aspect of law for at least one year after graduation, as well as any academic works in the form of short training, research, outreach programmes, etc. undertaken after graduating.
iii) Candidates in this category shall be compelled to attend and pass six- months special make-up programme of undergraduate courses. This programme will be comprised of four undergraduate courses which are in line with the candidates’ chosen area of specialization, if they were passed below B grade in the LL.B programme. Upon satisfactory passing of the make-up courses (at a minimum GPA of 3.5), candidates shall be allowed to proceed to the Master of Laws programme.
Duration of the Programme
The duration of the Master of Laws Programme shall be two years divided into four semesters.
Structure of the Degree
The Master of Laws degree programme of St. Augustine University of Tanzania, shall seek to impart to candidates advanced legal knowledge in a broader area of law, or a legal cluster, rather than in a single subject.
The Master of Laws degree shall be pursued by Coursework, writing of dissertation, and production of two publishable papers.
In coursework, candidates will be required to pursue common core courses in the first semester. The candidates will choose a cluster of specialization selected from available options and will pursue them in the second and third semesters.
The coursework requirements shall be fulfilled by attending lectures in each course and accomplishing the following:
i) Doing written assignments for each course.
ii) Seminars presentations which may take the form of paper presentation, panel debate, or moot courts.
iii) Sitting for a semester examination for each course.
After satisfactory completion of coursework, candidates will write a dissertation which will be based on the chosen area of specialization. The dissertation shall be prepared, written, and defended during the second year of the programme.
Paper Publication Requirement
Candidates for the Master of Laws degree shall be required to produce at least TWO PUBLISHABLE PAPERS during the course of study. These could be published in a SAUT Law Journal, or in any law journal of international standards.
Ideally, these two papers will be chosen from among the papers presented by candidates in seminars, where they will further be developed and refined for publication. It is envisaged that the first publication will be done during second semester, and the second one done during third semester.
It shall take 42 credit hours to complete the Master of Laws Degree. The following shall be the distribution of credit hours:
• The taught courses or coursework shall carry a total of 30 credit hours.
• The dissertation which is compulsory shall carry 6 credit hours.
• Each of the two publishable papers shall carry 3 credit hours, making a total of 6 credit hours for this item.
Students will study four core courses common to all Master of Law degree clusters, which amount to 12 credit hours. Then, students will study 6 other courses from their chosen LL.M degree cluster, which amount to 18 credit hours. Of these courses, 4 will be pursued during the second semester of 1st year, and 2 during the 1st semester of second year.
3. Bachelor of Laws
This is a four years programme which envisages training and producing legal practitioners, administrators, academicians, researchers, legal advisors, political leaders, analyst and other executives.
i) Candidates must be holders of Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (A.C.S.E.E) with at least two principal passes in any Arts subjects. They must have at least four (4) credit passes in the Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (C.S.E.E “O” level) including English. In additional, the applicant must have scored in the Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (A- Level) a total of 4.0 points or more in appropriate subjects at the same sitting; OR
ii) Candidates must hold a Diploma in Law with a minimum GPA of 3.0 standing from an institution recognized by the University and or by Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU).
4. Ordinary Diploma in Law
The Diploma in Law is intended to produce graduates who are well equipped with the necessary legal knowledge and skills for the manning of middle-level legal positions both in the public and private sectors.
Aim of the Programme
i. Prepare legal documents, provide legal opinions or perform administrative duties while working as legal technicians, legal officers;
ii. Preparing graduates for the legal officer’s responsibility to improve the administration of justice and providing government and community leadership;
iii. Developing legal and practical skills and inculcating ethical principles;
iv. Enabling students to acquire sufficient knowledge of substantive and adjectival law;
v. Imparting to students’ sufficient field legal research skills;
vi. Imparting to students’ sufficient analytical skills, legal counseling skills, legal documentation skills, negotiation skills, and legal procedural skills.
i) Applicants must be holders of an Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (A.C.S.E.E) with at least one principal pass and two Subsidiary pass; OR
ii) Applicants must be holders of Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (C.S.E.E “O” level) with passes in Non- Religious subjects and Basic Technician Certificate in Law.
5. Basic Technician Certificate in Law
This is one-year course aims at developing legal and practical skills, inculcating ethical principles and imparting to students’ sufficient basic legal documentation and procedural skills.
Aim of the Programme
i. Developing legal and practical skills and inculcating ethical principles
ii. Challenging students to think critically
iii. Imparting to students’ sufficient basic legal research skills, legal counseling skills, legal documentation skills, and legal procedural skills
iv. Enabling students to acquire sufficient knowledge of substantive and adjectival law.
i) Candidates must be holders of Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (C.S.E.E) with at least four passes in Non- Religious subjects including English Language.
MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN OF SCHOOL
Dear colleagues, continuing students and new students, I am extremely pleased to welcome you all to the School of Law at St. Augustine University of Tanzania for the new academic year 2022/2023. Congratulations to our new students, first for getting your place at the university and then for having the good sense to study law.
Our university puts the students at the centre of everything it does; your experience here at SAUT and your success are significant and valid. Your entry into University marks another milestone chapter in your life history. But this chapter is a bit different. You have the opportunity to determine the direction, the plot and the tempo of your story. This can seem as daunting as it is exciting, as challenging as it is empowering. But the great thing is that you are doing something that you have chosen to do, not something that was chosen for you by others.
At SAUT, you will have the opportunity to learn new things, acquire new knowledge, develop new skills, and enhance your attributes in profound ways that will equip you for life after University. Furthermore, all measures of student success are on the upswing, and our research and scholarly enterprises are growing. Many of you are part of that critical investment, and we are very excited that you chose to join us. I hope you will take a moment to read SAUT’s Prospectus for 2022/2023, which paves a path for future opportunities and influence within the University.
Please know that we have invested in your success and look forward to the many ways you will enhance the academic learning and discovery environment at SAUT. We offer many support systems to assist you, so please do not hesitate to ask for help and advice. I also want you to know that there is an abundance of support services available to you. Contact your student advisor, a lecturer or a tutor. There are learning centres at the University like IT and Library to provide support if you require it.
My office will be reaching out to you during the academic year to set up an informal gathering with the Dean, Associate Deans of students and the entire school’s academic staff so that we have an opportunity to get to know each other. In the meantime, I wish you the best as you make a smooth transition to SAUT- thank you again for joining us! I look forward to meeting each of you whenever is necessary.
Dr. Neema Bhoke Mwita
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs - School of Law