Master of Laws


Program Description

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 candidate's 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 candidate's 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)
  • LL.M (General)

Entry Requirements

(i) Holders of Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B) from any institution of higher learning recognized by the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) with a G.P.A of at least 3.5.

A: The work experience consideration

i) This applies to the holders of the degree of Bachelor of Laws with a GPA between 3.4 and 3.0.
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. Proof of any academic works in the form of short training, research, outreach programmes etc undertaken after graduation will provide additional weight.
iii) Candidates who show proof of doing additional training, writing or research during the period of practice will be given additional consideration.
iv) 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 makeup 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 the 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 the dissertation, and production of two publishable papers.

The Coursework

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.

The Dissertation

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 the second semester, and the second one will be during the g third semester.

Credit Hours

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.

ii)The dissertation which is compulsory shall carry 6 credit hours.
iii)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.

Last updated January 2018

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