How To Become A Lawyer In Zimbabwe

By | January 5, 2023

How To Become A Lawyer In Zimbabwe

A Lawyer is a person who practises or studies law, especially a solicitor or a barrister oR an attorney.

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Degree and Entry Requirements

(Four years full time study and Six Years Part-Time)

Entry requirements

(a)                   Normal Entry

Entry into the LL.B (Hons) programme is very competitive and in recent years the minimum entry qualification has been 15 “A” level points.  Since 2010, the competition for vacancies has increased so much that only candidates with 15 points are guaranteed a place.

(b)     Mature Entry                        

The usual university requirements apply

and only five places are reserved for this group.

(c)                   Special Entry

Five places each year are reserved for this category and the candidates are either magistrates or prosecutors working for the Judicial Service Commission and the Ministry of Justice.

Laws  Honours Degree (LLBS (Hons)  Full Time Courses and Course Unit Values

Core Courses       Codes   UnitsPrerequisite

Level 1

        Introduction to Law                              LB101   20     

        History of Roman Dutch Law              LB102   20

        Contract                                                 LB103   20

        Criminal Law                                          LB104   20

        Constitutional Law                               LB105   20

        Statutory Interpretation                      LB106   20


  Core Courses Codes     Units Prerequisite

 Level 2

        Criminal Procedure                         LB201     20       Criminal Law           LB103   

        Family Law                                       LB203     20

        Delict                                                LB204     20

        Civil Procedure                                LB206     20       Introduction to Law              LB 101

        Commercial Law                              LB207     20       Contract    LB102

        Evidence                                           LB208     20       Introduction to Law              LB101,

        Criminal Law                                    LB103

 Level 3

        Accounting for Legal Practitioners               LB301 20

        Civil Procedure (Superior Courts) LB302     20

        Jurisprudence                                  LB303     20

        Property Law                                   LB304     20

        Legal Ethics                                      LB305     10

Level 4

        Clinical and Practical Skills Training             LB401 40

        Dissertation                                     LB 470    40

Optional Courses

        Law of Taxation                               LB002     20

        Law of Banking and Negotiable

        Instruments                                     LB003     20

        Administrative and

        Local Government Law                   LB004     20

        Environmental and Local Planning

        Law                                                   LB005     20

        Public International Law                LB006     20

        Labour Law                                      LB008     20

        Law of Succession                           LB009     20

        Criminology                                     LB010     20

        Insurance Law                                  LB011     20

        Law of Public and

        Private Enterprises                         LB012     20

        International Economic and

        Trade Law                                         LB013     20

        Women’s Law                                  LB015     20

        Industrial and Intellectual Property            

        Law                                                   LB018     20       Property Law           LB304

        Insolvency Law                                LB 020    10       Property Law           LB304

        Law of Public and Private Enterprises         LB012

        Conveyancing                                  LB021     20       Property Law           LB304

        Notarial Practice                             LB022     10       Property Law           LB304

        Advocacy                                          LB026     10

        Customary Law                               LB027     20

        Alternative Dispute Resolution     LB028     10

        Human Rights Law                          LB030     20

        Private International Law               LB031     20

        Competition Law                             LB032     20

Master’s in Women’s Law

This is a regional programme and a significant number of places during each intake are reserved for regional candidates drawn from countries such as Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Lesotho, etc.

Entry Requirements

The minimum requirements are a good first degree in law (usually a 2.1 pass) and in exceptional cases a degree in a related discipline (e.g Social Science or Gender or Development Studies) would be acceptable as well.

In the selection process the candidate’s post-graduation work and other experience in areas related to women and the law will be taken into account.

Programme duration and structure

The programme will normally commence in January of each calendar year and will run until May/June of the following year (18 months).

1. The first semester (15 weeks) will focus on theories and methodologies in Women’s Law – comprising lectures, seminars, fieldwork and research methodology practicals. That is:

               Theories and Perspectives in Women’s Law                                               MWL 501

               Research Methodologies and Methods in Women’s Law                             MWL 502 

               Practical Paper                                                                                         MWL 503 

The first semester will normally be conducted from January to April in the year in which the programme begins, although the University reserves the right to vary the time when this section of the programme is offered in any year.

2. The second semester which will run for 12 weeks, normally commencing in mid June of the year in which a programme commences. In this semester candidates will:

Take two options from the list of optional courses offered in the MWL programme, which are:

               Women, Access to Resources and the Law                                                       MWL 01

               Men, Gender and the Law, A Masculine Perspective                                         MWL 02

               Women, Commerce and Law in Africa                                                             MWL 03

               Women, Law Reform and Social Justice Strategies                                          MWL 04

Women, Human                                                     Rights, Constitutions and the International Arena:                                          MWL 05

                                                                            Women and Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Punishment                        MWL 06

An African Perspectiv                                                                                                  Women, Family, Culture and the Law                                                              MWL 07       The WLC shall determine which optional

During the second semester candidates will determine their dissertation topic for the third semester and develop their dissertation proposal and field work methodology and methods under the guidance of supervisors approved by the Departmental Board of the Women’s Law Centre and appointed by the Director of the Women’s Law Centre.

In the third semester each candidate shall conduct field research and present for examination a 20 000-25 000 word dissertation in a selected field in Women’s Law (see above). The research for the dissertation should be carried out in the candidate’s home country, the writing up will, normally, be conducted at the Women’s Law Centre, University of Zimbabwe.

Which University is best for law in Zimbabwe?

The Zimbabwe Institute of Legal Studies is the country’s first and only legal/law college in the paralegal directory offering middle level qualifications in law and related specialist disciplines.

How much does it cost to study law in Zimbabwe?

The largest cities offering Bachelor programs in Law and Jurisprudence in Zimbabwe

CityUniversitiesTuition fees
Harare2~ $2,300
Gweru1~ $800
Masvingo1~ $3,400

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