The Institute facilitates the broadest possible impartation of the foundational knowledge of law among community members whose professional or regular work often interfaces with the lawn and yet lack the relevant legal training; and those individuals whose qualifications fall short of eligibility to enroll in diploma or degree programmes. The programme acts as a ladder for further studies in the field of law for individuals aspire to practice law yet do not have the required qualification. In this regard, the Institute takes into serious consideration gender balance and reasonable accommodation and opportunities for persons from disadvantaged groups.
Upon completion of the Course, students are expected to acquire ability to apply basic legal concepts, theories, and fora in handling basic legal matters. Students must have:
a) Basic legal knowledge, understanding and skills of general legal principles
b) Ability to apply basic legal principles, theories and machineries in handling general legal issues at their respective work situations.
c) Ability to prepare and handle basic legal documents
d) Ability to assist in the handling of thematic and specific researches.
e) Ability to apply the acquired knowledge and skills judicial and legal settings.
f) Competence to pursue other training opportunities in law.
g) Ability to assist practicing lawyers in the process of discharging their duties.
h) Substantial ability and agility to assist their senior staff with more confidence.
i) Ability to practice as para-legals in various settings and systems which aim to prevent, suppress and punish such violations as child trafficking, trafficking in persons, all forms of exploitation, abuse of power or position of vulnerability, all forms of discrimination, breach of physical integrity etc.
j) Ability to participate effectively in a free society, promote understanding, tolerance, friendship and peace.
k) Ability to identify and remedy social forces that affect sustainability and hinder or diminish humanity, equality and accessibility.
Students who have completed Form Four or equivalent and scored at least Division Four but with no above-specified credits shall be required to attend a special make-up programme comprising of introductory courses on the core subjects of the Certificate in Law Programme and subsequently sit for an examination. If a candidate scores a B grade will be eligible for admission.
The Programme runs for the duration of one (1) year. The Programme is run in two semester each constituting at least fifteen (15) weeks.
The Institute offers short courses to interested individuals. These courses do no lead to the award of the Certificate in Laws. However certificates acknowledging successful attendances of the candidates are duly issued. The Institute allows candidates to undertake courses at the Institute and transfer the credits they score to the institutions they are originally or prospectively enrolled.