The Department was established in 2007 when the Department of Law, then the only department in the Faculty of Law, was divided into two departments: the Department of Foundational Law and the Department of Practical Legal Studies. The pedagogical approach and philosophy of the department focuses on the development of practical skills, as is evident in the portfolio of courses offered and the leading role played by the departent's staff and students in the provision of pro bono legal clinic services to the community.
The Department of Practical Legal Studies offers courses whose main objective is to develop legal skills that equip students to be effective practitioners of the law in a wide variety of professional contexts .These are practical courses and aims at imparting/inculcating and enhancing competences, skills and attitudes that are necessary for one to become a lawyer of great difference.
The department also operates a number of legal clinics which provide students with hands-on legal experience by involving them in the provision of legal services to clients under the direction and supervision of faculty staff who have been admitted to the Malawi Bar. In addition to the clinical services provided at the premises of the Faculty of Law at Chancellor College, others are provided in weekly sessions conducted at a purpose-built drop-in centre located in Chikanda, a low-income neighbourhood located adjacent to Chancellor College. The clinics are organised thematically and currently focus on child rights, bail and mitigation, disability rights, HIV and AIDS, the environment and commerce.
Chancellor College is the largest among the constituent colleges of the University of Malawi. Ever since its establishment, the college has produced graduates who have gone on to become leaders in various sectors of Malawian society.Learn More