About School of Law
“Part of being a good lawyer is knowing when to keep your mouth shut. But those aren’t the types of people who go to law school.”
The School of Law at Ambo University had a strong start as a department under College Of Social Science And Humanities in 2009 (2002 E.C.) with 60 students in the L.L.B. program launching this program with three staff members. In 2011 (2004 E.C.), it became independent and established as a School of Law. Since then, the School has grown to over 330 students and 24 instructors.
The School has settled permanently at the Ambo University Main Campus where it has expanded its projects and facilities. One of the great strengths of the School has been its diverse teaching staff and active student association.
Like most law schools in Ethiopia, the School of Law at Ambo University does not have separate departments, so every law graduate is trained in all parts of the law. The School has operated under the reformed national curriculum of 2013 (2005 E.C.) developing a five-year curriculum for all Ethiopian law faculties.
Ambo University School of Law aspires to be a distinctive and distinguished national law school dedicated to shape and define just and sustainable laws and policies through intellectual discovery, ethical advocacy, inspired teaching, excellence in research and generous community service.
Ambo University School of Law seeks to teach students about the law and to help them develop the skills necessary to use that knowledge in practice to contributing to social, economic, and cultural development of Ethiopia.
Our goal is for our graduates to possess the core competencies essential to embark on the practice of law such as legal analysis; legal research and writing; fundamentals of client services; fundamentals of dispute processing and legal problem solving; and fundamentals of professional responsibility.
In order to realize the above vision, mission and goals, the School:-
- Advocate the ethics and norm of teaching, learning and research.
- Promote the virtues of truth, integrity, honesty, tolerance, professionalism, and teamwork.
- Ensure openness and transparency in all its dealings and operations.
- Foster strong social responsibility.
- Respect the beliefs and values of others.
- Have the courage to initiate and adapt to change.
Academic Programme Objectives
The following quality objectives have been established to guide the school of law employees in discharging service to students and stakeholders:-
- Manage and govern the school of law efficiently.
- Produce quality and holistic graduates.
- Contributes to knowledge, development and research innovations.
- Enhance the competitiveness of the school of law.
Research and Publication Programme Objectives
This programme is aimed at conducting various researches and publications on various thematic human rights issues, the law and practices. Based on the research findings, it will also take on advocacy initiatives for law and policy change based on the research findings. The researches will also be published on the international and the ambo university Journal.
Free Legal services Programme Objectives
This programme focuses on assisting the poor, disadvantaged and vulnerable to realize their right to access to justice by taking their cases to the court of law on various issues which will affect the rights of the community at large.