Mekelle University Law School

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Mekelle University Law School

Mekelle University Law School

The School of Law was established as Faculty of Law in the summer of 2001 with the unwavering inspiration of Mr. Wray Witten, the first dean, and huge backup of the MU top management. It was the first public law school outside the capital Addis Ababa. History does not deny that it has been an enormous challenge for Mr. Wray Witten and the top management to envision a functioning law school at a time where the country produced not more than 30 graduates a year. Against an established fear that the School might soon cease to operate, however, Mr. Wray opened up an undergraduate law degree with two faculty members recruited from the Addis Ababa University School of Law. By then, the law school accepted nearly 22 regular and 25 evening students.
The School has three major areas of activity in line with the mandates of Ethiopian higher education institutions. The first mandate is teaching students to be future experts of law. So far, 1,550 students have graduated in the undergraduate program. When graduates of the evening, distance and summer in-service programs are added to the list, the number goes above 2,000. The School has the highest number of postgraduate programs, eight in number, among law schools in Ethiopia. The School currently has 500 regular, 70 evening and 140 summer in-service students at the undergraduate level and 77 regular and 15 evening program students at postgraduate level. (October 2015)
In areas of research, the second mandate, the School has done so many researches on legal and socio-legal issues. Such researches have been presented in workshops and seminars, where stakeholders participate. Many research outputs have also led to publications in reputable journals. The School has a permanent publication outlet, Mekelle University Law Journal, and special publications that are event based.
The School also accomplished big in terms of the community service, the third mandate. Mainly through its centers, the Human Rights Center, the Legal Aid Center and the Environmental and Natural Resources Laws Center, it has given short, medium and long term trainings; accomplished awareness creation campaigns; did advocacy works; counselled, supported and also represented indigent clients before the formal and informal dispute settlement institutions. These centers have been in continual progress in terms of reaching more and more beneficiaries and also in terms of quality of services they render.

School Head- email:
School of Law, office: phone- +251344408379
P.O.Box- 451, Adi Haqi Campus, Mekelle University, Mekelle, Ethiopia


LL.B Programme (Regular, Evening, and Afar In-Service, Defence In-Service)


  • LLM in Taxation and Investment
  • LLM in Constitutional Law
  • LLM in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice
  • LLM in International Human Rights Law
  • LLM in Alternative Dispute Settlement
  • LLM in Legislative Studies and Legal Drafting
  • LLM in Tax Law
  • LLM in Natural Resources Governance
  • The Human Rights Center

The Human Rights Center was established in 2004 to act as a center of research and advocacy on human rights issues. The Human Rights Center has been doing and disseminating problem-solving researches and raising awareness on human rights through training and community awareness campaigns. The Center has had collaborations with local, national and international organisations and has outstanding record of implementing projects.