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 Department of Foundational Law offers courses that introduce students to the foundational theories, doctrines and norms on which legal education and practice are grounded .

The degree is awarded to students who successfully complete the coursework and supervised research on any commercial law topic of his or her choice which culminates in the submission of a dissertation which passes prescribed assessment.

In addition to delivering the courses the Department of Foundational Law actively contributes to the Faculty of Law's research, community outreach and consultancy activities, including those aimed at enhancing the synergies between theory and practice and promoting linkages with the community, the private sector, the government and other stakeholders.

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About Chancellor College

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.

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