This recently established faculty aims to prepare professional graduates with academic and legal knowledge, as well as practical skills in the field of Secular (Common) Law and Shariah (Islamic law), to produce highly qualified graduates with intellectual ability and competence in both fields of law and who can search, interpret and apply original sources to bring about change in legal education and profession by improving the existing Shari‘ah based system; to produce leaders and experts in legal profession who can fulfill demands of the market and work as judges and lawyers; to provide services in various other fields of life; and to provide knowledge in both secular law with Shariah through a more intensive and broader theoretical and intellectual grounding and work towards protection and enforcement of human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Production of the graduates follows demands of the pluralist society to use and apply both kinds of law, hence prepare them to serve the interests of the nation and society.
Shariah has been partly applied to Muslim society in East Africa on personal basis since colonial period, notwithstanding lack of formal training on Shariah on the part of magistrates, judges and legal practitioners generally. This omission and the influence of English common law have often led to misapplication and misinterpretation of Shariah. There is a growing realization from recent developments that judges, magistrates and legal practitioners should have adequate knowledge of Shariah. Hence, teaching of Law with Shariah is expected to fill in the gap not filled by most Universities in Tanzania. Increasing number of students at the Faculty of Law and Shari'ah may indicate increased local community interest in such degree program.
The curriculum lasts for four years and the range of courses includes Philosophy of Shariah, Legal Methods, Criminal Law, Islamic Constitutional Law, Law of Contract, Land Law, History of Islamic Jurisprudence, Labour Law, Constitutional and Legal Systems in East Africa, Criminal Procedure, Islamic Legal Thought, Tax Law, Legal Research Methodology, Administrative Law, Conveyancing Law, Islamic Criminal Law, Law of Torts, Islamic Inheritance and Succession, Principles and Application of Zakat, Public International Law, Principles of Islamic Will and Waqf, Establishment and Procedures of Qadhi’s Courts, Comparative Family Law, Jurisprudence, Law of Business Associations, International Humanitarian Law, Local Government Law, Islamic Commercial Law, Legal Ethics, Comparative Environmental Law, Civil Law Procedure, Law of Succession, Legal Writing and Drafting, Comparative Insurance Law, Banking Law, Islamic Family Law, Private International Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Commercial Law.
Successful completion of the four year degree programme offered by the Faculty leads to the award of Bachelor of Law with Shariah (LLB WITH SHARIAH).