Zimbabwe Institute of Legal Studies
MottoEquip – Empower – Enhance
FounderGodwills Masimirembwa
ChairmanGodwills Masimirembwa
Academic staff
Address53 Fife Ave, Harare, Harare, Zimbabwe
ColorsGold and Navy Blue

The Zimbabwe Institute of Legal Studies is the country’s first and only legal/law college offering middle-level qualifications in law and related specialist disciplines. It offers holders of 'O' Level qualifications an opportunity to embark on a journey to become lawyers, which journey has been the exclusive preserve of holders of 'A' qualifications. Even holders of 'A' level qualifications who have a dream of becoming lawyers but do not have sufficient points to enter university can embark on this journey and eventually realise their dreams.

ZILS is registered with the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education as a Vocational Training Institution.It is the only institution in the country offering HEXCO National Certificate & National Diploma courses in law and related specialist fields.


It offers the following courses on a full-time, block release and part-time basis:

  • Applied Law
  • Forensic Science and Crime Investigations
  • Forensic Accounting And Fraud Investigations
  • Mineral Law And Policy
  • Commerce And Law


The entry requirements for each of the courses are as follows:

Applied Law

  • Mathematics
  • English Language
  • Any other 3

Forensic Science and Crime Investigations

  • Mathematics
  • English Language
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics

Forensic Accounting And Fraud Investigations

  • Mathematics
  • English Language
  • Accounts
  • Any other 3

Mineral Law And Policy

  • Mathematics
  • English Language
  • Geography
  • Any other 3

Commerce And Law

  • Mathematics
  • English Language
  • Accounts
  • Any other 3

Certification Duration

The National Certificate takes 1 year to complete, whilst the National Diploma take 3 years.

This is a unique opportunity for students and pupils with the appropriate “O” level subjects to embark on legal studies leading to the attainment of a nationally recognized qualification.

Graduates who desire to progress to study for degrees in the various disciplines offered by ZILS will be able to do so using their National Diploma qualifications.

However, each qualification is a stand-alone qualification enabling the graduate to seek employment in both the civil service and the private sector. Career opportunities are to be found in the field of law in general as a legal clerk, legal officers, company secretaries, compliance officers, administrators, forensic auditors, mine secretaries, public prosecutors, magistrates, forensic investigators, etc.

We also offer a twelve (12) week short course conducted during after work hours or during weekends to empower persons who have no legal qualification with legal literacy & cognition skills. The course covers the following subjects:

  • Introduction To Law
  • The Constitution of Zimbabwe
  • Civil Law & Court Proceedings
  • Criminal Law & Court Proceedings
  • Family, Inheritance & Succession Law
  • Business Law
  • Tax Law
  • Labour, Conciliation & Arbitration Law
  • Basic Intellectual Property Law
  • Practical Administrative Justice