The precursor to the Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education (hereinafter referred to as “ZIALE” or “the Institute”) was the Law Practice Institute (LPI) established in 1968. The LPI was set up to provide basic training in the essentials of legal practice to post graduate law students leading to the admission of qualifying students as legal practitioners. The Institute was re-established by an Act of Parliament in 1996 to be a body corporate.
Under the Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education Act No. 10 of 1996 (hereinafter referred to as “the Act”), Chapter 49 of the Laws of Zambia, the functions were widened to provide national, regional and international post-graduate legal studies, and training in Legislative Drafting as well as other courses (Section 4(1)). The flagship programme is the Legal Practitioners’ Qualifying Examination (LPQE) Course, which is meant for university law graduates wishing to be admitted to the Zambian Bar. In addition to the LPQE and Legislative Drafting courses, the Institute is mandated to offer training programmes as outlined in Section 4(2) of the Act.
In its vision, the Institute seeks to emerge as the leading provider of quality legal training, nationally, regionally and beyond. The Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education quest is to provide quality post-graduate legal studies and services to both legal and non-legal professionals, and in order to enhance the rule of law and good governance in Zambia.
LIKANDO KALALUKA, SC.
ATTORNEY-GENERAL AND CHAIPERSON OF THE COUNCIL OF ZIALE