Zimbabwe Institute of Legal Studies

The Zimbabwe Institute of Legal Studies (ZILS) in Harare, is the first and currently only college awarding law courses in Zimbabwe. It was founded in 2009 by Godwills Masimirembwa a lawyer by profession and former Chairman of the ZMDC.[1] First students enrolled in 2010 and all programmes are taught in the English language. The college awards five courses (Applied Law, Forensic Science and Crime Investigations, Forensic Accounting And Fraud Investigations, Mineral Law And Policy, Commerce And Law) up to National Diploma (ND) level through five law-related departments. The college is accredited by the National Council for Higher Education, under the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education. Therefore, the courses awarded by the ZILS have equal weight as courses awarded by Harare Polytechnic because their courses are accredited by the same body. In theory, the ZILS is a polytechnic of law because Harare Polytechnic does not offer law courses.

Zimbabwe Institute of Legal Studies
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Other name
Equip – Empower – Enhance
Established2 February 2010 (2010-02-02)
FounderGodwills Masimirembwa
Academic affiliation
Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education Institute of Forensic Accountants
ChairmanGodwills Masimirembwa
Academic staff
Studentsapprox 300
53 Fife Avenue, Harare
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17°49′18″S 31°02′40″E / 17.8216894°S 31.0443885°E / -17.8216894; 31.0443885Coordinates: 17°49′18″S 31°02′40″E / 17.8216894°S 31.0443885°E / -17.8216894; 31.0443885
ColorsGold and Navy blue


The Zimbabwe Institute of Legal Studies officially opened for business in 2010 with its founder assuming Chairmanship of the college.[2] In 2012, the Law Society of Zimbabwe threatened to disrepute the college by claiming not to recognize its certificates and diplomas. It appeared that the President of the LSZ had a personal feud with Godwills Masimirembwa because he only questions awards by the ZILS and accepts any qualification from colleges abroad. In 2018, the institution partnered with CEE Creative Zimbabwe Web Design, a web development company, to provide online library services.


  1. Applied Law
  2. Forensic Science and Crime Investigations
  3. Forensic Accounting And Fraud Investigations
  4. Mineral Law And Policy
  5. Commerce And Law

See alsoEdit

  1. Zimbabwe Institute of Management
  2. Zimbabwe Institution of Engineers


  1. ^ "Company Overview of Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation". 27 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Mabvuku is in my heart: Masimirembwa". 7 July 2013. Retrieved 27 October 2017.

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