If you studied in a public Secondary school in Kenya, there are only 2 dream careers that your teachers sold to you. These dream career choices were either medicine or law. However, the teachers only sold this dream to the creme de la creme of the class and not everyone. What the teachers failed to include in this dream is that it would take them a tooth and nail to pass their pupillage exams. If you are more like me, I know you didn’t know about the Council of Legal Education until February this Year. Since I know we are many, today we will talk about the Council of Legal Education Kenya.
What’s the Mission for Council of Legal Education Kenya
Its primary mission is to
- promote quality training and legal education in Kenya through
- equation of legal foreign education, accreditation
- harmonization of all legal programs
Its vision is simply to ensure we have great lawyers for global competitiveness.
Establishment and Purpose
Moreover, the council of legal education was re-established in 2012 under the Legal Education Act. The main responsibility for this council is to:
- To provide a system that guarantees quality legal education even if it means 92% of those who take bar education failing.
- To maintain the highest possible standards in legal education providers- Licensing comes in here.
- Promoting quality legal education and training
What then are the main services that the Council of Legal Education Offers?
Licensing of legal education providers Kenya
Some years back, there were some cases of some private Universities that had not been accredited by the council but were offering legal courses. The case was quite bad because there was a possibility of the students who took this degree being considered obsolete. To avoid all this, the council of legal education licenses any institution that makes an application and meets the required guidelines.
The licensing process is guided by the 2016 Act, that is Accreditation and Quality Assurance. In order for an institution’s application to be met, it has to meet the following requirements:
Upon making this application, the council will get back to the institution within 30 days of making the application with this information:
- Whether the application meets the set guidelines
- When the council will visit the institution for an inspection
- Report on quality assurance.
However, if you are studying law in a particular institution it’s important to check the status of your institutions licensing from here.
2. Recognition and Approval of Foreign Law Qualifications
If you studied for Law from a foreign University and would like to practice in Kenya. one needs to make an application to the council of legal education for your papers to be recognized. This application will cost you a whooping Ksh. 10,000. Other attachments are:
3. Applications for clearance to join the Advocates Training Programme
This is the application which University Law graduate has to make in order to join Kenya school of law. Just like the foreign application one, there are a few documents that an applicant has to attach. These documents include:
4. Bar Examinations
It is this council that governs all the bar examinations in Kenya. The bar examinations run twice a year that is in July and November. Further to this, the council has the responsibility of managing and developing the examination framework.
I firmly believe that we have some of the best brains when it comes to lawyers and advocates. However, there are a few elements that are not on par with the rest. As a result of this, we have some few individuals whose view of this institution is jaded. All I hope is that you have got some understanding of the council of legal education.