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Title:Legal education in Kenya
Authors:Ojwang, J.B.ISNI
Salter, D.R.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of African Law
Geographic term:Kenya
Subject:legal education
Abstract:For a definition of legal education the authors adopt the position that 'legal education refers to experiences and training which help different kinds of people to understand and use law in society'. This article is concerned essentially with the legal framework for the training of lawyers, the essence of the teaching curriculum, the conduct of training, and the competence and standing of the lawyers so trained in Kenya. To what extent does the prevailing scheme of training provide the special type of lawyering skill called for by the prevailing context of change and adaptation in society? After presenting historical background information, the authors critically examine the preparation for university legal education (current requirements for entry into the LL.B. course); university legal training (the LL.B. course, the postgraduate courses in law, and the academic staff); postuniversity training at the Kenya School of Law; and pupillage. Although they assume that the current approach to legal education will serve to provide lawyers for the normal work of the advocate, the authors doubt whether it will suit the peculiar conditions of Kenya. The short-term courses in law given after university obviously lack an orientation in the context of change in society. Consideration should be given to the expansion of the curriculum at the Kenya School of Law, and to the incorporation of a more societal perspective. Notes, ref.