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Bill Introduced for Law Students Who Dont Meet Qualifications

Legislator Jane Njeri Maina of Kirinyaga has introduced a new bill that would permit admission to the Kenya School of Law (KSL) for students who do not fulfill the prerequisites.

The Kenya School of Law (Amendment) Bill 2023 aims to amend the Kenya School of Law Act to permit admission to the Kenya School of Law for the Advocates Training Program (ATP) for students who have met the minimum entry requirements for a Diploma in Law and those who have earned a Diploma in Law from a University, University College, or any other recognized institution in Kenya.

As per the MP, the recently proposed Bill aims to simplify the legal student training process following years of demands for reform from multiple parties.

Currently, in order to be admitted to KSL, students must have received a mean grade of C + in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) or its equivalent, along with a minimum grade of B in English or Kiswahili.

There has been prior legislation in the nation that aims to reduce the prerequisites for pursuing legal education, including the one that Njeri is sponsoring.

Babu Owino, the MP for Embakasi East, has previously suggested the Legal Education (Amendment) Bill 2023, which aimed to reduce the demand for law degrees.

The MP stated that removing the requirement that applicants obtain a grade B in either English or Kiswahili will enable more pupils to enroll in the course.

The MP claims that the requirements prevent hundreds of prospective attorneys from participating in the program.

The nation is currently grappling with an increase in the number of instances involving people pretending to be attorneys and other professionals who are not licensed.

The most recent high-profile instance involves Brian Mwenda, who was found to have been practicing law after posing as another lawyer.

The Law Society of Kenya (LSK), however, has promised to root out all scammers in the sector.

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