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Advocates Training Programme

This will run in Term 4 from January to the end of June. Students will be required to furnish a Registration of Pupillage Certificate (Form D) and a duly executed pupillage deed from an Advocate of at least five (5) years standing to the effect that such Advocate has accepted to take the student as a pupil. This should be accompanied by a copy of the Pupil Master’s practicing certificate for the current year and filed with the School by February the following year.

The pupillage period shall be January to June. During pupillage, students are expected to maintain a daily log of their activities in the Pupillage Workbook which will be issues at the end of term 3.

The administration of the pupilage programme is based on the criteria set out under section 13 of the Advocates Act, that is to say, instruction in the proper business, practice and employment of an advocate.”

The following shall constitute the content of pupilage instruction:

a) Client Care:
• Interviewing
• Counseling
• Opinion writing

b) Litigation (Criminal/Civil)/Dispute resolution

c) Conveyancing/Commercial Practice

d) Drafting (leases, sale agreements etc)

e) Professional Ethics & Etiquette

f) Office Practice & Management ( use of office technology, records)

g) Management (time management, money management)

A law firm or legal department that is able to effectively instruct on at least 75% of the above may be allowed to take pupils. A pupil master should not take/supervise more than 2 pupils per academic year.

Pupillage hours run through official working hours from Monday to Friday. Students must be present throughout this Practical training and shall not carry on any other employment. This training is a full time course. Kenya School of Law supervisors shall from time to time call on the places of pupillage to assess students’ progress which includes but is not limited to, examining the Pupillage Workbook.

If a student does not satisfy the requirements of the Pupillage programme, such student shall be liable to repeat the exercise.

At the end of the pupillage programme, the pupil master shall forward a confidential report on the performance at pupillage of the student and the student shall file a Certificate of Completion of pupillage duly signed by the Pupil master. Kenya School of Law supervisors shall from time to time call on places of pupilage to assess students’ progress. In addition, the student shall file a duly completed Pupilage Workbook.

Approved Pupillage Centres
There are broadly three categories of pupillage centers as follows:

(i) Advocates Chambers
Section 13 is very clear on the class of Advocates qualified t take pupils. A pupil Master must be an Advocate of not less than 5 years standing.

(ii) Government
a) Attorney General’s Chambers (State Law Office).
b) Judiciary (At least Resident Magistrate level and above).
c) Legal Advisors: (undertaking substantial litigation work) e.g. (Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission, Kenya Human Rights commission, Kituo Cha Sheria, FIDA)

(iii) Corporations (undertaking substantial litigation work)
a) Private Sector
b) Public Service


Dress Code
The School shall maintain a strict dress code for students, which shall be formal. Formal implies EXCLUDING the following: T-shirts, jeans, miniskirts, skimpy and low cleavage, track-suits, spaghetti tops &tumbocut blouses, peddle pushers, hot pants, vests, etc

Class Supervisors and ATP Lecturers shall stop any student not conforming to the formal dress code and shall not be allowed into the School compound/lecture halls until proper dress code is complied with.

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