Advocates Training Programme
III. FIRM GUIDELINES
a) Point of Contact
i. Kenya School of Law students will ensure they are in contact with Firm leaders and firm members.
ii. Firm meetings will be scheduled and
iii. Ensure correct email addresses have been furnished to Firm Leaders (FLs)
iv. Check emails regularly so as to keep abreast of changes and relevant information.
v. Every student will have access to the ICT lab which is specifically designed to enable students to carry our relevant research and to be able to access their emails.
vi. Be responsible and take it upon yourself to find out the information from colleagues and Firm Leaders in the event of not having access to email facilities on any particular day.
b) Attention to Announcements and Lectures
i. Observe regular attendance of class, pay attention and participate in discussions as directed by the Lecturer.
ii. Ensure all mobile phones are turned off or on silent when a lecture is in session
c) Courtesy among KSL members
i. Maintain respect and etiquette to classmates and staff.
ii. This includes all administrative staff, lecturers, classmates and subordinate staff
iii. All members are mature adults and should accord respect to all
iv. All concerns are to be directed to Firm Leaders unless it is a personal matter which can be addressed to the School. Any such matters to the School should be channeled in writing and sent to the administration department.
d) Concerns & Inquiries
i. Class and lecture concerns should be raised with Firm Leaders, Class Representatives and Class Supervisors (Lecturer).
ii. Firm Leaders will address the minor concerns as far as possible, in default of which, the concerns will be relayed to Class Representatives (CRs)
iii. The Class Representatives will action concerns in consultation with Assistant Director Advocates Training Program, in default of which, they will seek redress or clarification from the administration.
iv. Please do not accept and process information passed along the grapevine as absolute truth unless verified by the Class Representatives.
e) Appointing Firm Leaders (Fls)
i. Firm Leaders can only be appointed by Firm Members (FMs)
ii. A dispute regarding Firm Leaders and Class Representatives will be reported and handled by Class Supervisors in consultation with Assistant Director, Advocates Training Program.
f) Firm Leaders and Class Representatives
i. Firm Leaders should be as accessible as possible to Firm Members and Class Representatives.
ii. Firm Leaders and Class Representatives shall meet regularly, in order to discuss any issues that may have arisen amongst firms and within the class.
iii. Firm Leaders should respond to Firm Members queries and seek further information from class representatives and class supervisors.
iv. Firm Leaders should always direct all concerns that they are unable to answer to the Class Representatives who will in turn take it a notch further to the Administration in default of being able to answer.
v. Firm Leaders to acknowledge receipt of documents and emails so as to maintain clear lines of communication between Class Representatives and Firm Leaders on the aspect of disseminating relevant information to fellow colleagues.
IV. MOOT COURTS
As part of our practical skills training moot courts are an integral part of the overall practical training. Students are divided into groups called ‘firms’ on joining the School and class respectively.
Based on the instructions on the specific subjects the firms prepare pleadings and arguments before a panel on outlined subject matter in form of inter firm and inter class competition and finally participate in national, regional and international competitions.
The following guidelines, have been developed by ATP academic staff are to help students in adequate preparedness for the moot courts.
Moots are legal problems in the form of imaginary cases, which are argued by two student “counsel” (a lead and a junior) on each side, with a “bench” of “judges” (more usually, perhaps, only one judge) representing the Court of Appeal or sometimes the House of Lords, - Glanville Williams, “Learning the Law‟
The Kenya School of Law derives its mandate to engage in Advocates Training Programme from the Kenya School of Law Act, No 26 of 2012 which recognizes it as a training institution that organizes and conducts courses for the acquisition of legal knowledge, professional skills and experience for those seeking admission to the Roll of Advocates; to conduct continuing legal education and professional development for professionals both in the private sector and in government, and to facilitate in the provision of training in other courses.
Legal Notice number 169 of 2009 at Schedule 1 paragraph two provides that the overall training methodologies shall be as follows:-
1. Interactive lectures;
2. Seminars and tutorials;
4. Moot courts;
5. Role plays;
6. Visits/study tours;
7. Exchange programmes;
8. Pupillage and attachment programmes;
9. Clinical work.
This Mooting Handbook seeks to guide Counsel and other interested parties in fulfilling the School’s mandate as set out in the law.
There are a variety of competitions that Kenya School of Law students can participate in. The School will strive to engage and expose students in both internal and external moot court competitions.
Each competition is different and open to all students. Each firm/group will have its own workload and opportunities. The internal competition is weekly, for each class, whilst external competitions will be conducted as and when they arise.