Law students have their goose cooked. We feel cheated.
After going through a rigorous four year undergraduate course, we are still expected to go to the Kenya School of Law for another two years before we get our Diplomas to practice law. There we are reminded of the stuff we learned in college and expected to pay a total of Ksh. 196, 000. That added to the day to day expenses such as food, accommodation and transport comes to quarter a million. All in a span of one year. There is no student loan, regardless of whether or not you are from a poor family.
But that is not the problem. We know what we sign up for. But consider this: This past academic year, students sat for exams, which were released on the sixteenth of June. Of the 1,400 students who sat for the exams, only 125 passed all the papers.
So more than 90% of those students either failed some units or had missing marks or both.
Now, a remark costs Kshs. 10, 000 whereas a resit costs Kshs. 15, 000. And anyone who has missing marks pays a standard fee of Kshs. 2, 000 to enable the lecturer ‘check the marks’. Nobody is guaranteed of passing in case one choses to go down that root. When you think of it carefully, anyone who took the test and still wants to ever practice law has to do the papers again.
It stinks. This trade going on at the Kenya School of Law stinks. It is business galore. Do the math. How much is the institution going to make from the students who failed last year’s sitting? Is it a coincidence that this happens? Are students graduating to the Kenya School of Law just a bunch of busybodies with stagnant porridge between their ears?
Fine, I do agree that ever since all polytechnics and teachers training colleges were accredited and churned into universities, there has been a stream of mediocrity flowing into KSL. That excuse comes close, but it’s no cigar.
The leading university in Kenya, The University of Nairobi School of Law got its accreditation less than six months ago. The lecturers who teach at UoN, Moi and Strathmore Law School are also the same ones who teach at KSL.
So that means they give us the go ahead in campus, and run ahead to show us the stop sign at KSL? It does not add up, and I wonder why we are not making enough noise about this. Are we that afraid of Prof. PLO Lumumba and his grasp of the queen’s dialect?
Anyway, to those who long to be called ‘learned friends’, stand informed. Be inspired. As for me, consider this my towel. I’m done.