Kituo Cha Sheria has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kenya School of Law (KSL) to provide clinical legal education and conduct community legal outreaches during the residential training and pupillage programme of the lawyers.
The MOU that was signed on 22nd September 2021 at the KSL premises will see the school identify and refer students to the Organization to participate in the community outreach activities such as legal aid clinics, civic education, webinars and public fora.
The School shall share information with students on internship, externship and mentorship opportunities as well as provide technical support for training programmes of community paralegals that are conducted by Kituo Cha Sheria.
Speaking at the signing of the MOU at KSL board room, Kituo Cha Sheria Executive Director Dr. Annette said that the collaboration will significantly bridge the widening gap in access to justice caused by the pandemic. “The pandemic is significantly worsening an already serious global gap in access to justice. We at Kituo shall collaborate with the School in community outreach activities aimed at responding to societal legal challenges”.
“As professional legal training for law graduates, KSL shall provide support in continued professional training for members of the Organization’s volunteer advocates’ scheme through limited sponsorship opportunities and or resource persons.” Said Mr. Henry Mutai, the Director/Chief Executive Officer Kenya School of Law
Where possible, the School shall participate in internal and external capacity building programmes by the Organization.
The Memorandum of Understanding that was signed by the Dr. Annette Mbogoh Executive Director, Kituo Cha Sheria and Mr. Henry Mutai the Director/Chief Executive Officer Kenya School of Law will also see Kituo provide in-house externship, pupillage, volunteer and or internship opportunities for students to expose them to practical experiences on the application of the law and support the School’s mentorship programme for its students.
Kituo shall ensure students are under the supervision of a qualified in-house advocate during the duration of an externship, pupillage, volunteer or internship programme.
Among the dignitaries who were present at the signing include, KITUO Board of Directors Chair Mr. Justus Munyithya, Mercy Wambua, Chief Executive Officer, Law Society of Kenya and a Board Member at Kituo, KSL secretariats and students, and Kituo staff.