High Court (Constitutional Division) orders Kenya School of Law to admit Student

LJA Associates LLP successfully represented the Petitioner in Constitutional Petition, Robert Uri Dabaly Jimma v Kenya School of Law & Kenya National Qualifications Authority, (2021) eKLR where the Court allowed a Petition and ordered the Kenya School of Law to admit the Petitioner into the Advocates Training Program.

This was an important matter given its Constitutional and Human Rights value to our client and its public interest value. It creates precedence for those intending to join the Kenya School of Law (KSL) upon graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from a recognised University. Robert successfully completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Law from a recognised institution and applied to join KSL. The Petitioner had also qualified from the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) system of learning in order to be admitted for his Degree Course. KSL rejected his application to join the school for the Advocate Training Programme (ATP), requiring a letter of equation from the Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA). KNQA expressed its inability to equate his qualification.

Aggrieved by these decisions, we petitioned the High Court and obtained Judgment in his favour. The High Court declared that Robert’s rights and fundamental freedoms guaranteed under Articles 27, 28, 43 and 47 of the Constitution and the law were jointly and variously infringed by KSL. The High Court issued an order of Certiorari to quash both decision by KSL (the only institution in Kenya allowed to offer training to qualified lawyers prior to their Admission to the Kenyan Bar) to reject the admission and KNQA’s inability to equate Robert’s ‘O’ level qualifications.

Read more here: http://kenyalaw.org/caselaw/cases/view/208249.