Lawyer Jason Ogoti with the president of the Law Student Society of Kenya Kevin Mwiti addressing journalist outside Milimani law court after the high court suspended Pre-bar examination set as a condition to join Kenya School of Law.
BY SAM ALFAN.
High court has temporally suspended the notification of Pre-bar examinations or any relating proceedings relating to pre-bar examination introduced as a condition to join Kenya School of Law.
Justice Odunga stayed the decision by the Kenya School of Law from administering an examination before students join the college pending the hearing and determination of the case challenging the said decisions by the legal institution.
This is after the students moved to court seeking to stop Kenya School of Law from administering an examination before students join the college.
Kariuki Muchemi, a student of Mt Kenya University says Kenya School Law is breaching the law since the three years grace period when the pre bar examination s would commence has not elapsed.
The Kenya School of Law act of 2012 gave a grace period of three years to allow students who already in law schools in various universities to complete their studies and join KSL without the pre bar examination.
However the 3000 students from 11 universities who have filed their case through Muchemi argue that they entered law school before the act came to force and therefore they ought to be allowed to enter l KSl without undertaking the pore bar examination.
“There was a legitimate expectation that immediately I am conferred or I am eligible for conferment of an LLB Degree I will gain direct admission to the Kenya School of Law since I joined Mt Kenya University way before coming into force of the Kenya school of Law Act , 2012,” said Muchemi in his affidavit to court.
KSL last week placed advertisement in National Dailies inviting students who intend to join the college to prepare for Pre-Bar examination in movement.
The students want the pre bar examinations slated for November quashed and KSL barred from administering any Pre Bar examination until the transition period is over.
Council for Legal education which accredits Universities law schools, Kenya school of law and Attorney general have been named as respondents in the case.
They argue decision by KSl is contrary to Doctrine of Legitimate expectations.