Word From The Dean Law School- Mr. Elisha Ongoya.
Kabarak University Law School is a centre of excellence in legal pedagogy, legal research and legal publications in Kenya and the Eastern Africa region. The Kabarak University Law School is founded on the broader Kabarak University moral philosophy of education in a biblical perspective. It has curved out its niche as good governance. In this context, Kabarak University Law School is distinguishing itself as the good governance academy of Kenya’s legal scholarship.
During its inaugural participation in the All African Human Rights Moot Court Competition hosted by the University of Nairobi in the year 2014, Kabarak University Law School was ranked 4th on the Continent. Early in the year 2014, Kabarak University had also made it to the final rounds of the All Kenyan Moot Court Competition held at Kenyatta University.
Kabarak University also made it to the finals of the Kenya National Rounds of the Phillip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition hosted at the Kenya School of Law in February 2015. These are real flesh and blood testimonies to the vibrancy of the Kabarak Univesity Law School.
Kabarak University Law School is no ordinary run-off-the-mill Law School. There are a number features at the Kabarak University Law School that distinguish it from the rest of the park. These are features that make Kabarak University law School the ultimate choice of forum for schooling for any aspiring lawyer in Kenya. This include:
a) An innovative curriculum
The Kabarak University Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) curriculum underwent its first review in early 2015 and was approved by the University Senate for implementation with effect from May 1, 2015. The said curriculum is now under use. It has all the courses prescribed under the Legal Education Act, 2012 as core courses for any Bachelor of Laws Programme in Kenya. In addition to being so statute compliant, the curriculum has innovative courses that a learner will only encounter at Kabarak University Law School. Such courses as Devolution & Governance Law, East Africa & regional Integration Law, and Elections Law are compulsory courses that a learner will only find in the Kabarak University law School curriculum among all the law school curriculums in the Kenya. The full scope of the Kabarak Law School curriculum is available elsewhere on this website. The learner will see a deliberate desire to expose the learner to many spheres of the discipline of the law without losing focus of the niche of the school, to wit, good governance.
b) A vibrant faculty in residence
Kabarak University Law School has invested heavily in a purpose driven and research oriented teaching faculty. The profiles of the members of the teaching faculty of the Kabarak Law School are available on this website. With diversities in their learning and research backgrounds, diversity in exposure and experiences and their wide array of specializations, the law school of a real crucible of legal intelligentsia.
c) Fellowship Programmes
In addition to the faculty in residence, Kabarak University Law School has sought to expose its students to reputable scholars in other institutions under the fellowship programme. The fellows deliver occasional lectures to Kabarak University Law School students giving the students a real opportunity to benefit from intellectual cross-pollination, to good effect.
These fellows have an opportunity to visit Kabarak University and deliver their intellectual doses on site. For scholars who cannot conveniently visit Kabarak University Law School and engage with students on site, there is an ultra-modern facility known as Kabarak University Online where the scholars can take advantage of modern technological tools such as Blackboard, skype etc to have an engagement with students and teachers.
d) Conducive learning environment
That the learning environment at Kabarak University Law School is conducive is self-evident. Located in a serene environment removed from the distractive human activities about 20 kilometres outside Nakuru town, the learner and the teacher at Kabarak University Law School have a real opportunity to focus on their primary business of learning, research and publication.
Owing to its focus on research and publication as its core business, the Kabarak University Law School has set up Centres as the focal points of the research and publication function. The Centre for Jurisprudence and Constitutional Studies is up and running. The Centre for Family & Child law and Policy Research is in the process of establishment. Other centres in the pipeline are; the Centre for Regional Integration and East African Community Law, as well as the Centre for Corporate Governance Law. These centres, a part from providing programmatic leadership on thematic research, also offer internship and mentorship opportunities for students who meet the rigorous and competitive criteria of being attached to them.
As the Kabarak University Law School grows even bigger, these centres are expected to provide the thematic frameworks for post-graduate programmes in the nature of thematic Master of the Laws (LL.M) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programmes in Law along the same thematic lines.
f) Research and Publication initiatives
There is no law school with an emerging publishing tradition that matches Kabarak Law School’s in the fraternity of legal academia in Kenya. Currently, students at kabarak University Law School run two publications, namely, the Kabarak University Students Law Review which is published annually and the Kabarak Monthly Law Bulletin which is published monthly
The staff at Kabarak University law School currently run a number of periodic journals, namely; the Journal of Law and Ethics, the Annual Supreme Court Review and the soon to be launched Kabarak Journal of Private and Commercial Law and the Kabarak University Law Journal.
The newly introduced monthly expert lectures which are mounted by experts in various fields are scheduled to culminate into yet another publication, the Kabarak Constitutionalism and Governance Expert Lecture Series.
g) Conferences, Colloquia and Expert Lectures
As highlighted above, Kabarak University Law School has distinguished itself, and it continues to distinguish itself, as the kennel of research and publication. Dispersal of these intellectual products is necessary. Kabarak University Law School, has therefore set up a number of conferences, colloquia and Expert lectures where presentations, and critiques are shared in equal measure.
h) Innovative Tools of Delivery of Programme
Recently, Kabark Univesity launched an online facility known as Kabarak University Online. Using these tools, scholars the world over are able to deliver lectures to students at kabarak University frm their respective seats. Every so often, the young and energetic faculty at Kabarak University Law School invites scholars from around the globe to interact with their students by use of this facility.
Kabarak University Law School is also endowed with audio-visual tools where students engage with pre-recorded sources of information on various themes that have a relationship with the discipline of the law.
i) Moot Court Competitions and Debates
As highlighted above, Kabarak University is no minnow in moot court competitions both nationally and regionally. All students at Kabarak University are encouraged to participate in moot court competitions as part of the Law School’s commitment to clinical legal education. Through these mock court sessions, the students participate in hypothetical cases and they develop their logical argumentation, research, reasoning and communication skills.
Every student at Kabarak University Law School has been enrolled into a “firm” which is the unit of participation in the weekly moot court competitions in the school.Further, the Kabarak University Law School has created multifarious forums for its students to engage in debates on contemporary legal issues.
j) Ultra-modern, well stocked and equipped library
The Kabarak University Law School is home to an ultramodern well equipped library. The library at Kabarak University Law School values currency of legal resources. There is a further investment in electronic books and other resources that are friendlier to the present generation of students. Duly serviced by the fibre optic cable, the Kabarak University Law School has one of the fastest internet connectivity in the history of Information and Communication Technology.
k) Partnerships and linkages
Kabarak University Law School is fast getting into partnerships and linkages with other institutions for value addition to its learning. Currently Kabarak University has a partnership with Kituo cha Sheria a local Non-Governmental Organization that works closely with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in its Urban Migration Programme. Under this partnership, students at Kabarak University Law School get to be trained by experts in the field of refugee law and practice on the law and the emerging trends in refugee law, practice and jurisprudence.
Kabarak University Law School is also partnering with an International Non-Governmental Organization known as Save the Children International through its Kenya Country Office. Under this partnership Kabarak University has been able to host a regional conference and moot court competition on Children law and the Rights of Children. Kabarak University also organizes round table expert discourses on various aspects of children and the law to the benefit of students and their teachers at the university. Publications are also underway under this partnership
Another partnership that is of benefit to learners at the Kabarak University Law School is the one with the judiciary. Under this partnership, a number of achievements have been made. First students at Kabarak University benefit from a mandatory judicial attachment programme in courts and other judicial tribunals around the republic of Kenya. Students are able to learn court processes and procedures from an actual court environment under the guidance of judicial officers and administrative officers in the courts. The university facilitates supervision of these attachment programme by members of the teaching faculty who visit the learners in the various court stations to confirm that the intended outcomes of the programme are met. The programme is examinable which gives students an incentive to take the programme with the seriousness it deserves.
The local branch of the judiciary, the Nakuru Law Courts, is also an important partner of the Kabarak University Law School. Judicial officers like Justice Hellen Omondi, Justice Anyara Emukule, Magistrate Mary Otindo, among others have, under this arrangement given motivational and educational talks to students and teachers at the Kabarak University Law School. These Judicial Officers were also critical stakeholders during the curriculum review workshops organized by the Kabarak University Law School hence the excellent quality curriculum current on offer at the Law School.
The National Legal Education and Aid Programme (NALEAP) is also an important partner of the Kabarak University Law School. Under this arrangement the young learners at Kabarak have been involved in the activities of NALEAP. In this sense, the learners have been, and continue, to be exposed to engaging in activities of a public interest character such as legal education and aid to prisoners and the community around Kabarak University.
Kabarak University Law School also has a working partnership with the Kenya Prisons Service, through the Nakuru GK Prisons. Under this arrangement, the learners accompany practicing advocates retained for this purposes by the law School, as well as teachers at the Law School to offer pro bono legal advice to prisoners at the GK prison.