Main Steps of the Legal Education Council
The Legal Education Council (CLE) continues to register significant milestones as a dedicated regulator and overseer of legal education in Kenya.
CLE was re-established under the Legal Education Act No. 27 of 2012, separating it from the Kenya Law School which, by parallel legislation, was established as a government agency for legal education post-graduate professional.
One of the Council’s objectives is the promotion of legal education and training and the maintenance of the highest possible standards among legal education providers. The other is the establishment of a system to ensure the quality of legal education and legal education providers.
CLE’s vision is: “Globally competitive and transformative legal education and training in Kenya”.
Its mission is: “To provide quality legal education and training through the licensing and supervision of legal education providers; Administering the Lawyer Education Program Examination and advising the government on legal education”.
The mandate of the CLE is prescribed by Section 8 (1) and (2) of the Legal Education Act No. 27 of 2012. According to this article, the functions of the Council are as follows:
● regulate legal education and training in Kenya offered by legal education providers;
● accredit legal training providers;
● supervising legal training providers;
● advising the Government on matters relating to legal education and training;
● recognize and approve qualifications obtained outside Kenya for the purposes of admission to the roll.
● administer the professional examinations prescribed under section 13 of the Lawyers Act.
The Council is also responsible for setting and enforcing standards for legal education and training in Kenya.
The Board’s strategic objectives are:
● Improving the regulatory and licensing framework for legal education
● Develop and administer structures and systems that ensure a credible and verifiable ATP exam
● Develop research capacity
● Build and improve governance and human resource capacity
● Improve the financial and physical resources of the CLE
● Improve information and communication technology capabilities for operational efficiency
● Promote a positive corporate image and increase CLE’s visibility. As part of this objective, the Council has developed and implemented its service charter. He also developed the CLE website.
● Establish and strengthen collaboration and strategic partnerships at the local, regional and international level. Within the framework of this objective, the Council recorded several achievements. First, he signed an agency agreement with the Kenya School of Law to conduct a project and an oral exam. Second, it established a bar exam loan and partnered with the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) to manage the disbursement of loans to ATP exam candidates. It partnered with UNDP to support the revision of the 2014/2018 strategic plan and the validation of the current strategic plan. ThisImproved necessary process for LEPS (downloaded from CLE website), all application forms and inspection guidelines.
The Board has achieved significant milestones since its inception, which include the development of Bylaws and the establishment of guidelines and standard operating procedures to enable the Board to carry out its mandate as follows;
Guidelines for the annual report
a. Guidelines for monitoring and evaluating peer review services
b. Criteria for applying experiential learning
vs. Law Society Program Exemption Guidelines
D. Experiential Learning Assessment Criteria
e. Accreditation Criteria for Paralegal Training Providers
In Goal Three of the CLE Strategic Plan, the Council proposed amendments to the LE Act and the KSL Act based on recommendations from the Legal Sector Reforms Task Force. Two research papers were submitted to the GA each year on legal education and training.