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Over 50 per cent of law students fail their bar exams

By Peter Changtoek

A report that many students pursuing law are failing massively in bar exam has shocked many.

The report reveals that most of the students who sought admission as advocates of the High Court of Kenya, between 2009 and 2016 failed.

It emerged that out of total of 16,086 students who sat the Bar examinations administered by Council of Legal Education (CLE), only 7,530 passed while 8,549 failed, which is equivalent to 53 per cent failure.

The report by a taskforce on legal sector reforms which was chaired lawyer Fred Ojiambo, is being discussed by stakeholders at a conference in Mombasa.

The conference kicked off on Monday January 15 and will culminate on January 18.

Representatives of universities, CLE and other players in the legal profession, are attending the conference.

The taskforce, which was set up by the Attorney General in September 2016, is tasked to scrutinize the training of legal professions Kenya.

The report reveals that 5,298 students, who failed bar exams are in employment in law firms, county governments, universities, among others sectors.

For 2013, students who failed but are still in the system are 1,365, 2015 (1,786), while 2016 has the highest number of failures at 3,251.

In 2016, 1,009 students passed the exams while 3,251 flopped.

The report also shows that candidates who failed the examination had studied and had been awarded undergraduate degrees in some of the local universities.

The taskforce members included chairman of Kenya Law Reform Commission Mbage Nganga, outgoing Director for Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko, Chief Registrar of the Judiciary Ann Amadi, chairperson of Advocates Complaint Commission Beauttah Siganga, Law Society of Kenya president Isaac Okero among others.

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