CC: Tell us your names and what you study.
GN: Gabula Norman and Jennifer Githu, we are both in law school
CC: So whose idea was it to start an intercollegiate legal week?
GN: Initially, it was my idea (Gabula) to revive the cultural week, but upon approaching Jennifer, we decided to shift its focus to legal culture, and upon further brainstorming, we decided to go big, enhance our capacity and invite other law schools
CC: What universities will be participating in the legal week?
JG: We hope to have specifically Mount Kenya, Kenyatta, Strathmore, Riara, and CUEA and any other comrade who wishes to attend. A number of high schools have expressed interest too, and we are creating a debate segment in line with the week’s theme. The freshmen’s party on Friday 18th will also be open to the public.
CC: What are your objectives for the event?
JG: Our objectives are to expose the students to the legal, corporate and governance sectors, in preparation for the end of their undergraduate programs. We also wish to enrich their knowledge, give them networking opportunities and overall, foster peace, harmony, and brotherhood across the student fraternity.
CC: In your opinion, why is it so important to host an intra-collegiate legal week?
GN: It is quite important, in the sense that we (upcoming lawyers) need to move out of our comfort zones to network, seek opportunities and use them to transform society into a better place. The first step towards achieving this, we hope, is to unite using such for a like our Legal Culture Week.
CC: What topics are essential in growing the legal field in this era?
JG: We have selected topics on issues dealing with current politics, environmental degradation, technology, contemporary arts and other developments in the legal field.
CC: What have been your biggest challenges so far in organizing the event?
JG: Sourcing for funding. In order to make an event of this magnitude a success, we need a huge sum of money that the school cannot afford. We have therefore resorted to sourcing for corporate funding and so far, things are looking up.
CC: As students of law, what curriculum changes do you advocate for to ensure your education is well-rounded?
GN: We would wish to have an overhaul of the current bar examination status, with a view towards making it friendlier, yet more enriching, educational experience. The current bar examination setup is full of inconsistencies, corruption and inefficiency that has locked out many potential advocates.
CC: How has the lecturers’ strike affected your learning? What are your main concerns?
GN: We must admit that the University prevailed upon our lecturers to obey the court order, but we deeply sympathize with other students in the same plight. We urge the government to release funds swiftly in order to end this impasse.
CC: If you could tell CS Amina and your lecturers’ one thing what would it be?
GN: CS Amina and lecturers; Get your act right and stop provoking the wrath of comrades!