Kenya/Canada Legal Aid Partnership
Kenya/Canada Legal Aid Partnership

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The Kenya/Canada Legal Aid Partnership is a pilot project of Elimu Impact Evaluation Unit (https://elimu.lab.mcgill.ca/), a research centre and NGO located in Kianyaga, Kenya. Elimu’s work focuses on measuring the practical difference of poverty alleviation initiatives such as rural electrification, microinsurance, tutoring and legal aid.

In the summer of 2021, Elimu set up a partnership with Kenyatta University School of Law (KUSOL) to test a project in which students from their faculty are paired up with students from the McGill Faculty of Law to work on legal cases in Kianyaga remotely. The idea of this partnership is to simultaneously increase access to justice for residents of Kianyaga while also giving both McGill and KUSOL students an opportunity to experience working with lawyers trained in a different country. Both Kenya and Canada use the common law, but the project allows students to contrast and compare their legal education while also learning some basic skills that go along with working in a clinic setting. Student participants will have a chance to not only improve on hard skills such as legal research and drafting
legal opinions, but also soft skills like teamwork, communication, and time management.

As the project is in a pilot phase, this year the Kenya/Canada Legal Aid Partnership will only be selecting five students from each faculty, for a total of ten students. If the project is successful in the coming academic year, we hope to expand the project to involve more students and take on more cases.

Contact
If you are interested in applying to be one of the five students involved in the pilot, please talk to us at Clubs Day or reach out to us at kclegalaidproject@gmail.com.

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