Our pupilage program marks the beginning of your career development as a Kenyan Advocate and is just the beginning of what will be a stimulating and rewarding legal career with the Firm. The program is designed to give you the widest possible exposure across all our areas of practice. The program is based on three rotations (known as seats) through a number of practice areas. And as you progress through each of the practice areas you will build up an ever- broader understanding of the work we do, the clients we represent, and our culture and values as we work together as a team. By the end, you will be ready to make a truly informed choice about your future and the direction that you want to take with us.
You will be exposed to three seats over the course of your pupilage during, which you will become immersed in diverse and interesting work that will range across all our areas of practice. These include: Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Corporate Commercial, Capital Markets, Financial Services, Property, Oil and Energy to name a few. Choosing the practice area that suits your skills and engages your interest is crucial. We will help you arrive at the right decision.
Mentoring is the most direct way in which you will be able to tap into the vast breadth of knowledge, support and experience here. Our partners and associates will offer you plenty of guidance and support as you take a practical and active role in the departments work. More than this, we will help you decide on your future direction and will support your long-term progress once you have made up your mind.
The relationships that you form with your colleagues over the course of your pupilage will last throughout your legal career and we will give you all the opportunities you need to develop good relationships. Our active social committee encourages networking, and we regularly hold events where you can get to know our partners, associates and other staff in a more relaxed environment.
Since we believe that people are our strongest asset we invest heavily in your learning and development. We conduct regular seminars and provide you with the opportunity to attend courses that are geared towards broadening your knowledge, improving your skills and keeping you challenged. Your training will continue as you progress from pupil to associate and ultimately, up to partner level.
Rewards and benefits
We offer competitive stipends to our pupils that rise even further once you have successfully passed all your examinations and are ‘holding over’.
What we look for
There is no such thing as a typical pupil. In selecting our pupils we look not only for excellent academic transcripts from university and high school, but also a pleasant and effective personality (for which the interview is critical), sporting or other accomplishments, meaningful extra curricular activities are also contributory factors.
We usually offer between two and four pupilage places each year. The competition for places is invariably high. Interviews and assessments normally take place between September and November for the January intake of the following year.
All applications should be submitted in hard copy to our Nairobi Head office from the 1st August to 30th September. Soft copy applications will not be considered. Applications should be addressed to the Partner in charge of the Training Committee, Ms. Ashwini Bhandari.
Applications should include the applicant’s up to date CV, cover letter and copies of their High School and University transcripts. Copies of any other relevant academic documents and professional certifications may also be submitted. Successful applicants will be required to attend their interviews and assessments with originals of any copies submitted as part of the application.
Only those students who have undertaken the twelve (12) months in-house Advocates Training Programme (ATP) at the Kenya School of Law will be taken as pupils.