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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Diary of a Ksl student.

Finally I am taking the bar exam sometime later this year. Its hard work being a student and of course from my hay days in undergraduate school, I have heard numerous horror stories of the bar school and the bar exam! Sometimes I feel that this gruesome detail of account from my peers (now learned friends) has been to prepare me mentally for the intense pressure but other times I also feel that the same is meant to scare and cause me unnecessary anxiety too!
So on February 2nd 2015, when I started my KSL journey, I decided to have my own voyage regardless of all the misconceptions and perceptions that I had been made aware of. I decided that I was going to write my own story based on my own experiences, feelings, learning’s and failures alike! And this has been my journey thus far…
I recall getting through law school; it took effort and hard-work! I would therefore be highly suspicious if the same (and maybe a bit more) was not required of me at the bar school. There have been times when I have been too fatigued to have a normal decent conversation with my family and friends as the assignments, presentations and group work seem to constantly constitute my to-do list! I am immensely thankful however for my awesome firm members who make the work worthwhile, effortless and for being an extremely supportive structure to vent when the going gets though. We do occasionally drive each other crazy and have our differences but we are also intent of getting the work done!
learning advocates in training
Differences are always going to be there especially when you have a classroom full of lawyers some of whom are allergic to plain simple English! I vividly recall an initial class when the initial introductory remarks of one of my colleagues went something along the lines of responding to the tria-pad nomenclature of XYZ. Some lecturers will also give ridiculous timeframes or communicate critical deadlines in the strangest of manners but I reckon there isn’t a school without a little bit of drama! I am choosing to let these sideshows not take too much of my energy which is already limited.
Despite all the assignments, case briefs to plough through and statutes to comb through, I am actively making time to do other things such as volunteer for legal aid clinics at Langata Women’s Prison and share my legal knowledge and test out client interview theories! I have also made time to feed the giraffe’s which are sheltered a stones-throw away from school! A little down-time now and then is critical to ensure that I remain focus and energized to carry on!
A trip to the Giraffe center 
In a nut shell, the last few months have been intense to say the least but it’s bearable. With proper planning and meticulous time-management I think that I will be just fine and as I said this is my journey, I get to write the script my way!
Warm congratulations to ATP 2014/2015 who recently got their results…well done guys! Now go make a difference in the world!


  1. I'm so proud of you Cate! You inspire me. Keep at it. You're doing great!

  2. Thanks Emma.Keep doing the amazing stuff you are up to.I should feature you when you are up for it!

  3. So Proud to Be your Friend!!! This is a nice piece. Looking forward to reading your second Trimester Experiences

  4. Thanks Lexus.Hope you are doing well too!