Chanco Students Law Society expresses worry over legal education bill

Law students at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College have given a cold shoulder to the proposed Legal Education and legal practitioners’ bill 2017 saying it is a bitter pill to swallow as they would be expected to pay an extra fee for an addition year on top of normal years of their studies.

Justice Banda a law student at Chanco

The bill provides that there is a need to establish the Malawi institute for legal education which will require all the Chanco law students to go for 1 year training after the graduation.

Speaking recently after the meeting with legal affairs committee of Parliament, Chanco law society president Justice Banda said the development will compromise their legitimate expectation of being in class for four years.

“The establishment of Malawi institute for legal education will affect us because it requires us to go to the institute for one year and pay other fees after graduation. It will compromise with our legitimate expectation because instead of four years which we spend after doing another one year of other generic programmes, they will add another year for the institute which will mean studying for six years.

“When we were enrolling, we expected that we will go straight into practice after graduating so it’s unfair to add another one year, it is a sad development for us”, He said

Banda added that lessons expected to be provided at the institute are already being covered on fourth year at Chanco therefore doing that is just a waste of resources and time

“Again, what will be taught at the institute are the things that we learn here in fourth year. Why then subjecting us to another year when our curriculum covers that? Our point is, let the others raise up their standards unlike demanding us to narrow down their standards,” he added

Some notable faces present during the consultation meeting were Dr. George Chaponda, Khumbo Kachali, David Bisnowaty and Lingison Belekanyama and several other members in the legal affairs committee.

There is a legal education and practitioners Act (1965) which was amended in 2010 and regulates legal training and practice in Malawi.

During the previous parliament seating, the government moved a motion to enact a new bill (Legal Education and Legal practitioners Act 2017) which repeals the former.

In the bill there are several provisions which include the establishment of Malawi institute of legal education which requires students trained elsewhere to go for a year before they start practicing and this bill also requires Chancellor College law students to also go to this institute after graduating with an honors degree before they start practicing in Malawi.

Therefore law students at Chancellor College are protesting, among several other shortfalls saying the Minister is given too much power in the bill such as regulation of legal fees and remuneration for lawyers.

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Nachisale
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Musatikwane inu aku Chancellor College.Have you read the whole proposal?I read.What it says is you shall do three years and the fourth year at the Institute.This bill had commissioners who did their research by some of the things study tours.What is so special with you Chancellor Corrupt lawyers?The world is now liberalized.Your college is not even appearing in the first 1000 universities in Africa.Shatapu.

Che Mapoto Awiri Pampoto
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izi nde zutsiru mwamva. ana athu avutika 5 years and you’readding them another year? where were you all this time ? Musapitirezenso zopusazo . Zimenezo muziwapanga ana anu akumakagura degree ya law ku Tanzania , Ireland ,Uk , Amerika, komanso maiko ena omwe ali achiluya . Muwuzane kuti zisapitililenso zimenezo . Iwe JB kaya mumati , musalore zimenezo kuti sipitire wafa. ndakwiya kwabasi .

Mchawa walokolo
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Kaya ukuti ndiwe che mapoto, ulibe nzeru, who told you kuti anthu akapita ku maiko a chiluya amakagula LLB? You suffer from myopic islamophobia, it is foolish to think like nkhuku, ask lawyers in the legal profession akuuzani kuti from Tanzania we go through Malawi Bar, osati zakanundu zakozi, shatapu!!!

ScillaWhite
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this is sad to hear seeing as this is the case in most developed countries all over the world including here in Africa. This clearly shows a gap in the management of the legal proffession. Why not remove the fourth year courses from Chancelor college so that there is no dublication and let Chancelor college students train for three years plus the one year of other studies. That way they can join the bar school just like eveeybody else. In this day and age, i do not see why a learned person should be advocating for special treatment/monopolisation of a… Read more »
JUPITER
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noone has said Chanco Law students are superior to the others u fool machende ako.

Awize
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I think its good because at the institute, people with experienced minds will be able to teach these newly graduated students. Those lawyers in the profession will be teaching there with knowledge from the industry. As is the case at MIM. The journey to learning is never ending.

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