Goals and Objectives of SALAR

The Students’ Association for Legal Aid and Research (SALAR) is a non-profit making students’ organization established at the University of Nairobi, School of Law in 1999.

Legal Research

To promote legal research as a key component of legal education.

Free Legal Aid

To provide free legal aid to persons who cannot afford to pay for legal services.

Community Outreach

To provide community outreach services together with our partners.

Lawyering Spirit

To cultivate a public interest lawyering spirit in law students.

Networking

To network with NGOs, lawyers, and public and private sector institutions with the aim of expanding the scope of social justice.

Our Partners

Here are some of our partners who have been working together with us over the course of our long and varied history

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Our Activities

SALAR has and continues to organize and participate in numerous activities alongside our partners. This is a simple list of those activities

The core mandate of SALAR is providing legal aid to the society, especially to those who cannot afford legal services. In fulfilling this mandate SALAR has partnered with a number of non-governmental organizations such as Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and Kituo Cha Sheria.

This year despite the hiatus in the academic calendar that equally affected the club’s activities and schedule, a number of activities were still held. SALAR played host to two symposiums this academic year. The first symposium was the IJM symposium dubbed; ‘The Challenges Faced by Lawyers in the Public Justice System and the Proposed reforms to the Public Justice System’. This talk was a revisit of the Willy Kimani Case.

Increase in Annual Activities

Here is a brief overview of number of activities by SALAR annually since 2014.

2017

25

2016

19

2015

16

2014

11

The idea of establishing SALAR was conceptualized by two founders, namely, Professor Louise McKinney of the Milton Kramer Law Clinic of Case University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio, USA and Ms. Joy K. Asiema, the current Patron of SALAR, a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Public Law, University of Nairobi, School of Law.

Before becoming members of SALAR, students undergo special training on client interviewing and counselling skills, fact investigation, legal writing and research methodology, case file management and professional ethics.

SALAR collaborates with legal aid NGOs at local, regional and international levels. Students of the School of Law who are registered members of SALAR interview live clients to obtain their case history. They then carry out research and write briefs on those cases. The briefs are then forwarded to the NGOs. Using these briefs, the NGOs refer the cases to their pro bono lawyers for action. The students carry out these functions under the supervision of the Patron and other professionals that SALAR partners with.

SALAR is a means by which students give back to the community for the privilege of being in the noble profession of Law. They do this by providing legal aid and outreach services through the organisations it collaborates with. SALAR also provides an avenue for students to engage in a wide range of research activities with the aim of advancing student intellectual capacity and research prowess. Currently, SALAR in collaboration with Literature Africa Foundation, mentors pupils of two primary schools in Korogocho slums. In addition, SALAR offers legal aid, mentors and organizes football matches with Kamiti Youth Corrective Training Centre (KYCTC)./p>

Quotes from Members

SALAR has provided me with numerous opportunities to assist and work together with community members through practical application of my legal training.

-Kelvin Mbatia Secretary General - SALAR

Joining SALAR one of the best decisions in my University Career. I would advise all students in University of Nairobi Law Campus to join.

-Faith Kyalo Member - SALAR