Anjarwalla & Khanna Career Event by RLS

On 17th May 2017 Riara Law School (RLS) hosted a team from Anjarwalla & Khanna (A&K), the largest corporate law firm in Eastern Africa. A& K is also the founding member of Africa Legal Network (ALN), Africa’s widest and most integrated legal alliance of independent top-tier law firms.The event focused on two key issues namely, opportunities for upcoming lawyers and internships for RLS students. A&K was represented by Wangui Kaniaru-a Senior Associate, Sylvia Mathenge-a Human Resource Representative and Talent officer, Ruth Njeri-a Trainee Lawyer and Morris Muriu-a Trainee Lawyer. RLS students and faculty Prof. Sylvia Kang’ara, the Dean of the Law School, Ms. Florence Shako and Ms. Caroline Lichuma attended the event.

Sylvia Mathenge opened the event by describing A&K as one of the oldest firms in the country whose history traces back to the year of 1954 when a small firm was started in Mombasa. She noted that A&K has now grown to a global firm, with its headquarters in Mombasa and a branch in Nairobi. The firm has also built networks across Africa by establishing the ALN, which cuts across the continent and enables the firm to partner with other firms across Africa in order to meet the clients’ needs. Wangui Kaniaru talked about the dynamic nature of the law, noting that the law keeps on changing. She stated that it is important for lawyers to embrace these changes as they present new opportunities. She gave a brief overview of the firm’s practice areas, which include Corporate, Tax, Real Estate, Litigation, Competition Law and Project Departments. Ruth Njeri and Morris Muriu, both of whom are trainee lawyers at the firm, explained that being at A&K is a privilege as it presents a platform for one to learn. They both shared their personal experiences with RLS students, noting that internship/pupilage at A&K presents an opportunity for mentorship, making one to be productive, efficient, self-dependent and self-reliant.

Lastly, the team took RLS students through the steps followed in applying for pupilage/internship opportunities at A&K. They explained that to qualify for internship, an applicant has to be either in his second year or above and that a pupil has to be a Kenya School of Law student, successful applicant or a Kenya School of Law graduate.

Lemuel Abishua, a student at RLS, who undertook his internship at A&K also shared his experiences with the students. The event ended with a vote of thanks by Collins Oluoch, the Law School Student Representative and closing remarks by Ms. Florence Shako, faculty at the law school.

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