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My name is Brian Sanya Mondoh and I am asking for your support to help me attend the Hugh Wooding Law School (Trinidad and Tobago) in September 2018 to complete my Bar Training Course.
I have secured a place on the Transitional (Six-Month) Programme, my last step to complete my legal training to become a Barrister/Attorney-at-law.
I aspire to become an Employment law and Commercial law practitioner. However, despite securing a place at HWLS, the course fees and upkeep are still an undertaking of about GBP 12,000.
I completed a fast track, two-year undergraduate LLB, instead of the usual three years in 2016, achieving a Second Upper class with honours. In 2017, I completed my postgraduate Masters of Laws, LLM-BPTC, achieving a grade of ‘Very Competent’. I undertook both my LLB and LLM-BPTC at Nottingham Law School (‘NLS) and was lucky enough to receive two major scholarships from the law school to complete my studies. More than academics, I have gained success in several extra curricular activities and have been an active member of my law school. For example, I participated in mooting and negotiation competitions, wrote legal journals for the NLS ‘All Things Law’ magazine and blog, was recognised as a model student in the academic year 2015/16 and 2016/17, and was appointed as an international NLS ambassador to Kenya in 2017, amongst other things.
Furthermore, I have been volunteering at the Nottingham County Court and Family Court with the Personal Support Unit, assisting those who do not have legal representation or those who simply needed emotional assistance or legal knowledge before entering court. Alongside this, I undertook my own Employment Tribunal cases at the Nottingham Free Representation Unit and successfully represented two claimants in an Unfair Dismissal claim and a Breach of Contract claim respectively at the Tribunal. In addition, I also drafted company policies and Commercial law legal opinions at the NLS legal advice centre.
Due to cross-qualification complexities in Kenya, I am unable to be admitted or to practice in Kenya as a foreign trained lawyer, until I satisfy Section 13 (1) (e) of the Advocates Act of 1989 i.e. I should be entitled to appear before a superior court of a Commonwealth country for a period of not less than five years in practice so as to be granted a discretionary waiver by the Law Society of Kenya (‘LSK’). Unfortunately, I do not meet the five year discretion threshold. Consequently, the Trinidad and Tobago path is the most reasonable alternative as it will enable me to start my practice there as soon as I complete my Transitional Programme in March 2019, and then I will be able to cross qualify in Kenya in five years time. Unlike in the UK, HWLS does not offer scholarships and that is why I need your help to be able to bridge the gap!
I am so grateful for the time taken to read my story and any support would be gratefully received, allowing me to pursue my journey to the Caribbean Bar.