This agreement to work together follows a survey of EALS members, to truly understand their needs and how they would like learning delivered. The initial partnership agreement will concentrate on capacity building in project management, legal writing and business skills for lawyers, focusing on how to build a law firm in a global context.
Members were very clear that they wanted their regional bar and local law societies to feel more relevant and accessible to them, and being able to engage with learning online as and when it suited them was key. Learning needed to be affordable with a longer term programme in mind that kept career progression and personal development at its heart. Whilst face to face learning (when possible) was very useful, they said, there is a greater need for law societies and governing bodies to embrace technology and empower their members to do the same.
“At the core of the partnership is the need to give members access to an online learning platform which in turn enables EALS to meet one of its mandates — building capacity,” said Bernard Oundo, EALS President. “We have been working towards working with Africa Legal for some time now, following feedback from our members, and we are delighted to be able to bring this to life.”
Scott Cowan, CEO of Africa Legal, part of the Africa Professional Services Group, is equally as enthusiastic. “It has long been a passion of the team to work with law societies across the globe to provide affordable training to the next generation of law firm leaders in Africa,” he said. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Bernard and the team in the delivery of legal training in East Africa via the Africa Legal Learn platform.”
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