“Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life.” - Nelson Mandela.
Junior Lawyers Against Poverty (JLAP) network of students and junior lawyers use their legal skills to help fight this global challenge – eradication of poverty – through global improvement of access to justice and legal education.
JLAP was founded in 2015 to include university students, legal apprentices and trainee lawyers in Lawyers Against Poverty projects. JLAP Groups now operate at universities across the UK and in Africa, with hundreds of students participating in JLAP projects since its inception. JLAP has a wide network of law students and junior lawyers, from Manchester, Eritrea, London,
Gambia, Exeter, Nairobi, Kampala and many more. This led to the launch of JLAP - University of Nairobi Law Chapter in March, 2021 under the patronage of Prof. Kiarie Mwaura.
The network held a stakeholders meeting on 2nd September 2022 which was attended by among other Naomi Sanders the coordinator for responsible for relations between the various
JLAP branches and is also legal counsel at Bboxx, a company invested in eradicating energy
The objectives include
- Twinning and exchange programme opportunities
- Direct mentorship from the lawyers at LAP
- Incentives be created for our members such as internship opportunities
- A streamlined connection to the other branches of JLAP and with LAP