One of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s lieutenants has defended Brian Mwenda in the face of mounting criticism for practicing law without having completed law school.
Raila Odinga’s spokesman, Prof. Makau Mutua, drew analogies between Mwenda’s exploits in the courts and famous legal minds throughout the world who practiced law rather effectively despite never having stepped foot in a law school in a comment on his X platform on Saturday.
According to the lawyer, Mwenda can practice law without attending law school, as activist and Busia Senator Okiya Omtatah has done over the years.
“It is not necessary to attend law school in order to practice law.” Abraham Lincoln, one of America’s greatest presidents, never attended college, let alone law school, despite becoming a very skilled lawyer through apprenticeship. “Robert H Jackson, the Nuremberg Prosecutor of Nazis, never went to law school, despite becoming a great jurist,” Mutua stated.
“He rose to become the United States’ Solicitor General, Attorney General, and Justice of the United States Supreme Court, the only person to hold all three positions.” So, like my friend Okiya Omtatah, Mwenda can practice law without attending law school.”
Mutua, on the other hand, urged Mwenda to take legal studies if he wanted to practice law.