By JAMES KUNDA –
THE Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has defended the Zambia Institute of Advanced Legal Education (ZIALE) examination system, saying it has never been designed to make candidates fail.
LAZ president George Chisanga said in an interview yesterday that ZIALE examinations were objectively administered and favourable enough to make any committed student pass with ease.
The latest set of results from a recent legal practitioners’ certification examination indicates that out of 323 candidates, only 75 were admitted to the bar, while 248 missed the cutting point.
“We just witnessed the admission of 75 students to the bar and we see this as a historical milestone. The pass rate this year was quite good and we feel it is contrary to the public perception that ZIALE exams are difficult,” he said.
Mr Chisanga, who agreed that the demands of the training programme at ZIALE were pressing, was quick to state that students should apply themselves effectively to be admitted to the bar.
He said the law profession was a noble practice that required its members to be hard working in order to effectively meet the demands of their clients.
“People must understand that a career in law is very demanding. They need to comply with this pressure and demonstrate that if they can apply themselves effectively, they will succeed and be able to cope with the demands of their clients,” he said.