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Graduand Spotlight; Purity Maritim – Technology, a Step ahead of the Law

Strathmore Law School graduand Purity Maritim is set to graduate with a 1st class honours, owing her great achievement to God, her great friends, and her ability to realize what works for her and going for it.

The second born in a family four girls, researched on Comparative analysis on the standards of collective digital evidence in Kenya in her final year project, analyzing procedural law in Kenya by presenting evidence from social media platforms to court.

Why that particular research topic?
As much as my interests have now changed, I chose this topic because I had an interest in technology even before I joined law school. In another world, I believe I would have been a hacker, an integral one of course. So when time came to choose a topic, my mind revolved around technology. While there is so much that you can write on with regards to technology and law, I settled on this particular topic because I saw there was a gap between what the law says and how evidence is actually presented in court. Technology will always be a step ahead of the law but there is so much people within the law can do to keep up.

What did it take to attain high grades through the four years?
I realized that I work better in school than at home because I like to compartmentalize environments, and I embraced this method. I would stay in school on most evenings to work on assignments and catch up on my readings. On some of those evening’s, my friends and I would set aside time for group discussions. This really helped me catch up on my notes and increased my understanding for the different units.

Why did you choose Law for a course?
My desire to improve the living standards of the Mama Mboga in the streets. I thought studying Law would be a good channel to do so. I must admit that at first, I was not too sure how the law would help, but as I have journeyed through the four years, God has carved out a path and I am seeing it.

How did you balance studying the course with your extra-curricular activities?
I tried out different activities through my law school journey.
I was part of the Strathmore Litigation Council which helps out with carrying out pro-bono research organizations. I recently took part in a moot court competition on the law of the World Trade Organization. I also worked for a research centre within the law school, the Strathmore Centre for Law and Policy.

In an effort to balance these activities with my studies, I set deadlines for all the things I needed to do and made sure that I worked within those deadlines. I also sort and give my full attention to one thing at a time such that when I am out doing extra-curricular activities, I am fully present. The same applied to my studying.

Who is your role model/who do you look upto?
I am not sure I can narrow that question down to a single person. I am surrounded by some really great people, who constantly challenge me to be a better version of myself even if they do not know it. There are so many attributes I would love to pick up from them. So I guess if they could be one person, that ‘person’ would be my role model.

Where do you see yourselves in the next 5-10 years?
I wish to be somewhere championing for trade liberalization within the African continent.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I love music and I happen to have quite a number of friends who are really good at it. Therefore, you will probably find me in music events, or at home reading a book or trying out a new recipe.

Congratulations Purity Muritim on your great achievement.