The Kenya Legal Project

When I first moved to America, I didn’t know much at all about the law. I knew enough to get here, successfully navigate immigration, and get the things I needed—but that was all. I didn’t know anything about America’s laws on traffic, or families, or even what to do if someone hurt me. 

It was a confusing place to be in my first year or so, as I moved from Kenya to a whole new world. My home country is unique in its own way, which made it hard, at first, to get myself accustomed to United States law. 

Now, though, I’ve learned a lot, and now, I want to share my knowledge. 

About the Author

I moved from Kenya to America just a few years ago, settling state-side with a few family members who had already moved. My parents wanted me to get a different learning experience than the ones they had, growing up in Kenya, but they didn’t count on how much of a fish out of water I’d feel like. 

At first, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I changed my major a few times, unsure how to fit in when I only had my family to rely on. 

Eventually, I found a like-minded group of international students who all had the double-duty of learning for their degrees and learning for their personal lives. Some even came to the school without a grasp on English, but they were learning. 

That made me feel bolder when it came to my own education. I wanted to understand the nation around me. Then, my aunt was involved in a car accident, which was tough on the family. We didn’t know who to turn to or where to start. That’s when I decided to study American laws. 

A Unique Perspective on American Law

While I’m still a student, learning the laws around me, I’m learning quickly just how many laws are so different for those of us who grew up elsewhere. People even drive on the opposite side of the road from Kenyans, so there is a lot to learn for many of us. 

That’s why I’m so eager to share what I’m learning. I understand that international students and people might have a hard time with these changing laws, so I’ve dedicated this blog to learning and sharing these laws. I’ll also compare some of these laws, where I can, to highlight just how different the legal systems are. 

Learn More About the Project

I want to learn more, not just about my new home, but about how it compares to my home country and other places around the world. There’s a lot to learn about other countries around the globe, and I’m interested in learning more about just how different these nations can be through the legal system. 

If you’re curious about American law and how it compares to other countries, I’ll be updating as much as I can. As a law student, I want to keep you updated as I learn, so check out the comparisons I offer here.