Owing to the increasing number of law graduates who need to pursue a bar course at Law Development Centre (LDC) in order to practice law, the LDC has moved to open up other learning centres in upcountry districts to relax the pressure on the Kampala campus and give chance to many others who have often been left out.
When LDC was opened in 1970, Uganda had a single University (Makerere) offering law degree. Since the law graduates were few, they could smoothly join LDC in Kampala for a bar course and the facilities were adequate.
However, due to establishment of many other universities that teach law, the LDC in Kampala has been unable to absorb all graduates from all universities to do a bar course in legal practice.
To address the challenge, LDC Secretary Didas Bakunzi announced yesterday that the Institution is set to open up learning centers in Lira and Mbale to relieve the burden on the Kampala campus and Mbarara campus which was opened in 2018.
“We now have over 12 Universities producing lawyers every year with LLB (Bachelor of Law) and all these lawyers want to be trained in legal practice but LDC has remained as small as it was in 1970. So, LDC has decided to open up campuses outside Kampala. In 2018 October, it opened up a centre in Mbarara which is now running with over 600 students.”
“But we are not going to stop at Mbarara because the number continues to grow. Therefore, we have plans to open up an LDC campus in Lira to cater for the northern part of this country and this campus will open in October this year (2020),” he said.
Bakunzi added that next year 2021, LDC plans to open up another center in Mbale to cater for graduates from Eastern Uganda.
He however clarified that the upcountry centers are not tribal and a student does not decide where to study from. The admission process he said is automatically done.
“However, these are not tribal centres that people from Lira should study in Lira or people from Mbarara should study in Mbarara, no. We do central admission. Admission is done at the headquarters and it is computer generated. You can be from Alur and you are posted to study in Mbarara or you are from Mbarara and are posted to study in Lira,” he said.
Meanwhile as part of the 50th anniversary, LDC has organized a series of events which include a walk from Kampala campus to the High Court on Friday 6th March 2020 and the Chief walker will be Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi.
LDC is mandated to train lawyers, produce law reports and carry out research.
It provides legal training and offers a post graduate bar course (Diploma in Law) which one must have to practice law in Uganda and it’s only LDC that offers this course in the entire country.
LDC was established by LDC Act 1970 and promulgated into law on the 21st August of the same year.
It will celebrate it’s 50th anniversary on 21st August 2020.