KAMPALA – The Law Development Centre (LDC) has released the results of the 2018/2019 bar course pre-entry examinations.
According to an admission list released by the LDC, at least 659 lawyers qualified for admission to the bar course leaving more than half of the number that appeared for the pre-entry examinations out.
The admission list released yesterday seen by Education News Uganda indicates that 624 of those admitted sat for their pre-entry in 2018 while 29 sat in 2017 and another six of the students who sat their pre-entry examinations in 2016 are on the list.
The list that has been accessed by PML Daily has over 659 law students from various Universities admitted for the nine month long legal training at LDC.
The 2018/19 admission shows a drop in numbers by 155 students far below the number of students admitted in the 2017/18 admission.
Last year at least 1,797 candidates sat for the examination and 814 of them passed and were admitted.
Although government directed that LDC opens up upcountry campuses to admit more students and promises of increasing admission were made, the admission has sharply declined as compared to last year.
The Law Development Centre (LDC) was established by the LDC Act of 1970 and is charged with among others legal training of LL.B Degree holders in what is otherwise known as the Bar Course.
The bar course is prerequisite that for anyone to get admitted into LDC they ought to sit and pass pre-entry exams however early this year, the MPs approved the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee recommendation to scrap pre-entry examinations for the bar course.
The legislators argued that the scraping of the pre-entry examinations would give chance to more students to train in the legal practice and enable Ugandans easy access to legal services.
The training takes nine months before one is fully enrolled as an advocate of the courts of judicature.
Attached is a list of those admitted for the bar course for 2018/2019.