Administration

Faculty Administration

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The Faculty of Law is dedicated to providing instruction to students in the legal field and develop a hub of legal scholarship and research facilities for students, academics and researchers from Uganda, East Africa, and beyond.

Our academic staff work as a team and are dedicated to assisting our students achieve their academic goals. Each member of our staff has defined job responsibilities as well as the responsibility to assist each other and our students with assistance and support to ensure each student has a positive experience at our faculty. Our staff are well trained and are truly dedicated to develop and improve university- based teaching in law and closely related subjects and undertake legal research in various areas of interest to the law faculty and the entire Uganda Christian University (UCU).

Our staff has an overwhelming number of years of experience and training. We realize obtaining university degrees can be a challenging experience and we want to be a resource for our students.. At the end of each semester, we do ask for your feedback by providing you with a survey at check-in that you may complete and place in a locked box at check-out to help us improve our service to the students. Our staff are our greatest asset- we say it often and with good reason. It is only with the determination and dedication of our staff that we can serve the students, generate long-term value for them and contribute to the broader public.

Administration at the faculty is done as a team. Management is headed by the Dean, the top most position at the faculty.

The Dean of the Faculty of Law.

The Dean of the Faculty of Law is mandated with providing leadership to the Faculty from both an academic and administrative perspective. To assume such a position, one must have a PhD in a law related field, and proven capability to lead and manage the faculty. The Dean must also be a committed and practicing Christian. Currently, the Dean is Dr. Roselyn Karugonjo-Segawa who has been steering the Faculty since January 2019. She is an accomplished human rights lawyer and scholar who holds a Doctor of Laws (LLD) and a Master of Laws from the University of Pretoria. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre (LDC) and a Bachelor of Laws from Makerere University.

Associate Dean.

The Dean is assisted by the Associate Dean, who is in charge of administrative duties at the Kampala campus.

The Dean and Associate Dean are assisted in their day to day duties by the Faculty Administrative Assistants who are the first contact persons at the Faculty.

The lecturers and tutorial assistants.

The Lecturers at the Faculty are experienced lawyers whose mandate is to contribute to the development of both academic and practical aspects of legal education. The lecturers have experience and expertise in various fields. The Faculty also has Tutorial Assistants whose primary role is to reinforce lessons presented by the lecturers by reviewing material with students one-on-one or in small groups. They also assist the students in discussions

 

“The impact on our graduates and alumni has been palpable. Legal and business professionals confirm that our law graduates are recognized and appreciated for their commitment to moral integrity. The reputation of our graduates helps them in the marketplace as employers are looking for employees that will ‘act justly, love mercy and walk humble with your God’ (Micah 6:8). Such graduates are just not employable. They are also crucial to the development of Uganda.”

Mr. Brian Dennison, Dean Emeritus, Uganda Christian University, Faculty of Law

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Seven core commitments make the faculty stand out. The commitment to quality; commitment to innovation; commitment to service; commitment to scholarship; commitment to student excellence; commitment to Christian integrity and Ethical development; and commitment to collaboration.

Commitment to Quality

The Faculty of Law is dedicated to quality. It strives to keep its curriculum up to date and its library well stocked with relevant up to date law literature. New courses that mirror current global trends, are occasionally added into the law curriculum. This is done with the focus of ensuring that our law graduates are quality products that can easily fit into the legal profession. Recent additions into the curriculum include, the introduction of languages. Our students will be able to choose from 4 international languages French, Kiswahili,Germany and Chinese which will in turn boost their qualifications as law students.There has been break down of the law of Sale of Goods into Mercantile law 1 that will cover the law of sales and agency, and Mercantile law 11 that will cover Hire Purchase and Insolvency Law (for our third year law students) and new optionals for our fourth year students to include Criminology and Penology, Sports and Entertainment Law, Law and Forensic Science, Media Policy and the Law, Refugee Law, Comparative Law, and Health and the Law.

Commitment to Innovation

The Faculty of Law has proved to be a leader in innovative approaches to Legal Education in Uganda. It was the first institution of legal education to establish pre – entry examinations for the prospective law students. The faculty has also proved a leader in the establishment of specialized masters Programs in law. These are a Master of Laws in International Business Law, Master of Laws in Oil and Gas Law and the Master of Laws in International Energy Law. The Faculty of Law is also spearheading the teaching of Intellectual Property Law through a unified curriculum for all law schools in Uganda through a partnership with the University of Ottawa, Canada and the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Commitment to Service

The Clinical Legal Education Programme

Through its Clinical Legal Education Programme (CLE), the Faculty of Law has engaged its students in projects that benefit the wider community. Uganda Christian University Clinical Legal Education Programme started in May of 2009. The Programme is open to third year law students in their last semester, and the second sequence is available as an optional subject for fourth year law students in the first semester of that academic year. It provides law students with unique opportunities to engage in practical action learning. It utilizes partnerships with national and international organizations to create and facilitate service opportunities. The Programme enables students to perform the functions of an advocate in a manner consistent with Christian principles and mission.Clinical service activities include school sensitization; general community sensitizations; community justice leader training workshops through the “Justice River Uganda” initiative; partner activities with International Justice Mission (IJM), partner activities with Uganda Christian Lawyers Fraternity (UCLF); and partner activities with Land Equity Movement Uganda (LEMU). Below are some of these activities explained in great detail.

The Justice River Uganda Initiative is founded in the belief that community sensitization efforts make the broadest impact on civil society when they are directed at community leaders who can use their training with the broader community. The initiative offers community leaders short training modules within a multi-day workshop format. Justice River training modules cover practical topics including: local council courts, will writing and laws of succession, land law, and alternative dispute resolution.

The CLE Program partners with JM, a Christian-based human rights organization that takes on legal causes grounded in Biblical calls for justice. IJM’s Uganda Field Office at Ntinda focuses its legal efforts on combatting the scourge of property grabbing that affects widows and orphans in Mukono District and other parts of the country. IJM has trained law students in assisting with will writing clinics, andclient intake interviews. UCU law students also assisted IJM with a structural change effort that sought to introduce a new organized approach to file management within the Mukono Magistrate Court.

UCLF is an association of Christian lawyers dedicated to Christian fellowship and fostering Christian integrity among Christian members of the Bar. One of the key activities of UCLF in Uganda is the representation of indigent inmates in the Uganda Prison System. UCU law students assist UCLF with the representation of both adult and juveniles, all indigent defendants by conducting client interviews, preparing client files and conducting factual investigation, legal research and mediation.

LEMU has been a clinical partner of UCU for several years. The Faculty’s project work with LMU consists of assisting LEMU with the mediation of land disputes in Northern and Eastern Uganda.

Commitment to Scholarship

The faculty of law is committed to scholarship and through this avenue, members of staff are encouraged to upgrade their academic credentials. Faculty staff are also expected to publish research in reputable journals on topical areas of the law on an annual basis

Commitment to Student Excellence

Enhanced admissions process.
Its commitment to student excellence resulted in the introduction of an enhanced admissions process for its students. Since 2009, the Faculty of Law has conducted interviews and a supplemental testing process to better ensure that its incoming students are equipped for the study of law at Uganda Christian University.

Participation in national, regional and international moot competitions.

The Faculty of Law also gives its students opportunities to improve their excellence while they attend Uganda Christian University. One of the best examples of such a platform is the Faculty of Law’s Moot Court programme. Mooting is a simulated legal argument competition. It provides students with the opportunity to test their mettle against law students from other universities.

In recent years, moot teams from UCU have performed exceptionally well in national competitions such as the International Humanitarian Law Moot Court Competition, the Uganda National Constitutional Law, Health and Human Rights Moot and the National Disability Moot. In the last ten years, its teams have competed in Kenya, India, South Africa, United Kingdom, the United States, Mozambique, Rwanda, Kenya and Gambia. UCU has represented Uganda in the Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition since 2009.

Donating to excellent students.

The faculty has enjoyed and received monetary donations from various leading law professionals going towards outstanding students.

Commitment to Christian integrity and Ethical development

The Faculty of Law seeks to produce graduates with a difference. Law students at Uganda Christian University are exposed to required courses in Bible and Ethics. Moreover, emphasis is placed on integrating matters of faith, character and integrity into all of the courses taught by the law faculty of law.

“The impact on our graduates and alumni has been palpable. Legal and business professionals confirm that our law graduates are recognized and appreciated for their commitment to moral integrity. The reputation of our graduates helps them in the marketplace as employers are looking for employees that will ‘act justly, love mercy and walk humble with your God’ (Micah 6:8). Such graduates are just not employable. They are also crucial to the development of Uganda.” Mr. Brian Dennison, Dean Emeritus, Uganda Christian University, Faculty of Law

Commitment to Collaboration

The Faculty has noteworthy partnerships with law schools from several international universities. The Faculty is currently exploring a partnership with the University of Illinois (U.S.A) to establish an Intellectual Property law and Technology Law Centre. The Faculty collaborated with Regent Law School (U.S.A) to become the first law Faculty in Uganda to host an American Bar Association approved study abroad programme for American law students. The faculty has partnered with Pepperdine University’s School of Law (U.S.A) on breakthrough justice initiatives in Uganda. These include work on the first plea bargaining initiative in Uganda (involving Juvenile defendants) and assisting in the first adult plea bargaining session in Uganda. The Faculty has partnered with several other organizations through its clinical Legal education Program including International Justice Mission (IJM), Uganda Christian Lawyers Fraternity (UCLF), Joni and Friends International and Land Equity Movement Uganda (LEMU). It has active Memorandums of Understanding in place with several clinical partners. The collaborative activities of the faculty of law are not limited to outside institutions. The Faculty is presently working with the Bishop Tucker School of Divinity on some exciting projects that marry theology and law. These projects for divinity students entitled “Law for Ministry in Uganda” and the launch of a “justice sermon” initiative where divinity students preach justice-related messages and law students conduct legal intake interviews after the sermons.

Partnerships

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Over the years of the existence of the university and the law faculty, there has continued to be partnerships arrangements being made within and outside the university.

Informal working relations have existed between faculties, and associations within the university.

Some of the partnerships are informal because most heads of faculties find it easier to work like that since it makes their work easy. The faculty also has external arrangements with different organs. Majority of these partnerships have engage our law students in field work through:-

  • Clinical Legal Education (CLE) projects
  • International Development Law Organization (IDLO)
  • Uganda Christian Lawyers Fraternity (UCLF)
  • Land and Equity Movement Uganda (LEMU)
  • Foundation for Human Rights Uganda (FHRI)
  • International Justice Mission (IJM)
  • Tiny Hands, a partner, that focuses on fighting Human Trafficking.

The faculty of law has a working relation with the school of law from the University of Dar es Salaam, in Tanzania. These partnerships are built for student exposure where our students are given practical experience while the students offer help in terms of labour to these organizations.

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  • John Sentamu Institute
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