Bachelor of Laws

Admissions Info. for Bachelor of Laws

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The bachelor of laws program of UCU is a 4 year program that integrates the natural and social sciences to generate and apply new knowledge about the quality of our justice system.

Entry requirements

The LLB program is a 4 year long full-time day program and has only one intake per year. The law faculty admission generally has minimum entry requirements which are controlled by the Admissions Board. At each sitting, the boards sets the cut-off points depending on the number of applicants and number of spaces available.

Direct Entry
Ugandan Students
applicants should hold at least Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) certificate with atleast 2 principal passes at the same sitting.

Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE)
All students admitted through the ‘A’ level entry category are subjected to written and oral interviews to determine their suitability for law studies at UCU

International Students
Applicants must have qualifications that are recognized for university entry in their respective countries for a Bachelor of Laws degree or equivalent. Foreign students from within the region and beyond are also admitted if they have equivalent qualifications. International applicants must have qualifications that are recognized for university entry in their respective countries. Admission of persons holding qualifications from diverse fields is a welcome measure in the law faculty because it contributes to the distinctiveness of ideas brought out by the student body in the study and application of the law through experienced eyes.

Diplomas
The applicants should be a holder of the Diploma in law from the Law Development Centre, who may apply with or without working experience. Other Degree holders from recognized institutions also qualify for admissions under this category. Program description
The faculty of law desires to produce men and women, who will later become model lawyers in the society. It is not only lawyers who know how and where to find the law, but rather lawyers with a difference, that is lawyers of integrity and scruples. These are people who appreciate the role of law in bringing about justice as intended by God. Target Population The program targets students with high grades in Advanced Level, from Uganda and beyond. Students who possess a Diploma in Law, from Law Development Center are also eligible to apply.

In order to ensure equality, the Faculty undertakes pre-entry interviews in order to ascertain the academic competence of the applicants. This is dictated by the fact that high grades alone are sometimes deceptive.

The program targets students with high grades in Advanced Level, from Uganda and beyond. Students who possess a Diploma in Law, from Law Development Center are also eligible to apply.
In order to ensure equality, the Faculty undertakes pre-entry interviews in order to ascertain the academic competence of the applicants. This is dictated by the fact that high grades alone are sometimes deceptive

The detailed curriculum structure for the LLB programme is outlined in the table below showing the course codes, course names, credit (CU), and lecture hours (LH), practical hours (PH) and contact hours.


Course Content

Year 1 Semester 1 
Introduction to Law:
Simple Document Drafting Sequence with 2/3 Tutorial Assistants
BLAW 1101
Fundamentals of Criminal Law Socratic Emphasis BLAW 1102
Contract I Statutory Construction Emphasis BLAW 1103
Constitutional History BLAW 1104
Writing & Study Skills (Note 1) FS 1101
Introduction to the Bible FS 1102
Total 26

 

Year 1 Semester 2 
Legal Methods I (Understanding Ethics) BLAW 1201 (FS 2102)
Criminial Liability Moot Exercise BLAW 1202
Contract II:
Simple Document Drafting Sequence with Extra Tutorial Assistants
BLAW 1203
Constitutional Law Socratic Emphasis BLAW 1204
Administrative Authorities Statutory Construction Emphasis Class BLAW 1205
Basic Computing (Note 2) FS 1202
Total 26

 

Year 2 Semester 1 
Administrative Process BLAW 2101
Foundation of Land Law BLAW 2102
Nature and History of Torts Socratic Emphasis BLAW 2103
The Law of Sales Statutory Construction Emphasis BLAW 2104
Legal Methods II (Letter Writing, Contracts, Legislative Comment) BLAW 2105
Understanding World Views FS
Total 28

 

Year 2 Semester 2 
Jurisprudence BLAW 2201
Family Law I Socratic Emphasis BLAW 2202
Land Transactions Statutory Construction Emphasis BLAW 2203
Negligence and Strict Liability: Demand Letter, Plaint, Answer BLAW 2204
Equity and Trust Moot Exercise BLAW 2205
Bi-weekly LDC Content Reveiw Session  
Total 25

 

Year 3 Semester 1 
Jurisprudence II BLAW 3101
Family Law II Statutory Construction Emphasis BLAW 3102
Criminal Procedure: Procedural Motions and Responses BLAW 3103
Business Associations I BLAW 3104
Law of Evidence I (Socratic Emphasis) BLAW 3105
International Law I BLAW 3106
Total 30

 

Year 3 Semester 2 
Research Methods (Note 4) BLAW 3202
BUsiness Associations II Statutory Construction Emphasis BLAW 3204
Law of Evidence II Moot Exercise BLAW 3205
International Law II Socratic Emphasis BLAW 3206
Legal Practice and Professionalism I (Revised):
Client Letter, Cross/Direct, Appellate Brief, Oral Argument (Note 3)
 
Bi-Weekly LDC Content Review Sessions  
Total 25

 

Year 4 Semester 1 (Note 5) 
Core  
Civil Procedure II (2 Streams):
Selected Civil Motions
BLAW 4101
Legal Practice and Professionalism II (Note 6) (Stream 1)
OR Banking  & Negotiable Instruments (Stream 2)
BLAW 4106 / BLAW 3201
Electives  
International Humanitarian Law BLAW 4102
Intellectual Property I OR Intellectual Humanitatrian Law BLAW 4103
Labour Law I BLAW 4104
Law and Christian Political Thought BLAW 4105
Gender and the Law OR Law & Christian Political Thought BLAW 4107
Environmental Law & Policy BLAW 4108
Oil & Gas Law BLAW 4109
Alternative Dispute Resolution  
Total 30

 

Year 4 Semester 2 
Core:  
Civil Procedure II (2 Streams):
Selected Civil Motions
BLAW 4201
Legal Practice and Professionalism II (Projects) (Stream 2)
OR Banking & Negotiable Instruments (Stream 1)
BLAW 4206 / BLAW 3201
Dissertation for Qualified Students BLAW 4202
Electives  
Intellectual Property II
(All who passed Intellectuial Property I are eligible)
BLAW 4203
 Labour Law II
(All who passed Labour Law I are eligible)
 BLAW 4204
 Human Rights  BLAW 4205
 International Trade  BLAW 4207
 Revenue Law and Taxation  BLAW 4208
 Insurance Law  BLAW 4209
 ICT Law  
 Total Credits: 210  
 Programme Load  
Graduation load for LLB is a minimum of 210 Credit Units

Programme Load
The students are expected to spend 4 hours a week on lectures for each course unit. They are further expected to have a tutorial of 2 hours a week for each course unit. This arrangement is consistent with the Law Council requirements. The Law Development Centre also requires that applicants for the Bar Course must have spent sufficient time in class. (4 hours is equal to 4 credit units 2 hours of tutorials equal to 1 credit hour. In all, each course has 5 credit units). Graduation load for LL.B is 160 Credit Units

Research requirements
The Research Paper is compulsory for every student in order to graduate. The student shall engage in a research of his/her choice, under supervision of a Faculty member, for approved areas of research passed each year. The Research Paper should not exceed 13,000 words (or 50 pages, double spaced font 110 in length inclusive of foot notes bibliography.
The Research Paper is intended to:

  • Train students in research and writing legal papers
  • Afford students the opportunity to develop their intellectual talents and potential in an area of law and/or related discipline of their choice,
  • Widen the scope of research activities at the Faculty and,
  • Contribute to the development and knowledge of law and its role in the promotion of humankind.

Internship/Experiential Learning
There shall be compulsory visits to law courts, law chambers and law facilities in the first year of study. Students shall also conduct Moot Courts where fictitious cases are heard and decided with a view of exposing and training students in criminal and civil procedural techniques. Students shall also be encouraged to seek attachment to law chambers where they will work under supervision.

Legal Education at the faculty of law is tailored to preparer the product (graduating student) to fit into social life in order to contribute to social development in various capacities. In that regard, the curriculum at the faculty is designed to expose the student to the general laws or nature which influence his or her and other’s experience.
The career prospects available to a graduate of the UCU law faculty are generally in the four core areas of advocacy, service in the judiciary, law making and teaching. These four core areas are spread over vast institutions of professionalism such as Ministry of Justice, the Judiciary, Law firms, legislative organs, academic institutions, business corporations and Non-governmental organizations.

 

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