Overview

Degree awarded                           Bachelor 
Duration                                       4 years

 

Course description

The Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Program at Uganda Christian University (UCU) is an interdisciplinary program that integrates the natural and social sciences to generate and apply new knowledge about the quality of our justice system. 

 

Vision
The Faculty of Law vision is tied to the greater vision of the entire university. In particular, the Faculty of Law is dedicated to providing instruction to students in the legal field and developing a hub of legal scholarship and research facilities for students and interested academics and researchers from Uganda, the countries of East Africa and beyond.

 

Mission
We endeavor to train lawyers with a difference, that is, those that are well grounded in law and are morally upright.

Entry Requirements

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 admissions board sets the cut-off points depending on the number of applicants and number of spaces available.

 

Direct Entry 

Ugandan applicants

Applicants should hold at least

  • Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) certificate with at least 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 applicants

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.

 

Diploma Entry 

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

 

Vision
The Faculty of Law vision is tied to the greater vision of the entire university. In particular, the Faculty of Law is dedicated to providing instruction to students in the legal field and developing a hub of legal scholarship and research facilities for students and interested academics and researchers from Uganda, the countries of East Africa and beyond.

 

Mission
We endeavor to train lawyers with a difference, that is, those that are well grounded in law and are morally upright.

Course Details

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 an optional, final year elective course. 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:

  1. Train students in research and writing legal papers,
  2. Afford students the opportunity to develop their intellectual talents and potential in an area of law and/or related discipline of their choice,
  3. Widen the scope of research activities at the Faculty and,
  4. 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.

 

Curriculum Structure

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 (CH) per semester.

Course Content

Courses

Code

LH

TH

PH

CU

Year 1 Semester 1

         

Introduction to Law: Simple Document Drafting Sequence with 2/3 Tutorial Assistants

BLAW 1101

4

2

 

5

Fundamentals of Criminal Law Socratic Emphasis

BLAW 1102

4

2

 

5

Contract I Statutory Construction Emphasis

BLAW 1103

4

2

 

5

Constitutional History

BLAW 1104

4

2

 

5

Writing & Study Skills(Note 1)

FS 1101

2

4

 

3

Introduction to the Bible

FS 1105

2

2

 

3

 Total

       

26

           

Year 1 Semester 2

         

Legal Methods I (Understanding Ethics)

BLAW 1201 (FS 2102)

3

0

 

3

Criminal Liability Moot Exercise

BLAW 1202

4

2

 

5

Contract II: Simple Document Drafting Sequence with Extra Tutorial Assistants

BLAW 1203

4

2

 

5

Constitutional Law Socratic Emphasis

BLAW 1204

4

2

 

5

Administrative Authorities Statutory Construction Emphasis Class

BLAW 1205

4

2

 

5

Basic Computing(Note 2)

FS 1102

 

4

 

3

 Total

       

26

           

Year 2 Semester 1

         

Administrative Process

BLAW 2101

4

2

 

5

Foundations of Land Law

BLAW 2102

4

2

 

5

Nature and History of Torts Socratic Emphasis

BLAW 2103

4

2

 

5

The Law of Sales Statutory Construction Emphasis

BLAW 2104

4

2

 

5

Legal Methods II (Letter Writing, Contracts, Legislative Comment)

BLAW 2105

4

2

 

5

Understanding World Views

FS 2101

2

2

 

3

 Total

       

28

           

Year 2 Semester 2

         

Jurisprudence I

BLAW 2201

4

2

 

5

Family Law I Socratic Emphasis

BLAW 2202

4

2

 

5

Land Transactions Statutory Construction Emphasis

BLAW 2203

4

2

 

5

Negligence and Strict Liability: Demand Letter, Plaint, Answer

BLAW 2204

4

2

 

5

Equity and Trust Moot Exercise

BLAW 2205

4

2

 

5

           

Bi-Weekly LDC Content Review Session

         

 Total

       

25

           

Year 3 Semester 1

         

Jurisprudence II

BLAW 3101

4

2

 

5

Family Law II Statutory Construction Emphasis

BLAW 3102

4

2

 

5

Criminal Procedure: Procedural Motions and Responses.

BLAW 3103

4

2

 

5

Business Associations I

BLAW 3104

4

2

 

5

Law of Evidence I (Socratic Emphasis)

BLAW 3105

4

2

 

5

International Law I

BLAW 3106

4

2

 

5

 Total

       

30

           

Year 3 Semester 2

         

Research Methods(Note 4)

BLAW 3202

4

2

 

5

Business Associations II Statutory Construction Emphasis

BLAW 3204

4

2

 

5

Law of Evidence II Moot Exercise

BLAW 3205

4

2

 

5

International Law II Socratic Emphasis

BLAW 3206

4

2

 

5

Legal Practice and Professionalism I (Revised): Client Letter, Cross/Direct, Appellate Brief, Oral Argument(Note 3)

       

5

           

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

4

2

 

5

Legal Practice and Professionalism II (Note 6) (Stream 1) OR Banking & Negotiable Instruments (Stream 2)

BLAW 4106 / BLAW 3201

4

2

 

5

Electives:

         

International Humanitarian Law

BLAW 4102

4

2

 

5

Intellectual Property I OR International Humanitarian Law

BLAW 4103

4

2

 

5

Labour Law I

BLAW 4104

4

2

 

5

Law and Christian Political Thought

BLAW 4105

4

2

 

5

Gender and the Law OR Law & Christian Political Thought

BLAW 4107

4

2

 

5

Environmental Law & Policy

BLAW 4108

4

2

 

5

Oil & Gas Law

BLAW 4109

4

2

 

5

           
           

Elective Course Units yet to be approved:

         

Alternative Dispute Resolution

         
           
           

Year 4 Semester 2

         

Core:

         

Civil Procedure II (2 Streams): Selected Civil Motions

BLAW 4201

4

2

 

5

Legal Practice and Professionalism II (Projects) (Stream 2) OR Banking & Negotiable Instruments (Stream 1)

BLAW4206/ BLAW3201

       

Electives:

         

Dissertation for Qualified Students

BLAW 4202

4

2

 

5

Intellectual Property II (All who passed Intellectual Property I are eligible)

BLAW 4203

4

2

 

5

Labour Law II (All who passed Labour Law I are eligible)

BLAW 4204

4

2

 

5

Human Rights

BLAW 4205

4

2

 

5

International Trade

BLAW 4207

4

2

 

5

Revenue Law and Taxation

BLAW 4208

4

2

 

5

Insurance Law

BLAW 4209

4

2

 

5

           

Elective Course Units yet to be approved:

         

Conflict of Laws/Private International Law

 

4

2

 

5

International Commercial Arbitration

 

4

2

 

5

ICT Law

 

4

2

 

5

Health Law & Policy

 

4

2

 

5

Disability Law and Practice

         

 Cyber Law

         

Comparative Constitutional Law

         

Business Concepts for Lawyers

         

Bankruptcy and Higher Purchase

         
           
           
           
           
           

 

Total Credits: 210

Programme Load
Graduation load for LL.B is a minimum of 210 Credit Units

Timetables

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Careers

Career Prospects

 

Legal education at the Faculty of Law is tailored to prepare 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 others'- existence.


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.