The Law Development Centre(LDC) has implemented the High Court ruling that barred a total of 100 lawyers who it said had sat their final supplementary examinations illegally.
Justice Lydia Mugambe on Monday held that court cannot interfere with the mandate of the LDC or any other institution to determine who has passed or failed and therefore noted it cannot order for the release of the withheld results.
Consequently, management at LDC has come up with a number of measures ahead of the 47th graduation scheduled for tomorrow, Friday that include expunging the withheld results from the institution’s official records.
“The applicants and “other students in their predicament” who failed some subjects at first sitting and also failed subsequent supplementary examinations (retakes) are at liberty to apply to LDC to repeat the failed subjects in accordance with the applicable Rules for passing the Bar Course,” management said in a memo to all students.
Management at the Law Development Centre also announced that students intending to repeat some subjects cannot do so in the current 2019/20 academic year but can join the Bar Course in the 2020/21 academic year or other subsequent years.
“An application to join the Bar Course to repeat subject(s) shall be submitted through the normal application process when LDC advertises for applications. 7. Admission to the Bar Course shall be subject to the availability of space at LDC.”
LDC management added that as a result of the suspension of the pre-entry exams this year, they had a big influx of over 2700 applicants who could not be admitted in the 2019/20 academic year and therefore pre-admitted 1117 students from backlog to the forthcoming 2020/21 academic year.
“In 2020 LDC expects over 1,200 fresh applications for from students completing the LL.B in 2020 from the various universities accredited to teach law. Allocation of campus shall be determined by the Admissions Board as part of the normal admission process. A student admitted to repeat a subject is expected to do so at the campus allocated by LDC.”
LDC currently has 2 campuses in Kampala and Mbarara but says it hopes to operationalize its Lira campus in 2020.
“To facilitate planning by LDC, all affected students who intend to repeat subjects should register with the Secretary LDC by January 31, 2020. This is not an application to repeat subject but rather to avail LDC information that will facilitate planning.”