Law Development Center (LDC) has registered an alarming failure rate by students taking the Bar Course.
Only 10% of the students who sat for exams last year passed.
From about 1,474 students pursuing the post-graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, only 145 made it.
They include; 61 from Mbarara campus and 84 from LDC Kampala.
The remaining 1,329 students failed miserably.
Repeating a Post Graduate Bar Course Compulsory Subject – Group A costs Shs1.5m, Post Call Bar Course costs Shs1.5m, Post Call Foundation Course costs Shs1m and Post Graduate Bar Course Compulsory Subject – GroupB Shs1m.
‘Everyone admitted at LDC has potential to be an advocate, and learning to practise law should never be a game of russian roulette,” said opposition FDC party.
“In the last Parliament, Hon. Adeke Anna & other FDC MPs did challenge the LDC on many issues, they will continue standing with students on this too.”
Frank Nigel Othembi, LDC Director, while speaking on the Bar Course Results said: “This is the first group of bar course students admitted without undergoing pre-entry examination.”
He added: ‘A number of them were unable to cope with the academic demands of the course. They didn’t give it due focus.”
FDC refuted his explanation saying, “This is untrue, before we successfully challenged the need of Pre-Entry, we had lawyers admitted to the Bar before the pre-entry were part of the process. Actually, many lawyers never sat pre-entry, Frank Othembi inclusive. We believe the undergraduate law degree is of quality.”