BY ALEX TAREMWA
Over 700 applicants turned up for the Faculty of Law (LLB) pre-entry interviews held last week.
The interviews were held to test the applicants’ focus, level of analysis, logic and reasoning. This involved writing a two-page essay on a particular issue affecting society and a set of multiple choice questions designed to test the candidates’ IQ.
While talking to The Standard , Dr Anthony Kakooza, the dean of the Faculty of Law, said that although they registered a huge turn-up, the Uganda Christian University (UCU) Law school can only accommodate 370 students; 240 at the main campus and 130 at the Kampala Campus.
“We have two streams at the main campus that only accommodate 120 students each so we are limited. Mbale started a law programme but it is pending accreditation. If they are ready, we can negotiate and send about 100 students there as well,” Kakooza said.
Due to meager funds the law faculty could not hire externally lawyers to oversee the exercise as the case has always been. The three-day interviews instead had 12 panels each managed by two lawyers and someone co-opted from another course.
“Thanks to its outstanding products, the UCU law school has been the subject of several positive reviews as arguably the best school in the country, an aspect that presents the challenge of us living up to the expectations,” Dr Kakooza said.
In that regard, the faculty is in the process of re-writing its curriculum to suit the global spectrum by incorporating the African Union Law and having exchange programmes with numerous law schools in the East African Community.
“The challenge now is for us to stay at the top and this we can do by transforming so much of what we do here. We are organising to have senior professors to teach the master’s programme, thereby laying the foundation for a PhD programme,” Kakooza said.
Beginning 2017 the law faculty will also make internship for all third-year students mandatory and at the same time commence teaching a Master’s in Human Rights.