The Law Development Centre Director Frank Nigel Othembi has revealed that they are considering scrapping the pre entry examinations as a pre-condition for admitting law graduates to the Bar course.
Othembi made the revelation during an interview with Daily Monitor newspaper during weekend.
He said since LDC admits students from universities in the country that have been accredited by the Law Council, there’s no justification to again subject their graduates to pre-entry exams.
However, he did not specify when the centre will scrap the exams but said the discussions with various stakeholders are ongoing.
“As LDC and other institutions, we are engaged in having the pre-entry exams scrapped. We totally agree with the Justice Minister to have the pre-entry exams scrapped because the Law Council has accredited more than 12 universities to teach law. We believe that such universities have the capacity to produce good law students,” Othembi told the local daily.
Early this month, Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs called for the removal of the exams.
He said every student who has studied law at a recognized university should be allowed to join LDC without academic restrictions.
“If I am paying for myself at LDC, why stop me? I am not wasting any taxpayers’ money. Let everybody go, sit the exams and if I fail, let me repeat. It’s my money. Let’s get an understanding where we can allow our young people a chance to try their level best,” said Otafiire during the opening of the New Law Year in Kampala.