Exclusive: Over 1400 lawyers fail LDC exams, only 145 passed

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Over 1400 lawyers fail LDC exams, only 145 passed. Whisper Eye News

Whisper Eye News has credibly learnt that over 1400 Lawyers studying at Law Development Centre (LDC) have failed their final examination for 2019/2020 postgraduate Bar Course.

According to the LDC Final examination results signed by Academic Registrar, Dr. Everest Turyahikayo on Whisper Eye News desk for both Kampala and Mbarara campus and also approved by the management committee of LDC at a meeting held on 28th May 2021.

That 1500 lawyers who sat the exams, only 145 managed to reach the pass mark qualifying them for the award of the Diploma in Legal Practice.

286 lawyers have been totally discontinued from the bar course following failing more than three category A subjects that include family law, civil procedure, criminal procedure, corporate and commercial, and land transactions.

1086 lawyers who failed some exams will have another chance to sit for supplementary papers in subjects against their names.

However, according to the Academic Registrar Dr. Everest Turyahikayo those to sit supplementary/ special exams only 170 and 330 slots are available for Lira and Mbarara campus for the current 2020/2021 academic year.

Those who wish to do supplementary/special exams at Kampala Campus will have to wait for the incoming academic year of 2021/2022.

Following government intervention, Law Council suspended Pre-entry exams for two years which was a requirement for a lawyer to be admitted at the Law development center.

Speaking to one of the professional Advisor this evening, She attributed the high failure rate to the scraping of pre-entry exams that at least would test lawyers before being admitted at the center.

Truth be told Whisper Eye, these kids played around with online classes, I am still puzzled. I think covid 19 effects, otherwise, some students who failed but looked promising in class, she stated.

I also believe the administration should have waited for covid to clear given that the number was too big to be taught online, she added.

She concluded by also stating that the notion that whenever some students fail, the institution’s administration is the problem.

LDC Director Frank Nigel Othembi attributed the registered decline in performance compared to last academic years to challenges of the covid-19 pandemic and the online learning in the 3rd term.

For a lawyer to practice he /she must have graduated from the Law development center before enrolling as an advocate of the high court in Uganda.

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