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Law Development Centre Calls for Investigation into Allegedly Fake Law Degrees

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Law Development Centre LDCAdmits Over 1600 Students for Bar Course
Law Development Centre LDCAdmits Over 1600 Students for Bar Course




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The Law Development Centre (LDC) is urging the Uganda Law Council to investigate the authenticity of law degrees obtained from certain universities, following a surge in students applying for the Bar course. Annet Karungi, the head of the Bar Course at LDC, made the plea during a presentation of the proposed budget for the financial year 2024/2025 before Parliament’s legal committee.

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The call for investigation comes as LDC received an unusually high number of students for the Bar course. In response to queries raised by Gomba West Member of Parliament Robinah Rwakoojo regarding complaints from students who claimed to have paid fees but were not admitted, Karungi explained that in the current academic year, LDC received 3,000 applications against the expected 1,800. Consequently, the centre admitted 2,417 students across its four campuses.






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Karungi clarified that no student was denied admission. However, due to the large number of applicants with first-class and second-class upper degrees from specific universities, LDC decided to admit only 60 percent from each university. The remaining applicants have been deferred to the next academic year.

MPs John Bosco Okiror and Yusuf Mutembule raised concerns about the authenticity of the degrees after students are admitted. Karungi acknowledged the challenge and expressed hope that the Uganda Law Council would address the issue. She noted that, based on their observations, some students with first-class degrees may not be the best, often repeating various subjects and causing congestion in the system.