Kampala — The Uganda Law Council recently released the Law Development Center (LDC) entry exam results with the majority failing to get the pass mark. Of the 1,090 students who sat the exam, 685 failed.
Of the seven universities that forwarded students, Makerere University, the country's oldest institution got the majority slots with 209 students qualifying.
LDC is the only institution in the country that offers the postgraduate diploma in law, a requirement for one to be allowed to practice law.
The pre-entry exam was an initiative reached by the stakeholders two years ago in an attempt to curb high rates of students' failure and drop out before ending the course. Among the stakeholders who took part in the decision making include the National Council for Higher Education, Legal Education of Law Council and Ministry of Justice among others.
"The entry exam is meant to check on the students' numbers joining the course and it also helps in sorting out students who can really perform", said Mr Didas Bakunzi the editor Department of law reporting at the Law Development Centre (LDC).
He recommends that the policy of pre-entry exams should be adopted by other courses if they are to improve the quality of professionals.
Bakunzi said the pre-entry exam was instituted because of very high numbers of failures among law students which are attributed to the liberalization of the education system.
However, those who failed to attain the pass mark still have a chance to be a practicing lawyer since they are free to repeat the paper when offered again next year.
"Those who failed must wait until the next entry due next year since passing the paper is the only avenue through which one can enter the development center," said Mr. Hamis Lukyamuzi, the LDC spokes person.
The paper was open to whoever has attained a Bachelors degree in laws from any institution accredited by the law council to undertake legal education.