A total of 106 lawyers will have to wait for another year to graduate after failing to pass both final and supplementary examinations of the Law Development Centre (LDC).
After failing the final bar course exams taken last November, a total of 250 lawyers were given a chance to sit special /supplementary exams as it is usually done, but only 144 managed to pass the exams.
The LDC board of examiners released the results last week. Another 62 failed oral practical exams, 12 never showed up for the exams, while 32 completely failed the course.
Out of 358 lawyers who sat for the Bar Course final exams, almost three quarters of them failed the papers.
The LDC’s 41st graduation is slated for this Friday. Premier Amama Mbabazi is expected to officiate at the function. Some of this year’s graduands have been waiting for five years after failing some papers, which they had to pass to appear on the graduation list.
Another 282 graduands will be awarded diplomas in Law, while 10 will get diplomas in Human Rights.
Like it was last year, the number of graduands is smaller, compared to that of 2012,where 510 students graduated, something attributed on the reduced number of admissions.
According to LDC publicist Hamis Lukyamuzi, it will be the first time the centre is passing out graduands in the human rights field.
“We shall also use the same event to officially open the magnificent 1,000-seater auditorium, which we have put up at the centre,” he said by telephone yesterday
LDC is currently in spotlight over failing academic standards and manipulation of final examination results, partly blamed on some unscrupulous staff, who reportedly connive with students.
About the LDC exams
Gender. Out of the 208 lawyers getting a diploma in legal practice, 107 are males and 105 are females.
Graduation. Last year, at least 100 lawyers missed graduation, while in 2012, 177 missed.
Duration. The one-year bar course, which qualifies lawyers to become advocates, is supposed to be completed in one year. A student has to write and pass all his examinations, including oral and practical papers within the stipulated period.
Policy measures. Three years ago, the Centre introduced a new policy to start subjecting all students to pre-entry exams as measure to weed out sub-standard students. But this appears not to have yielded much as massive failures continue to haunt the Centre.