Justices of the High court have commended the School of Law, Makerere University for the practical teaching methodologies that have exposed Law students early enough in their career to the real-life proceedings of the court through Moot Courts.
“You have mastered the bigger things” said Justice Lydia Mugambe while addressing students at the close of the 6th Annual High Court Moot before real judges organized by the Public Interest Law Clinic (PILAC), School of Law on Friday 13th November 2020.
Justice Mugambe who has been associated with the Moot Courts at High Court since inception six years ago noted the tremendous improvements made by the students as they argued their cases. ‘Take note of the redundancies, be careful what you say and how you say it, take note of the choice of words” she advised the law students.
Mak Law Students Win the LUMS Moot Court
Third Year Makerere University Law Students Miss Nabuduwa Gertrude and Mr. Mayanja Benson won the Lahore University of Management Science (LUMS) Moot.
The Moot which was about International Humanitarian Law (IHL)was organized by the School of Law, Lahore University of Management Science (LUMS), Pakistan.
The preliminary rounds included writing memorials and submitting video of the team making presentations, which enabled the winning team to advance to the finals on Saturday 3rd April 2020.
The finals were held on Sunday 4th April, argued against a Pakistan University and won the case. Mr. Benson Mayanja was the best oralist.
Ruth Muhawe, Best Overall Student, School of Law
Ruth has graduated at the top of her class with a CGPA of 4.38, Second Class Honors – Upper Division. She is currently pursuing her post-graduate diploma in law at the Law Development Centre. She attended Entebbe Christian School for her primary education and Kings’ College, Budo for both her O’ and A’ level.
While at the School of Law, Ruth participated in a number of other academic activities beyond the lecture room. She was an active member of the Public Interest Law Clinic (PILAC) throughout her undergraduate studies and is a proud alumnus of the CLE Class of 2019. As a selected member of the class, she attended the Summer School on Business and Human Rights hosted by the University of Zurich in July 2019.
Because of her great passion for moot court and the School’s vibrant Moot Society, Ruth had the opportunity to represent the University at the 4th Annual National Inter-University Constitutional Law Moot Court Competitions hosted by CEHURD in 2017 and the 27th All Africa Moot Court Competitions 2018 in Accra, Ghana, both of which she won. She also emerged best oralist at the national rounds of the 2020 JESSUP moot competition. Ruth served as Deputy Editor in Chief of the Makerere Law Journal for the year 2018/2019 during which she published a paper on the human rights impact of Uganda’s sovereign debt. In her final year, she joined the pioneer team of research fellows at the Centre for Law and Emerging Technologies where she also volunteered as student coordinator for the class of 2020.
School of Law Praised for Reaching out to the Indigent
The School of Law has been commended for their efforts in offering free legal services to the most needy communities surrounding Makerere University.
The community leaders drawn from Kikoni, Kivulu, Kasokoso and Kikubamutwe were beneficiaries of the three-day training for paralegals held from 18th to 20th November, 2020 at the Grand Global Hotel. It was organized by the Legal Aid Unit with support from the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF).
While presiding over the closing of the training, the Ag. Principal, Prof. Christopher Mbazira commended the team at the Legal Aid Unit of the School of Law for demystifying the ivory tower syndrome through working closely with the communities that benefit from the legal services offered by the unit. He said through such efforts, the relations between Makerere University and the surrounding communities had improved over time.
He said the training covered subjects like the landlord and tenant relations that affect people on a day-to-day basis with a focus on the law and what pertains to it. He urged the participants to utilize the knowledge acquired to help their respective communities.
Prof. Mbazira said the interactions with the communities has been beneficial to law students since it offers a learning exposure through real life issues that shape their appreciation of the law.