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The office of the DPP pledges to support the 50-year celebrations of the School of Law

The Director Public Prosecutions Mr. Mike Chibita has expressed his commitment to support and to take part in the activities lined up for the 50-year celebrations of The School of Law Makerere University.
“I spent memorable time at campus and will definitely be part of the celebrations”, said Mr. Mike Chibita while receiving a delegation of members of the Mak SoL@ 50 organizing committee that paid a courtesy call on him Thursday 23rd, August 2018.
He said Makerere University and the School of Law in its own right is a brand adding that he would mobilise his staff, ninety percent of whom are from Makerere University to join the cause.
Mr. Chibita also agreed to a request presented to him by the committee to have a DPP day in the School of Law annually where their office would take charge of all the days activities.  He said there were a number of experiences that needed to be shared with the students as a way of preparing them for the profession well ahead of time. 
The DPP said it was important that the students learnt the law but also ensure that the persons in the profession enable the country to uphold the rule of law, respect for personal and other people’s rights, the rights of the individual and the responsibilities of the State.  He said the office of the DPP would gladly join efforts with the School of Law to work towards the sensitization of the public in a number of respects.
While extending appreciation on behalf of the organizing committee, Dr. Christopher Mbazira the Principal School of Law said the objective of celebrating 50 years of the School of Law was to take stock of the achievements realized in the past, review the present and adequately lay strategies to harness the opportunities in the future.
He said under the Theme, Celebrating 50 years of Success and Building for the Future, the School of Law has lined up a number of activities that include Public Lectures, Conferences, Legal aid open day, as well as a student moot organized at the Supreme Court among others.  The Climax of all these will be a Dinner to be held at Hotel Africana on the 12th of October 2018.
The Team was comprised of Mrl Khaukha Andrew, Chairperson of the Alumni Subcommittee, Mr. Francis Harimwomugasho, Chairperson Publicity, Dr. Christopher Mbazira, The Principal School of Law, Mr. John Nuwagaba and Harriet Musinguzi from the Communications office in the School of Law.
About the School
The School of Law, Makerere University, is the premier School of Law in Uganda. The School was started in 1968 as a Department in the then Faculty of Social Sciences. Later, in 1970, the Department became a fully-fledged faculty, giving birth to the Faculty of Law. In 2012, the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions (Management of Constituent Colleges of Makerere University) Statute, 2012, was adopted, converting Makerere into a collegiate university. Subsequently, the School started the process to become a College but chose to retain the name "School" informed by best international practices.  The first programme established by the Faculty in 1968 was the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) as a 3 year programme. Later, the Master of Laws (LLM) programme was established, followed by the Doctor of Laws (LLD).  The student population has grown from 17 graduating students in 1971 to 280 students in 2018. The total student population currently stands at 1300, the majority of students being undergraduates. The School has tremendously contributed to the human resource in the legal sector, both within and outside Uganda. Graduates of the School have gone on to become judicial officers, legal practitioners, legal advisors, legal academics and politicians. The School's Vision remains: "To become Africa's pre-eminent law school with a rich tradition of excellence in the teaching of law, legal training and research".
 

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES TO MARK 50 YEARS OF THE SCHOOL OF LAW 1968-2018

Theme: Celebrating 50 years of Success and Building for the Future.

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Date

Event and Space Required

Venue Time

 

  1.  

Monday 30th July 2018

The Academia in the Extractive Industries, East Africa Regional workshop organized with support from IGa

School of Law Board room

 

8:00 am -5:00 pm

  1.  

Friday 24th August 2018

 

 

Public Lecture on the topic: Implications and execution of the Decisison in Amama Mbabazi v Yoweri Kaguata Museveni & Ors (Presidential Petition No.1. of 2016)

Makerere University Main hall

2:00 – 5:00 pm

3

Wednesday 3rd October 2018

The 1st Disability Rights Conference.

Makerere University Main hall

 

8:00 am -5:00 pm

4

Friday 14th September 2018

Pro bono legal and legal aid awareness session

 

Freedom Square, Makerere University

 

8:00 am -5:00 pm

5

Date not fixed

 

Students Moot Court

Supreme Court

2:00-5:00 p:m

6

Thursday 11th October 2018

Public Lecture: The Place of the School of Law in Promoting Rule of Law, Human Rights and Democracy in Uganda, the Region and Continent.

Makerere University Main hall

 

2:00 – 5:00 pm

7

Friday 12th October 2018

SoL@50 Dinner and Fundraising drive Launch

 Hotel Africana

6:00- till late