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Publish Date: Apr 04, 2013
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Keeping up with New Trends of Legal Practice

 

The fact that legal practice is changing from what has been traditionally known no longer needs over emphasis. Indeed having an ordinary law degree is no longer something worth a big celebration as the bigger challenge lies ahead for the law graduate.

This is so true especially as the law graduates lack the necessary practical skills in small economies such as ours. As I write this piece, I also realize that my roles as a lecturer at a Law School have also drastically changed from merely meeting students in class and pumping them with legal theory.

I am beginning to recognize that attending to Law Gradates seeking for employment opportunities is becoming bigger and bigger as part of my other silent duties. This would be per perfectly fine if the students were fit for the available  opportunities in this dynamic age.

What actually is the problem?

From my owan experience, the current law curriculum and modes of teaching still serve a colonial kind of legal need. Under this system, law graduates were needed to serve as government officials and in some cases work as private legal practitioners “as agents of courts”.

As such the training they needed was to enable them appreciate the doctrines of law and court procedures. Indeed these kind of graduates are still needed today but with the number of law graduates coming out each year, the available market for this traditional market is very limited.

This coupled with the requirement that such a lawyer must attend and pass the Bar Course at the Law Development Center has made life more challenging for the current law graduates as its just a fraction of those that graduate that make it to and through the Bar Course Training.

We also need to recognize that the work environment today is more dynamic and the legal training has to move with this dynamism.

At the moment, the subjects of law have expanded and with globalization, the market for “skilled” lawyers has massively expanded as areas which where traditionally non legal are increasingly yearning for the services. Click to view

Face To Face with the Vice Chancellor St. Augustine International University.

QUganda already has many universities. Why was SAIU started?

SAIU was started to provide quality education to students, education that would be comparable to what other universities internationally offer.

Education that would turn the students into ethical individuals who not only seek employment but create jobs. St. Augustine International University was founded to advance the cause of learning and research and take its place among the great universities of the world.

QWho are the brains behind its formation?

SAIU was started by a group of like minded individuals who have a passion for delivering quality higher education in Uganda and together constitute the Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees are very central to the health and welfare of the University. They ensure that the University is capable of accomplishing its mission and vision for current and future generations.

QHow many departments/schools has SAIU?

SAIU is structured into four colleges, each of which is divided into a number of schools and departments. The five colleges are Law and Business, Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Engineering and Information Sciences and finally Health, Medical and Life Sciences.

This college structure enables interdisciplinary collaboration since there are fewer administrative boundaries between disciplines and operational relationships in curricula, teaching and learning, and research.

QHow distinct is it from other universities?

All universities engage in teaching, learning and research. What differentiates one university from another are the values underlying these core activities.

SAIU looks not on the number of its students or the magnificence of its campus, but on the quality of its faculty, contribution to learning and the ability of its graduates to create jobs or compete favourably in the job market both nationally and internationally.

SAIU is offering education that is international, yet with unique Ugandan expertise and perspectives. SAIU will achieve this by focusing on providing a supportive learning environment, student development and research. Read more

 

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