By Maureen Nakigozi
170 lawyers are set to miss this year’s Law Development Centre graduation after failing to pass the final and supplementary examinations.
The results released last week indicate that only 290 lawyers have passed and qualified for the award of Diploma in legal practice out of a total of 464 students who resat the examinations.
The lawyers re-sat supplementary examinations between April and May in course units they had earlier failed in 2010/2011 and 2009/2010 academic years.
According to LDC spokesperson Hamis Lukyamuzi, the lawyers who failed will have to re-sit papers they failed to pass in academic year 2012/2013.
Many lawyers who go for Diploma in legal practice graduate after two or more years because they fail to pass all the subjects in the course in the period of 11 months (duration of the course).
With the introduction of pre-entry examinations, the performance at the centre has improved especially in the academic year 2010/11. 238 students who sat the exams in the academic year,2010/2011, 197 passed and 41 failed which is a good performance compared to the past years.
The general failure rates have dropped from 93% to 74% in the academic year 2010/2011
Most failures have been registered in commercial transaction subject which had 131 out of 224 student fail the subject.
Land transactions, Domestic relations and Civil proceedings were the best done subjects.
LDC’s 39th graduation is slated for July 27 and 450 students are expected to graduate including who were pursuing a diploma in law.