A total of 70 Makerere University law students are set to appear before the Examinations and Malpractices, Irregularities, and Appeals Committee to answer allegations of malpractice.
It is reported the allegations stem from online exams administered during the second semester of the academic year 2020/2021.
It should be noted that the Law students that year did online examinations as the rest of the school was administered physical or seat in exams.
Percy Mpindi the President of the Makerere Law Society says regardless of the fact that many students have been accused of malpractice, no verdict has been issued. She claims that the leaders will make certain that all affected students are granted a fair hearing.
Makerere University’s rules on Examination Malpractice and Irregularities state that if anyone is found guilty, their exam will be canceled and they will be suspended for a period of not more than two years.
The committee will be seating this week to determine the fate of the affected students.
The School of Law has since evolved from what started as a SCHOOL OF LAW in 1968, the School has sought to provide quality education in the study of Law and Legal Sciences, and to promote the development of a well-rounded scholar and advocate. Over the thirty years of its existence, the School has expanded tremendously. While the fast graduating class (1968-71) was made up of 17 male students and 6 women, the Class of 1997- 2001 boasts a total of nearly 300, with a female enrollment of nearly 40 percent Whereas the Faculty opened with only 6 teachers, today it is made up of a teaching staff of over thirty, comprising 24 men and 8 women. All of them are Ugandan academics who have distinguished themselves m their respective disciplines. Commencing as a department in the faculty of Social Sciences, today the Faculty is divided into four departments, viz., Law & Jurisprudence, Commercial Law, Public and Comparative Law and the Human Rights & Peace Centre (HURIPEC). The education offered by the Faculty today is extremely diverse. Not only is the regular (day) program growing from strength to strength, but in 1993 the Faculty pioneered the introduction of Evening classes – a practice that was quickly emulated throughout the university campus- Postgraduate degrees are currently offered at the Masters (LL-M) and Doctorate (LL-D) level, and both are attracting a considerable clientele.
The SCHOOL OF LAW is poised to enter the 21st Century as a trail-blazer in the arena of legal teaching scholarship and practice, providing personnel for traditional law practice, non-governmental service, international diplomacy and academia. Not only has it strengthened the traditional areas of teaching such as Legal methods, Land law and Civil Procedure, but it is introducing new areas that meet the challenges of the new millennium, such as Legal informatics, Gender and the Law, and Clinical Legal Education. All these developments have projected the Faculty back into the international arena, drawing student app4cations from within the Greater Eastern Africa region, and further afield.