Makerere University School of Law

By | February 11, 2020

Undergraduate  programs
At the undergraduate level, the School of Law offers a 4-year undergraduate Bachelor of Laws (LLB.) degree. This course is conducted simultaneously in the Full-time Day program and Evening Program. Each of the two is specially suited for a different class of student, the latter being tailored to professionals who want to deepen their knowledge of law or are called to the legal profession later in life and is exclusively available to self-sponsored students. The extension of the course to four years was intended to both  broaden and deepen the students’ grasp of legal concepts and their relationship to other disciplines. It also gives a much wider choice of subjects, particularly in the final year of study.

Admission Requirements
Entry into the Bachelor of Laws programme is open to three categories of applicants namely:

a)    Direct Entry Scheme
For admission to the Bachelor of Laws degree programme under the Direct Entry Scheme, an applicant must have:
i)    The Uganda Certificate of Education (or equivalent) with at least five credit passes.
ii)    The Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education with at least two principal passes in any of the subjects done at A- Level School obtained at the same sitting.
b)    Diploma Holders Entry Scheme;
An applicant must have at least a Second Class Diploma from a recognized Institution. Degree holders may also apply under this scheme.

c)    Mature Age Entry Scheme;
An applicant must have sat for and passed the National Aptitude Test and subject based Makerere Mature Age Entry examinations.

Other Admission Requirements

i)    All applicants who apply for admission to the LL.B. programme shall undergo an Admission Test effective 2012/2013 academic year. The test will evaluate aptitude, analytical and communication skills.

ii)    Detailed information on admission procedures, fees and requirements for each of the categories of admission can be obtained from the office of the Academic Registrar in Senate House or at

    Learning Outcomes of the LL.B. Programme
            The LL.B programme is intended to produce;
a)    A graduate who is able to carry out Legal research and advise on applicable legal principles to government departments, private sector and individuals.
b)    A graduate who is academically prepared to undertake practical legal training in preparation for legal practice:
c)    A graduate who is conversant with principles relating to the rule of law and protection of individual or societal rights and freedoms.
d)    A graduate who is adaptable and able to work in administrative and management positions in the public and private sectors.
e)    A graduate who can articulate debate on legal issues and contribute to reform in the laws.

Graduate programs

At the graduate level, the School of Law offers a 2-year Master of Laws (LL.M) degree and the Doctor of Laws (LL.D.). At the Master’s level, there is no specialization but the student has the choice to tailor his/her academic and professional needs according to their interests. The Doctor of Laws generally follows the Doctor of Philosophy structure and is similar in academic rigor.

Admissions requirements
The Masters of Laws (LL.M) Programme is generally open to two categories of students namely:
(a)     Holders of at least a second class Honors Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) Degree from a recognized University;
(b)     Holders of an equivalent of a second class Degree in Law from a recognized University.

Applications for the LL.M degree should be addressed to the Academic Registrar during the months of January-March of each year.

For details regarding application procedure and application forms contact the School of Postgraduate Studies, Level 4, Senate House.
International students should provide official certified transcripts.  The University has a credit evaluation scheme and a list of the recognized Institutions, worldwide.

Admission Process
The Admissions Board of the School of Postgraduate Studies selects suitable candidates on the recommendation of the Higher Degrees Committee of the School of Law.  This process usually takes place at the beginning of each calendar year.

Graduate Admission test
As part of the selection process, the High Degrees Committee conducts a Graduate Admission Test, which includes an oral interview by a panel of academic staff and a written test with an element of aptitude.

Entering students are only admitted in the first semester, which usually commences in August and continues through to early June.  We generally expect to admit between 20-50 students in each LL.M entering class.