Tuesday, July 9, 2013
OPEN LETTER TO THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR, LAW DEVELOPMENT CENTRE
Law Development Centre,
Department of Postgraduate Legal Studies,
P.O. Box 7117, Kampala.
Tuesday, 9th July, 2013.
THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR,
LAW DEVELOPMENT CENTRE,
P.O. BOX 7117, KAMPALA-UGANDA.
Re: Anticipated Disciplinary Proceedings Against One Bar Course Student
During yesterday’s address, the Acting Head, Department of Postgraduate Legal Studies (Bar Course), said that one of our moot judges reported an alleged act of indiscipline, to Administration. It is said that the student “stormed out” of a moot court session, on Friday, last week. Those who were in attendance, say that this is not true. That the concerned student had only moved out to visit the lavatories and returned shortly. The presiding judge unfortunately mistook this for an act of protest against him and actually took her through a bitter quiz, upon her return.
Be that as it may, it is the humble request of the student community, that we embrace reconciliation and bury the hatchet especially, in light of the fact that the complainant, the judge, is himself not without fault, as it clearly emerged from the meeting yesterday. For the sake of harmony between students and staff members, any anticipated disciplinary processes should be abated and a new chapter of friendly relations between the two camps, be opened. As the Bible states in Amos 5:24, we are called upon to, “Instead, let justice flow like a stream and righteousness like a river that never goes dry.”
Meanwhile, it is my considered opinion that the subjects of Accountancy for Lawyers and Revenue Law and Taxation, currently taught at the Bar Course, are really unnecessary and a total burden to students. They should be scrapped and better things done in their place, for two reasons.
First, inasmuch as I agree that all knowledge on earth is good, I don’t see reason why, given the short time span and workload of the Bar Course, we, as students, should be subjected to the torment of having to study things we may never practice as lawyers. I suggest that the study of accountancy be strictly reserved for accountants, whose services we should be at liberty to hire when necessary. Those interested, if any, may privately enroll for studies in accountancy, as and when they wish.
Second, as regards Revenue Law and Taxation, as a person who offered this subject at undergraduate level and passed it with ease, I contend that it is fairly complex, such that the time available at the course is too inadequate to permit sufficient coverage of it. This time constraint leaves fresh students ill-equipped to ably advise clients on taxation matters. In any case, the subject is an elective at university but many of us opted not to offer it. It is therefore, unfair to force it on them at the Bar Course, just like it is illogical to force those who did it before to redo it. Consequently, this results in time wasting and burden accumulation for students and unnecessary expenditure on the Centre’s part.
c.c. Acting Head, Department of Postgraduate Studies (Bar Course)
c.c. Students’ Notice board