FAQs AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE ACADEMIC SERVICES AT LDC
FAQs AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE ACADEMIC SERVICES AT LDC-
A: ADMISSIONS AND REGISTRATIONS
- What are the courses offered at LDC main and regional campuses?
LDC offers a number of law courses ranging from the Bar Course, Diploma in Law Course, Diploma in Human Rights Course, Certificate in Administrative Law, Certificate in Court Bailiffs’, Auctioneers, Law Clerks and Court Clerks Law Course, Tailor made courses.
- How long are LDC Courses?
The duration of LDC Courses is as follows:
- Bar Course - one academic year
- Diploma Courses - one academic year
- Certificate Courses - one (day programme), three months (evening & weekend) For the application process, start date and fees/tuition, please visit LDC website: www.ldc.ac.ug
- What are the entry requirements for the courses at LDC?
The minimum entry requirements for admission to LDC Courses are:
- Court Bailiffs, Brokers, and Auctioneers’/Court Clerks and Law Clerks Law Course:
The minimum entry requirements for admission to an ordinary certificate programme is a Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) with at least 3 credits obtained at the same sitting.
To be eligible for admission to the Bar Course, the applicant should be:
-A holder of a degree in Law obtained by a University in Uganda, whose Law Degree programme has been accredited by the Law Council. This applies to Ugandan and non- Ugandan Citizens.
-A Ugandan citizen who is a holder of a degree in Law obtained from a University in a country operating the Common Law System. Such a university is verified by the Ugandan Law Council
-For qualifications obtained in Uganda, the degree must have been obtained from a University or Institution of higher education duly licensed or chartered under the Laws of Uganda, and; the university or institution must comply with the standards and requirements for the establishment and operation of a University as prescribed by the National Council for Higher Education.
-Diploma in Law and Diploma in Human Rights
- Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) with at least 5 passes; and
- Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE) with 1 principal pass and 2 subsidiary passes obtained at the same sitting or its equivalent.
-Administrative Officers’ Law course
- Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) with at least 5 passes; and
- Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE)
- What are the costs of application at LDC as of 2020?
The application fee is as follows excluding bank charges:
a. Certificate Courses
b. Diploma Courses
c. Bar Course
- Can I apply online?
You can apply online via the link: https://admissions.ldc.ac.ug/
- Does LDC admit students with disability?
Yes. LDC has a non-discriminative and inclusive admission policy
- Does LDC admit married students?
- How do I know if I have been admitted?
The list of successful applicants is uploaded on LDC website and pinned on LDC noticeboard. We also use social media such as LDC Facebook, WhatsApp and SMS to reach out to the applicants.
- Does LDC conduct lectures on evenings and weekends?
-Bar Course is offered on a full-time basis.
-Diploma in Human Rights is offered on evening sessions for all campuses.
-Diploma in Law is offered on Day, Evening and Weekend. Weekend is particularly for students who intend to study from Mbarara Campus.
-For Certificate Courses, we have day and evening at the main campus and weekend in study centres and other campuses.
- Does LDC have semester system?
LDC operates a term system and each term lasts for three months.
- Do regional campuses teach same content as LDC main?
Yes. All campuses follow the same curriculum and use the same lecturers
- Do students from all LDC campuses sit same exams?
Students from all campuses and centres sit the same exams.
- If my qualifications are not in English, can I be admitted?
If your qualifications are not in English, contact National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) to equate them. LDC will consider your application basing on the feedback from NCHE.
- Is LDC part of Makerere University?
LDC is an independent legal institution established by an Act of Parliament, Cap 132 of 1970.
- Can I get fees refund?
All fees is paid to the government through the URA system so no refunds.
- What are the requirements for registration?
Requirements for registration are usually stipulated in the admission letter.
- What if I lose my receipts before registration? Can I register?
You will be advised to produce evidence of payment
- Can I change my names after registration?
Change of names is not allowed after obtaining LDC admission letter. You can change your names after completion of the course.
- My name is misspelt on registration card. What do I do?
Present your admission letter and a Valid ID to the Assistant Academic Registrar in charge of registration for correction of the error.
- How do I obtain LDC ID?
You will be informed at the beginning of first term when ID processing begins.
- Does LDC provide student accommodation?
LDC does not provide student accommodation. All our courses are non-residential.
- Does LDC give students scholarships?
LDC does not provide students scholarships. All our courses are privately sponsored.
- What are the different fees at LDC?
The various fees for courses and related services are displayed on the LDC website. You can also access fees information in the LDC accounts office.
- Who is eligible to sit an examination?
To be eligible to sit examinations, a student should have cleared all tuition for the term, completed registration and should satisfy the attendance requirements for the term.
- Do students in all LDC campuses sit the same examinations?
Examinations are the same for the respective study programmes conducted at LDC campuses.
- Can I choose a preferred campus where I want to sit my examinations?
Examinations should be sat at a campus where a student was admitted.
- What if I am unable to sit an examination?
Where a student fails to sit an examination, he/she may write to the Academic Registrar explaining why he/she did not sit an examination. The Academic Registrar then forwards the request to the Board of Examiners for consideration.
- What if I need an extension within which to complete the course?
A student who does not complete the course within the required period may apply to the Board of Examiners for extension of time on grounds that he or she was prevented from completing the course on time due to any sufficient cause.
- How soon will my results be available?
At the end of the study period, every student is issued a memo indicating the anticipated date when final results will be published. For the term examinations, LDC endeavours to publish them before commencing the subsequent term.
- If I am not contented with my scores, what options do I have?
A student who is not satisfied with the score awarded in a particular subject may appeal within 14 days with effect from the day when results are published. The appeals are addressed to the Secretary of the Examination Appeals Committee.
- Who is eligible to sit a supplementary examination?
A student who fails the minimum number of subjects per term as stipulated in the rules for passing the course may be allowed to sit supplementary examinations upon payment of a prescribed fee.
- Where do I get detailed information concerning my course?
At the commencement of studies in the First Term, every student is given a copy of the rules for passing the course and he/she undertakes to abide by those rules. The rules spell all the requirements for passing particular courses offered at the Law Development Centre.
- How is the Bar Course CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average) calculated?
To compute the CGPA, the Total Points (TP) is divided by the number of assessments (Total point/ sum of assessments). Every group of subjects attracts GPA (Grade Point Average). The other way of computing CGPA is as follows: Sum of GPAs/total number of GPAs.
- How do I know the class of my Diploma?
For Diploma in Law and Diploma in Human Rights, a student obtains a First Class if he/she scores an overall average of 70% and above and should also have scored 70% and above in five subjects. To obtain a second class, a student should have scored an overall average of 60% and above and should also have scored 60% and above in five subjects. To obtain a Pass, a student should have scored an overall average from 50% to 59% and should also have scored 50% and above in five subjects.
- Where do I get detailed information about grading and classes of awards? Detailed information on grading can be found in the rule for passing particular courses offered at the Law Development Centre.
C: ACADEMIC DOCUMENTS
- Does LDC issue academic documents after the course?
After successful completion of the Bar Course, Diploma course or a one month plus certificate course, LDC issues a certificate and transcript.
- What is the difference between a testimonial and a transcript?
A testimonial is a statement of results or a statement indicating the study program, year of study and subjects studied. The Academic Transcript on the other hand is your official academic record. It is issued and signed by the Academic Registrar and bears the Law Development Centre seal.
- Under what circumstances is a testimonial offered?
A testimonial is for temporary use and for a specific duration as one awaits issuance of the official Academic Transcript.
- Do I have to pay for the academic documents?
Issuance of official academic documents is upon payment of prescribed examination fees.
- What are the requirements for certifying academic documents?
To certify academic documents, one must present original academic documents and photocopies to be certified, proof of payment of certification fees and valid identification.
- Where do I submit my academic documents to be certified?
Documents to be certified, proof of payment and identity card are submitted to the Administrative Assistant of the Office of the Academic Registrar (currently Room 2.1).
- How long does it take to certify academic documents?
It takes between 30 minutes to one hour.
- What do I do if my transcript or certificate is lost?
If you lose your LDC academic documents, notify the Police. The police will issue a statement which you will use to apply for replacement of lost documents upon payment to LDC accounts office a prescribed fee.
- Can other names rather than those that appear on secondary school and University academic documents be included on the transcript?
The names that appear on your Ordinary and Advanced level certificates and University academic documents are the ones that will appear on your LDC transcript. Ensure that your names are consistent and uniform.
- How do I know that I am eligible for graduation?
A list of candidates who have passed the course and are eligible for graduation is published on the notice board and on the LDC website as soon as results have been approved by the Management Committee.
- Do I have to apply for graduation?
You do not have to apply for graduation. However, if your name appears on the graduation list, you are required to clear with the various LDC departments.
- How do I access the Graduation clearance form?
The Clearance Form may be obtained from the Academic Registrar’s Office or from the Finance Department.
- Will I need to pay a graduation fee in order to graduate?
Attendance of the graduation ceremony is upon payment of a graduation fee and clearance of all tuition. Students who have fully cleared all fees will be given invitation cards to attend the graduation ceremony.
- How many people should accompany me to the graduation ceremony?
Each graduand is accompanied by two parents or guardians.
- What if I am unable to attend the graduation ceremony, will I be awarded a Diploma/certificate?
If you are unable to attend the graduation ceremony, you will be awarded a Diploma/certificate and your academic documents will be processed provided you do not have any pending financial obligations (including graduation fees) and have cleared with all departments.
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