This book analyses the liberalization of legal education and training in Uganda with a view to exploring avenues for the development of a legal education policy that addresses various problems with regard to the quality of law graduates and of legal services in the market place currently available given the large number of law graduates entering the professional field each year.
The legal systems in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to a large extent follow the Common Law theories and practices of English Law. The three countries also share a history in the establishment of law schools and they face similar problems and challenges with regard to the effect of liberalization on the quality of law graduates produced today. This book therefore provides comparative lessons for the systems of legal education in the other East African countries. This is especially important as the three countries (together with Burundi and Rwanda which share a Civil Law background) move closer together with the ultimate goal of political federation.
Pamela Tibihikirra-Kalyegira was born in Kampala, Uganda. She received a Bachelor of Laws from Makerere University in 1995 and a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre, Kampala, Uganda in 1996. During 1997 she served internships with The United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland at the Centre for Human Rights and the Division of International Protection of the High Commissioner for Refugees. She earned a Master of Laws in Public International Law from the London School of Economics in 1998 and was enrolled as an advocate of the High Court of Uganda in 1999. She practiced commercial law in Uganda and worked in the field of public international law with various organizations in West Africa and South Africa.
Pamela embarked on an academic career after the birth of her first two sons. She taught at Uganda Christian University for three years before she received a Fulbright scholarship to undertake doctoral study at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana, U.S.A.
Pamela has been serving as Dean, Faculty of Law, Uganda Christian University since September 2009. She was appointed a Member of the Law Development Centre Management Committee by the Attorney General / Minister of Justice & Constitutional Affairs in April 2010. Her current research interests are centered on legal education reform in East Africa, the subject of her doctoral thesis.