The Public Interest Law Clinic (PILAC) was established at the School of law, Makerere University in January 2012, becoming the first Clinic established at a University in Uganda.
PILAC will this December 2022 celebrate its 10th anniversary. Through the years, PILAC has been instrumental in transforming the teaching of legal education and legal practice through its experiential learning and strategic litigation strategies embedded in the various units namely: Clinical Legal Education (CLE) programme, Legal Aid Unit (LAU), Network of Public Interest Lawyers (NETPIL) and the East African Network of University Law Clinics (EANULAC).
PILAC’s interventions have reached nearly 600 students, over 1000 indigent clients and over 200 legal practitioners. These interventions have included: reviving teaching of clinical legal education (CLE); Community outreach and mobile legal aid programme (CLAPMOC); provision of legal aid services; research and advocacy in access to justice and social economic rights issues; training of students and legal practitioners on public interest litigation; instituting public interest litigation cases; holding public lectures and conferences among others.