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About Us

About PILAC

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 seeks to promote hands-on experiential learning as well as exposing students to 'live' cases of individuals who have been confronted by the law in its varied manifestations.

PILAC has established a Clinical Legal Education (CLE) programme which is hands-on learning programme intended to equip law students with public interest lawyering skills. The Public Interest Law Clinic seeks to promote a culture of social justice lawyering in Uganda by developing a consciousness amongst law students of the important role public interest lawyering plays in protecting the rights of ordinary Ugandans.

To this end, the clinic trains students in strategic use of the law, including the use of national and regional mechanisms, to protect human rights, the public interest and promote social justice,while at the same time providing law students with the requisite legal skills, training and practical experience to become effective legal professionals. The CLE programme aims to train law students to fulfill their civic duties to the public on a long-term basis and contribute to cultivating a new generation of advocates fully equipped and committed to promoting the public interest and social justice as part of their civic duties

  • VISION

    A Legal profession alive to the social justice needs of the vulnerable

  • MISSION

    To promote social justice through legal education, research, legal aid, public interest litigation and building strategic partnerships.

  • Values

    Equitable access to justice, Non-discrimination, Transparency, Accountability, Community Empowerment

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