Public Interest Law Clinic, Makerere University (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 a 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 a hands-on learning programme, intended to equip law students with public interest lawyering skills.

Project title:  Using Legal Education to promote public interest lawyering and improve on access to justice

Brief description: The project engages law students in activities such as community outreach, prison visits, legal aid services and internship and also strategic public interest litigation as tools to identify problems that impede access to justice.

Geographical coverage: Kampala, Mubende, Lwengo and Wakiso districts.