Clinical Legal Education I
A Course of Study
Brian Dennison, J.D., MBA, BA
Tutorial Assistant: Achieng Mirriam
Class Blog Address: http://ucucle.blogspot.com/
Syllabus: September 2010
Welcome to Clinical Legal Education I. This course is designed to provide you with practical skills
and “hands on” experiences concerning both the practice and business of law.
In his book Legal Practice in Uganda, Francis A. Wazarwahi Bwengye noted several deficiencies
with respect to the legal education offered at both Makerere University and the Law Development
Centre. Bwengye called for more training in the areas of client relations, client interviews,
negotiations, problem solving, and management. This course has been specially designed to
supplement your education in those areas.
This course is also about the practice of law as a Christian calling. We hope this class can
encourage you to see the practice of law as an opportunity to serve the Kingdom of God.
This class is a prerequisite to the Clinical Legal Education II. Clinical Legal Education II will focus
on the actual provision of clinical legal work and the improvement of legal writing and advocacy
skills. We hope that you will participate in clinical opportunities in this present class, but the actual
provision of clinical work will not be the primary emphasis of this course. This class is designed to
prepare you to be an active and effective clinical participant in the Clinical II class.
The course is made up of four sections.
The first section of the course is training session designed to equip you with the skills and
knowledge needed to perform certain clinical work. This section will be specially designed for the
clinical work you are expected to undertake.
The second section will focus on the development of negotiation and mediation skills. This section
will feature opportunities for experiential learning. You will produce journal entries concerning