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Job Title:     Senior Legal Officer
Organisation: Law Development Centre (LDC)
Duty Station: Mbarara, Uganda
Reports to: Assistant Director

About US:
The Law Development Centre (LDC) has a mandate to provide legal education to lawyers and non-lawyers, undertake research in topical legal issues, contribute to legal reform, produce legal publications, teaching materials, law reports and also provide community legal services.

Job Summary: The Senior Legal Officer will coordinate all Bar Course programs and Legal Aid services at the regional centre.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • To coordinate the implementation of teaching timetables and allocating subjects to lecturers at the study centre.
  • To participate in the development, review and update of the curricula.
  • To plan and coordinate teaching during the week to the assigned lecturers and ensuring that the subjects of the week are taught.
  • To prepare and submit weekly performance reports for Lecturers to the Head, Postgraduate Legal Studies and Legal Aid.
  • To coordinate clerkship program at the regional centre.
  • To supervise and assess the performance of staff under his/her supervision.
  • To interview and counsel clients.
  • To prepare legal documents.
  • To attend to walk-in clients.
  • To represent clients in court.
  • To develop training tools for stakeholders.
  • To train and sensitize stakeholders of legal aid.
  • To facilitate Continuing Legal Education and Street law programs.
  • To provide legal advice to the regional centre management and handle court cases involving the regional centre.
  • To supervise and report on the performance of LAC field staff and volunteers within the region.
  • To perform any other duties assigned by the Assistant Director and Head, Postgraduate Legal Studies and Legal Aid.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The applicant for the Senior Legal Officer job must hold a Bachelor of Law- (Hon) degree from a recognized University.
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Law Development Centre.
  • Master of Law – (LL.M) will be an added advantage.
  • Must be an enrolled Advocate of the High Court of Uganda.
  • A minimum of four (4) years’ work experience in teaching law or legal practice or legal aid service provision in a reputable law firm or organization providing legal aid services or institution of higher learning, two (2) of which must have been at the level of a Legal Officer or Lecturer or its equivalent.
  • Excellent supervisory, interpersonal relationship and management skills.
  • Knowledge of coordinating academic programmes and legal aid services.
  • He/she should be a person of high integrity.
  • Ability to produce quality results.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Good team player
  • Good report writing skills.

How to Apply:
All candidates should send their applications addressed to The Secretary, Law Development Center, P.O. Box 7117 Kampala either via post or hand delivery to the Law Development Centre Reception. The applicants should attach up-to-date Curriculum Vitae, Certified copies of academic and other relevant documents and indicate names and contacts of two referees.

Deadline: 25th May 2018 by 5.00pm.

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