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Letters from Uganda: Monica Athieno

Ed. Note: In 2010 Ms. JD launched the Global Education Fund to enable women in developing countries to pursue legal educations who otherwise would not have access to further education.  Ms. JD International Scholars are being supported by the GEF's grants to Makerere University in Uganda.  Each year, the Ms. JD Global Education Fund has made it possible for two more young Ugandan women to pursue their dreams of becoming lawyers by attending the law program at Makerere UniversityContribute to the GEF by clicking here.

Monica is a 2010  Ms. JD International Scholar in her 4th year at Makerere University in Uganda thanks to the Global Education Fund. A message from Monica: 

Dear Ms JD,

It is yet another privilege to write to you and it’s with utmost pleasure and gratitude. I appreciate everything that you have done to bring me this far. I do not take any day for granted.

Last semester was quite a success despite a few challenges here and there that were quite well handled too. I barely had a holiday because I had to do internship as required of the curriculum and I did it at The High Court of Uganda, Family Division. It was an exciting experience which included a direct involvement of the practical application of the Law, social interactions with various people. It was a beyond class experience. I was able to successfully go through the eight weeks of internship and finally come up with a report which is an account of my experience in the eight weeks.

First semester of year four has started and it's good to finally be back and share the different experience with colleagues etc. for this semester; below are the contents of the subjects am taking on this semester.

Civil procedure: Covers the civil procedure code and rules, jurisdiction, institutions of suits joinder of parties and causes, services, pleadings appearance, interrogatories, discovery and inspection admissions.

International Trade and Business: Theory of trade, legal frame work for trade, organization and trade transaction, documentary sale, commercial terms etc.

Health and the Law I: Contains introduction of health law and policy, health as a constitutional and legal right, regulation of health rights care provision and Administrative Law remedies etc.

Labour Law I: Encompases the theoretical and historical foundations of labour law; trade unions and trade union law in the private and public sectors; the employment contract, etc.

Business Associations II: Is basically a continuation of Business Associations I and covers promoters, directors and other officers, appointment and powers of duties of officers and their liabilities.

On the other hand, last semesters results are not yet out but we are hopping they’ll be released in a short while.

Thank you,
Monica Athieno

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