How does one become a member of ULS and how much is the annual subscription payment?
One becomes a member of the ULS by applying and submitting certified copies of the enrollment certificate, University Certificate and Bar course Certificate. In addition a new member is required to submit a passport size photo, recommendation/ Introduction letter from the employer and a copy of the approval of chamber for the current year.
Annual subscription for ULS is UGX 500,000 and UGX 20,000 for the ULS Identity Card (I.D)
Does ULS admit law students as members?
No, we admit strictly enrolled advocates of the High Court of Uganda.
Are newly enrolled advocates required to have CLE Points?
Newly enrolled advocates are exempted from undertaking CLE for the first twelve months from the date of their enrollment.
Why do advocates have to attend CLE seminars and how many points does one have to accumulate each year?
Why do young lawyers pay the same amount of money for subscription fees as the senior lawyers?
Why can’t ULS allow members make payments using mobile money especially upcountry members?
We have developed an online system where members can make their payments
What are the benefits of being a member of ULS and EALS?
Does ULS discipline its members reported?
Errant members are reported to the Law Council the regulator for disciplinary action.
Can ULS share the directory with the public or persons that request for it?
No, we do not share our directory because of our member’s confidentiality.
How do ULS Committee members get elected?
Committee members are appointed by the Executive Council, they are not elected.
If a member who has paid for a particular seminar fails to attend it, does he/she get a refund of the money paid?
If the member paid up informs the secretariat in time before the training not after and the in writing.
How can a member or an institution get accreditation for other conferences and seminars not conducted by ULS?
13. Under Regulation 9 of Advocates (CLE) Regulations, 2004 (S.I 78/2004) a member is required to apply for accreditation of a programme or workshop to the Committee on Continuing Legal Education (CLE) at least thirty days before the date of the programme or workshop, and shall be accompanied by the prescribed fee.
If one has been away or out of the country, what are the requirements for him/her to get back to active practice?
Does ULS admit lawyers who have studied outside Uganda?
Why can’t ULS get a medical insurance scheme for its members?
ULS has an insurance scheme for its members.
Why do we have most of the CLE trainings organized in Kampala?
We also conduct CLE trainings upcountry for our members free of charge when funds allow. If not, we offer a highly subsidized workshops for the members in the different regions.
Why can’t we rotate the AGM in upcountry towns for upcountry members to benefit from the rotations?
FAQs Pro bono
Do pro bono services cover every area of law?
No, not all areas are covered. Pro bono services cover the following broad professional areas:
- Administrative Law
- Business law in relation to non profit making organisations.
- Child care and protection
- Criminal law
- Debt claims
- Employment and industrial law
- Family and succession law
- Human rights
- Lpurpose.and rights
- Environment and health
- Any other area approved by the law council or a body delegated by the law council for that
Who qualifies for pro bono services?
For a person to qualify, they must go through an assessment conducted by the Pro bono scheme of the Uganda Law Society. This assessment is known as a means and merit test that is aimed at establishing if the person is indeed indigent by asking them questions about their income and assets. The test also allows the person to explain the nature of the legal problem in order for the scheme to determine if the case has merit.
Who is required to provide Pro bono services?
- An advocate of good standing is required to provide pro bono services free of charge to an indigent person each year.
- The above duty does not apply to advocates who have been suspended or have been placed on the inactive list for incapacity not related to discipline.
How does an advocate participate in the Pro bono scheme?
- By contacting the Uganda law society pro bono scheme offices for enrollment. Once enrolled the ULS will place your name into their database of pro bono advocates. An advocate is considered to have successfully done pro bono work when:
- He or she renders 40 hrs of pro bono work in a calendar year. These 40 hrs are computed by ULS to the handling two files in a calendar year.
- He or she participates in community sensitization drives or campaigns, duty counsel and public interest litigation.
Who is an indigent person?
An indigent person is one who cannot afford the services of a lawyer but actually in need of them.
What resources and support are available for pro bono advocates?
- Case management support to advocates participating in the program.ULS pro bono scheme may be contacted for any inquiries or assistance.
- Continuous specialised training programs in pro bono for advocates.
- Pro bono advocates are paid allowable disbursements and expenses such as court fees, airtime, document production, discovery costs, expert fees, transport and other related costs.