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The Law Development Centre (LDC) is an educational institution in Uganda for higher learning that offers various legal courses ranging from one month to one year.

The LDC was established in 1970 by the Law Development Centre Act as a government-owned institution of higher learning responsible for “research, law reform, publications, and law reporting and community legal services”. LDC has a management committee that is responsible for policy formulation. Those policies are implemented by the director through various institutional departments. The first director of the LDC was Kutlu Fuad. He was succeeded in 1972 by Francis Muzingu Ssekandi, who was later elevated to the High Court in 1974 and in 1978 to Uganda’s first Court of Appeals, later renamed the Uganda Supreme Court. The current director is Frank Nigel Othembi.

Where is LDC?

The LDC is located on Makerere Hill along Gadafi Road, just outside the southern perimeter of the main campus of Makerere University. This is less than 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) south of the Faculty of Law at Makerere University and approximately 3.5 kilometres (2 mi), by road, north-west of Kampala’s central business district. The coordinates of the LDC campus are 0°19’28.0″N, 32°34’07.0″E (Latitude:0.324444; Longitude:32.568611).


In 2018, the government of Uganda approved plans to establish regional campuses of the LDC in the Eastern Ugandan town of Mbale, Western Region, Mbarara and Northern Region, Lira. The Mbarara campus was established and operationalized effective in the 2018/2019 financial year.

Prospective Students

Prospective Diploma

Considering LDC? Prospective freshmen and transfers can access complete information, register for virtual visit programs, and engage with us on our Admission website.

LDC has over 2,000 postgraduate and Diploma students in more than three campuses. Requirements for admission vary greatly among programs. Therefore, we encourage interested students to consult the AR department or program of interest to find out more about applying to specific Courses prior to visiting.

Admissions in the Office of the Registrar provides application information and materials for nearly all programs. See LDC Admissions or call +256-417-101-000.

Explore Campus

Self-Guided Tours and Virtual Experiences. Explore the LDC campuses in person and online with virtual experiences and self-guided tours.

Self-Guided Tour Map

Show Visitor Center, Self-guided tour route, points of interest with descriptions, and photo locations.

Virtual Campus Walk

Follow the pass for a virtual self-guided walking tour featuring photos and information about many sites of central campus.