Uganda Study Abroad Program


The program is oriented to American Law students. Classes will be conducted in English. All students will be enrolled for four credit hours focusing on international and East African law. Each course is taught from a Christian perspective and will incorporate biblical principles. To enroll in the program, students must be in good standing and have completed one year of full or part-time law study at an ABA-approved law school or a law school described in Standard 506(a)(1) prior to enrolling. Students from institutions other than Regent University School of Law must be in good standing and must submit a letter from an appropriate official at their respective institutions attesting to the students’ enrollment and academic status.  An official Regent University School of Law transcript is sent to the law school of enrollment.

Course Descriptions

Attendance Policy and Grading Methods

The Uganda Christian University Library will be available for students to use to study and research. However, all materials for the courses are expected to be self-contained. Students may need the library to access some of the readings required for the East African Legal Environment course. Students will have priority for those materials, and they will be readily available.

Students are required to complete written examinations at the conclusion of the courses and will be expected to be prepared and participate in class on a daily basis.  Class attendance will be mandatory for all classes and official visits to legal institutions and associated briefings/lectures.  In accordance with law school policy, if students accumulate unexcused absences in excess of 20% of the required class time, they will receive a Withdrawn/Failing grade for the class. 

Acceptance of any credit or grade for any course taken in the program, including externships and other clinical offerings, is subject to determination by the student’s home school.

The East African Legal Environment: A Comparative Introduction (3 credit hours):
This is a class where theory meets practice and calling meets challenges.  Students will engage a robust range of content ranging from the sources of law in East Africa to the special challenges prevalent in the East African justice system.  The class will feature guest speakers from East Africa who will speak on topics ranging from customary law to human trafficking.  At the core of the class is an appreciation of the potential Christian justice principles to have a transformative impact on the East African legal environment. (Prof. Dennison)

Introduction to Human Rights in Africa (1 credit hour):
This course will address the foundations for and the institutional protections of international human rights with an emphasis on the regional system of human rights protection in East Africa. The course will address the origins and philosophical basis for the modern international human rights movement; some of the fundamental principles of modern international human rights law and mechanisms for the enforcement of human rights in East Africa; and a Christian perspective on international human rights law. (Prof. Ching)