Uganda Study Abroad Program in International Human Rights & the Rule of Law

Being Planned for May 22-June 18, 2016

Regent Law is planning its Uganda Study Abroad Program for students who want to begin an informed relationship with the people and legal challenges of East Africa.  In Uganda, the fight against corruption and for the rule of law is vital, as are struggles for the human rights and legal empowerment of the Ugandan people.  Uganda provides a rich learning environment for students who are passionate about global justice and interested in East African legal issues.  The program provides students with an unparalleled opportunity to study international human rights and rule of law issues in the African context.  As part of class credit, students will visit legal institutions (i.e. courts and non-governmental organizations), meeting people within Uganda’s legal system.  International legal experiences include visits to places such as:  The International Crimes Division of the High Court of Uganda, an International Justice Mission Uganda Field Office, The Land Equity Movement of Uganda, The Law Reform Commission, Ugandan Court Session (specific court TBD), and also a visit with the Director of Public Prosecutions and The International Committee of the Red Cross Delegation in Kampala.  Guest lecturers and subject matter experts will provide insight and analysis regarding human rights issues and the East African legal system. 

The program will be based in Mukono, Uganda, located about 15 miles from the capital city of Kampala.  Students will live and study on the campus of Uganda Christian University (UCU) in Mukono and participate in several educational trips to the nearby capital city of Kampala. Students will also participate in a Safari at Murchison Falls National Park and have the option of participating in a white water rafting trip on the upper Nile.

The planned program is approved by the American Bar Association and offers fully-accredited courses. This program provides an unparalleled opportunity to study international human rights and rule of law issues in the African context.

Enrollment is limited to 14 students.  It is anticipated that at least 6 Regent law students and 2 non-Regent law students will participate in the program.

The registration deadline is February 20, 2016.  Applications received after February 20 will be considered according to accommodation availability.  Students may register online at:

Experiencing Uganda

Uganda, the “Pearl of Africa,” is a beautiful and fertile country with many rivers and lakes, several mountain ranges, jungles, forests, and a wide range of wildlife. It shares Lake Victoria, the source of the Nile and the second largest lake in the world, with Kenya and Tanzania. Behind the beauty is a country that has suffered much. Although Uganda has been relatively stable since 1986, it still struggles under problems such as poverty, unemployment, famine, land-grabbing, and even child sacrifice. Over half of Uganda’s population is under age 18, with nearly 2 million children orphaned because of either the northern conflict or the AIDS epidemic.

Admission Process

Admission to the program is on a rolling “first in time, first in right” basis.  Student applications must be completed online and accompanied by a $250 registration fee, which is due at the time of the application submission.  The $250 should be paid online at time of registration.  If students prefer to remit payment by check, checks may be mailed to:  Mary Bunch, Assistant to the Dean, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464-9800.  The registration fee is non-refundable except as otherwise noted.  Spots are not secure until students have submitted the online registration form, paid the registration fee and good standing has been confirmed.  Students will be notified of acceptance by the Program Director.  Students should not assume they have been accepted into the program before they have received official and formal notification of acceptance from the Program Director.

Enrollment Requirements

To enroll in the planned program, all students must have completed at least one year of full- or part-time law study at an ABA-approved law school or a law school described in Standard 505(b) prior to enrolling and be students in good standing.  Lawyers, students seeking degrees other than a J.D. degree, and students from foreign institutions are not permitted to enroll in the program.  All students must furnish a letter or other documentation from their dean or registrar certifying their current good standing.  For Regent students, good standing will be confirmed through the Registrar’s office.  Students from institutions other than Regent University School of Law must submit a letter from the dean or registrar at their respective institutions attesting to the student’s enrollment (including that one year of full- or part-time law study has been completed) and academic status (good standing).  The application for enrollment is not complete without the letter of good standing.  Letters may be mailed to: 

Summer Study Abroad Program
Regent University School of Law
1000 Regent University Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23464-9800

Or e-mailed to:

Students are encouraged to consult with their advisor prior to enrolling, but it is not required.

Past Enrollment

In 2013 (the only other year the program has been offered), 10 students participated in the program, with 6 students from Regent and 4 students from three other law schools.  The program was not offered in 2014 or 2015.