What we do

Since 2005, UCLF has supported indigent persons to access justice in the districts of Kampala, Gulu, Wakiso, Mukono, Masaka, Kasese, Moyo, Gulu, Kayunga and Buikwe districts through four main programmes; Criminal Public Defence Programme, Civil Legal Aid Programme, Legal education and Paralegal Services Programme.

Since 2005 when UCLF was registered as a Non-Governmental organization over 240,000 persons have benefited from UCLF’s numerous legal aid interventions.

UCLF continues to use a rights based approach in order to address the underlying causes of injustices, including patriarchy, poverty and social exclusion. We also support the Government of Uganda as the primary duty bearer to uphold its responsibility to protect and promote human rights and access to justice through establishing and reinforcing sustainable and effective legal and structural mechanisms.

UCLF invests in students and young lawyers with the overall objective of contributing to their spiritual and professional growth. We offer  mentorship services and provide resources, forums for them to achieve academic excellence whilst developing essential characteristics of Christian faith, integrity and excellence.

We desire to see Christian lawyers who are prepared to stand firm on Godly principles as they enter the profession; lawyers who will not compromise and who are passionate about justice as God sees it.

UCLF has links with the Law students Christian fellowships at Makerere University, Uganda Christian University, Kampala International University, Nkumba University, Cavendish University, Uganda Pentecostal University, Gulu University, Busoga University, Bishop Stuart University, Law Development Center and Islamic University in Uganda as an associate University.

In the new Strategic Plan 2018- 2022, UCLF will be venturing into transitional Justice in response  to the increasing number of refugees from Southern Sudan, Congo, Rwanda and Burundi. We shall apply the full range of processes and mechanisms associated with a society’s attempts to come to terms with a legacy of large-scale past abuses in order to ensure accountability, serve justice and achieve reconciliation.

UCLF has embarked on environmental justice in the new strategic plan and will seek to promote and  protect through the environmental  laws  human health, manage natural resources and sustain the biosphere. This will be frequently  done, among other ways, through laws that set standards for environmental planning, wildlife, plant resources, mineral resources, land use management and other activities that can affect the air, water and soil.

In the next five years of the new Strategic plan 2018-2022 UCLF will focus on constructive and evidence-based engagement to unlock real bottlenecks to effective and sustainable development. UCLF will facilitate a mindset change and ‘ethical conversion’ of Ugandans to be able to address the social ills now facing the country and impeding social and economic development.

UCLF will engage in advocacy for, transitional justice, legal reforms, peaceful coexistence, democratic governance, sustainable human development and climate change adaptation.

Fellowship is the core of UCLF. Through the lawyers and students forums such as fellowship meetings, dinners, UCLF has an opportunity to envision and disciple a whole generation of lawyers; challenging them to use their skills for the sake of the kingdom of God.

Lawyers in Uganda are faced with many ethical choices; bribery and corruption are common place and the dominant philosophy in the legal profession is concerned with making as much money as quickly as possible. Through this work, UCLF is able to challenge some of these prevailing attitudes in Uganda’s culture.

Counselling Services seek to improve wellbeing of  UCLF staff/members, clients so as to empower them to manage difficult times both at work and in their personal lives.

We offer referral and rehabilitation services to those affected by injustices especially women victim who are in moral danger within the family or society