Initially the Faculty concentrated on LLB degrees, training and equipping students, not merely as legal practitioners, but also as jurists. Graduates of the Faculty include judges, advocates, attorneys, business people, politicians and academics. In 1976 the LLM degree (by thesis) was awarded for the first time to two students. The Law Faculty introduced the Master of Laws programme (LLM by course work) in 1994. The LLM programme attracts students from far and wide. This includes students from Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania, Namibia and Nigeria.
The Law Clinic operates as a fully-fledged attorneys’ office, delivering free legal services to the indigent, whilst at the same time training final year law students and candidate attorneys in the practical application of the law.
Entering into, and abiding by, the required tripartite contract of service learning with a principal attorney and the Legal Practice Council. Duties include:
Providing support to other practitioners within the firm on all aspects of legal practice;
Assisting in the preparation of matters for trials or hearings;
Conducting research and preparing legal opinions;
Attending consultations with clients, witnesses and experts;
Attending at court, including pre-trial conferences and trial proceedings;
Liaising with counsel, experts, clients and opponents;
Attending to the day-to-day management of files under the supervision of other practitioners;
Drafting agreements, letters and other legal documents;
Providing assistance and support to students as well as any teaching offered by the Law Clinic;
Conducting other daily administrative and legal practices.
An LLB qualification;
Verbal and written fluency in English AND Afrikaans, orEnglish AND IsiXhosa;
Good legal writing skills;
The ability to work as part of a team and independently;
The ability and willingness to work outside office hours, including weekends as may be required from time to time;
The ability to maintain good interpersonal relationships;
The ability to work under pressure;
The ability to work on own initiative;
Sharing the values upon which the Law Clinic is founded;
The ability to function effectively in a multicultural environment
Relevant prior work experience;
Existing knowledge of and familiarity with the work of the Law Clinic.