oa De Rebus - Lessons from legal training in Africa

Volume 1977, Issue 116
  • ISSN : 0250-0329



The author investigates the question whether South African universities particularly the universities for blacks, can learn anything from legal training elsewhere in Africa. He surveys the need for legally qualified Africans, localization, admission to the legal profession, practical training in lieu of articles of clerkship, crash programmes, indigenous law, the construction of a curriculum, teaching materials, the language requirements, law teaching and politics and law teachers. He surmises to what extent these matters are relevant for the development of legal training in independent homelands, such as Transkei. He comes to the conclusion that African phenomena are in many respects comparable to phenomena that are or may be encountered in independent homelands and that a great deal can be learnt from measures adopted in African states.

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