oa De Rebus - The role of candidate attorneys in the legal profession : opinion

Volume 2014, Issue 543
  • ISSN : 0250-0329



The purpose of this article is to acknowledge the launch, in October last year, of a forum for candidate attorneys, 'The Candidates' (the forum). The formation of this forum is a positive step towards the sustainability and growth of the attorneys' profession. This forum is competent to engage in the debate regarding the quality of the LLB degree. However, the forum should be structured in such a way that it does not become elitist, but is an inclusive body with adequate representation of candidate attorneys from public interest law firms, small and medium private law firms and commercial law firms. I specifically wish to address comments made by the guest speaker at the launch of the forum (2013 (Nov) 12). I will be arguing that those comments may perpetuate the stereotype that certain law firms employ candidate attorneys to advance their administrative duties without real effort to provide them with hands-on practical legal training to become well-rounded legal practitioners.

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