n South African Law Journal - Understanding Jurisprudence, Denise Meyerson : book review

Volume 124, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0258-2503
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2177



The arrival on our shelves of a lucid, thoughtful introduction to jurisprudence provides an important opportunity for some reflection on the teaching of the subject in South African universities. As a teacher of Jurisprudence, I am privy to a number of related objections often expressed by students concerning the subject: some charge that the subject has no practical benefit for those who wish to be practitioners, the vast majority of the students we teach. Secondly, others contend it is too abstract and conceptual and removed from day-to-day policy issues and concerns of the law. Finally, there are those who moan that it is too difficult. With the constraints of the four-year LLB, should we listen to these voices and discard jurisprudence as a compulsory LLB subject? If we decide to retain it, how should it be taught?

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