oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - The role of legal education in a changed South African society: an outsider's reflections

Volume 20, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



The role of legal education in a changed South African society is going to be both important and multifaceted. The ingenuity of legal educators (and that of the legal profession as a whole) will be required to devise the fundamental restructuring of administrative units that change will entail. The burden shall be to actively challenge the notion that legal education is, or should be, aimed at producing persons destined solely for legal practice. The consequent increase in the demand for a legal education will place a great strain on the resources available to legal educators. The traditional mode of providing a legal education, may need re-examination, with perhaps a greater emphasis on distance teaching of law. Even in relation to our role as trainers of students destined for legal practice, we shall need to devise new approaches to legal education that will result in the production of well-rounded educated persons. Whatever the outcome, the experience of Papua New Guinea suggests that the resultant law reforming activity needs to be sustained.

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