The University of Pretoria Law Clinic forms part of the Faculty of Law and engages in Clinical Legal Education (CLE) for final year law students. At the Law Clinic, students have the opportunity to explore the practical application of theoretical study by providing legal aid services to the indigent, thereby increasing access to justice.
“A person who learns how to learn from their experience is building, shaping, changing and modifying their advocacy with each experience.” WP Quigley
Practical Law (PRR) 400 is an elective module where you will be divided into 'firms' consisting of eight firm members. Your daily tasks will include consultations with live-clients, taking instructions, drafting correspondence, pleadings and notices and mediating amicable solutions. These tasks are performed under the direct supervision of practicing attorneys, Frik Grobler & Samantha Getsos, employed to guide your learning & development.
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin
At the Law Clinic, the #Classof2022 will have the opportunity to consult on simulated and live-clients cases via Blackboard Collaborate. Student firms will be responsible for:
1. Completion of the Law Clinic application form; means test and indemnity form;
2. Drafting of consultation notes;
3. Drafting an opinion on whether the client’s application for legal aid should be approved or rejected;
4. Drafting the appropriate correspondence to client, i.e. either a letter of engagement or a letter of non-engagement including an explanation of the next steps re litigation.
Students submit above drafting for feedback to their supervising attorney via electronic mail. Further consolidation is hosted online - via Blackboard Collaborate - on a weekly basis to discuss live-client cases; the online lecture material; assignments; firm of the year exercises and any other topic at the student's request.
This is your year of practice, #Classof2022. Are you ready to STEP UP into the profession?