LLB Task Team: Five years the way to go

October 1st, 2013

By Barbara Whittle

Representatives of the university law deans, law teachers, advocates and attorneys attended the first meeting of the LLB Task Team in Johannesburg on 23 August 2013. Chaired by Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) council member, Krish Govender, the LLB Task Team was established at the LLB summit in May this year (see 2013 July DR 8).

At its first meeting the task team resolved –

  • to monitor LLB standard setting by the Council for Higher Education (CHE); a process that the LLB summit had indicated should be completed by the CHE by 30 June 2014;
  • to invite the judiciary to attend the task team meetings and endeavour to include the departments of Justice and Higher Education;
  • that the LSSA’s Legal Education and Development division (LEAD) would participate in the national conference of the Society of Law Teachers of Southern Africa in January 2014, to elaborate on the profession`s needs pertaining to the LLB; and that
  • the South African Law Deans Association and LEAD would arrange a workshop where law teachers would be guided in the integration of information technology-related law in legal subjects.

The LLB Task Team agreed that the summit had expressed substantial consensus on the extension of the LLB degree. The duration of the degree should be five years; however, the structure and content required further research and debate.

Compiled by Barbara Whittle, communication manager, Law Society of South Africa, barbara@lssa.org.za

This article was first published in De Rebus in 2013 (Oct) DR 20.