Law Clinic




​​L​​​aw Clinic​


 Soweto law clinic building
THE UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG (“THE UJ”) LAW CLINIC 1981 – 2015

The Law Clinic consists of three individual clinics, each headed by a Principal Attorney under the auspices of the director, Mr Eddie Hanekom.


CELEBRATING MORE THAN 30 YEARS

The Law Clinic celebrated its 30th year of existence in 2011. We are proud of the tradition of serving the poor and indigent community through the provision of free legal services.

All our achievements over the years can only be ascribed to the dedication, and persistence of the law clinic attorneys and past directors, who had to overcome many obstacles to create an awareness of the value of clinical legal education at institutional level. We strive to continue increasing the momentum of the Law Clinic to add even more value to LLB students’ training and learning experience at the Faculty of Law.    
 

 ​HISTORY

The Law Clinic at the UJ formally opened its doors to the public in February 1981 with 18 students. The Dean of the Faculty of Law, Professor Patrick O’ Brien, was one of those very first students who rendered free legal service to the community. The main aims of the Law Clinic developed with time and experience gained and eventually, in conjunction with the rendering of free legal services, the training of law students in a clinical environment dealing with live clients became one of its main points of focus. Over the years the Law Clinic also ventured into areas such as Hillbrow.

In the past many community projects such as advice to senior citizens at old age homes, to name but one, had been run successfully and the National Diploma in Law (Paralegal Studies) – (NDL) had been successfully developed and supervised by the Law Clinic. The core business of the Law Clinic is now two-fold, namely clinical legal education of final year LLB students and providing legal services to those who cannot otherwise afford legal representation and advice.
 
The structure of the Law Clinic currently consists of three separate clinics, each aiming to serve a specific community with specific needs in terms of the type of access to justice required.
 
Final year LLB students attend to clients and cases under the supervision of 5 attorneys.
 
The number of students attending the Law Clinic is on the rise with 165 students in 2007 to more than 250 in 2015.​

PAST DIRECTORS

The Law Clinic is nationally recognised as one of the leaders in its field and this is mainly due to the endurance, research and studies, canvassing, leadership, vision and hard work of the previous directors of the Clinic.

1981 – 1982  Prof S W J van der Merwe
1983 – 1985  Mr Gert Joubert
1986 – 1991  Mr Pierre de Kock
1991 – 2007  Adv Elsabé Steenhuisen
2007 – current  Mr E J Hanekom​
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