The Annual Conference on Law and Business

Legal Education Conference in South Africa

01-02 March 2018, Emperors’ Palace Convention Centre, Kempton Park

Legal Education Conference in South Africa, hosted by the Law Society of South Africa in association with Monash South Africa Law Department (MSA Law)

From a Disjointed to an Integrated Legal Profession: The Design of Appropriate Practical Vocational Training for Legal Practitioners

The legal profession is currently undergoing a profound change, largely in response to the transformational changes wrought by dispensation of the impending Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014 and globalization. Section 97(1) (a) (v) of the Legal Practice Act requires the National Forum to make recommendations to the Minister on “all the practical vocational training requirements that candidate attorneys and pupils must comply with before they can be admitted by the court as legal practitioners”.  

In this context – and  with the common understanding that those who are admitted to practise as attorneys and advocates in South Africa must (a) have the necessary skills to be able to provide an effective service to clients in the interests of those clients, the administration of justice, and the right of access to justice; and (b) be allowed to do so in a manner that must not inhibit access to the legal profession – this  legal education conference seeks to assist the process of crystallising the practical vocational training requirements for candidate attorneys and pupils, bearing in mind the main considerations set out above.

To explore these and related issues, the Law Society of South Africa, in collaboration with Monash South Africa Law Department (MSA Law), will host the conference on 1 and 2 March 2018 entitled From a Disjointed to an Integrated Legal Profession: The Design of Appropriate Practical vocational Training for Legal Practitioners at the Emperors Palace Convention Centre in Kempton Park, South AfricaWe are particularly interested in the perspectives and experience of legal practitioners and law academics - and a few sessions at the conference will be set aside for presentations by attorneys, advocates and legal academics.

The Keynote Speaker will be Professor David B. Wilkins, the Lester Kissel Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Center on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School.

The conference registration is free of charge. However, participants are expected to pay their own travel and related costs and a local travel agency is working with conference organisers on travel to and within South Africa.

Registration closes on 23 February 2018.

Registration is closed!