North West University, the Walter Sisulu University, University of South Africa and the University of the Free State are at risk of losing their accreditation for the Bachelor of Law (LLB) qualification if the quality of their programmes does not improve.
This is according to the Council on Higher Education after a national review of the LLB qualification.
The Law Society of South Africa co-chairperson, Mvuyo Notyesi, says they are yet to meet with the Council on Higher Education to discuss the matter.
He says this decision is of great concern because it deviates from a number of agreements they had with the council back in 2012.
We all agreed that there should be a review of the LLB curriculum, because we saw a disjuncture between the training and the practice of the profession.— Mvuyo Notyesi, Law Society of SA co-chair
More than 80% of the students enter the profession as attorneys or advocates but when they come to the actual practice of law you can see that there is a huge disjuncture in terms of the quality of lawyers produced through universities.— Mvuyo Notyesi, law Society of SA co-chair
Notyesi says their concern is with the content of the LLB which is not in line with the current law practice.
He says through their talks, they were told that they will be consulted before an announcement is made, which was not the case.
The council is looking at narrow issues which are not helpful in our view.— Mvuyo Notyesi, law Society of SA co-chair
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