Background of the UFS Law Clinic


The University of the Free State's Law Clinic falls under the Faculty of Law, Office of Dean. The UFS Law Clinic was established in the late 1980s on the initiative of staff members and senior Law students in the Faculty of Law.

Initially, it was conducted solely as an advice office, where senior Law students would advise economically impoverished members of the local community on various legal problems.

For a number of years, the UFS Law Clinic, in co-operation with the Legal Aid Board of South Africa, operated from the same offices as the Bloemfontein Justice Centre. In 2007, this co-operation was terminated and since 1 March 2007 the clinic is conducted independently as a faculty centre on the Bloemfontein Campus of the University of the Free State.

Return to the UFS main campus allowed the UFS Law Clinic to merge pro bono litigation with student training and the office is the facilitator and coordinator of the Annual Kovsie Moot Court Competition.

Teaching and Learning

  • Clinical Legal Education- LCLE4810 & LCLE4820:

    The purpose of this module is to offer students their first opportunity of working with real clients and being involved in actual litigation under the guidance of a legal practitioner of the UFS Law Clinic. The module aims to develop students’ communication (interviewing and consultation skills), problem solving and analytical skills. Students will be equipped with legal writing skills and the skills to draft a range of simple and selected advanced legal documents by applying legal theory and critical thinking skills to a set of facts. The module further aims to inculcate an understanding of the professional responsibilities of the legal practitioner in service to the community.

  • Community Service Learning – LCSL4810:

    The purpose of the module is to provide students with an opportunity to learn curriculum content through and from their service experiences in working with community members. The module enables law students to contextualise the concept of social justice in the real world and also requires that the student actively engage through reciprocity of learning with community members on the theory and practice of law in South Africa.

  • Moot Courts:

    The Law Clinic facilitates and coordinates the organisation and participation in moot courts for the Faculty of Law, in collaboration with Legal Behemoth. The moot courts include:

    • Kovsie Moot Court;
    • Willem C Vis Moot Court;
    • Nelson Mandela Moot Court; etc.

FACULTY CONTACT

T: +27 51 401 2451
F: + 27 51 401 3043

E: law@ufs.ac.za

Equitas Building
UFS Bloemfontein Campus

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