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18 April 2019 | Story Rulanzen Martin

The Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice IRSJ) has initiated a Social Justice Week at the University of the Free State (UFS), which started on Friday 12 April  until Wednesday 17 April 2019. 

Ten key events took place during the week. It ranged from dialogues, workshops, talk shows, debates, and interactive displays and events on issues of multilingualism and diversity, social innovation, engaged scholarship, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, gender sensitisation, sexual consent, sexual preparedness, universal access, disability, anti-discrimination, and security.

There was also a round-table discussion on 17 April 2019 with various UFS stakeholders on off-campus student security as well as an inter-institutional discussion on the same topic. The UFS Debating Society will take on the topic of the UFS Language Policy, while Olga Barends from the Free State Centre for Human Rights will host a dialogue on sexual consent.

The IRSJ has also designed and implemented SOJO-VATION: Social Innovation/ Social Change, which strives to create a foundational platform where ideas of social justice, innovation, and engaged scholarship at the UFS and in society can be hosted. SOJO-VATION partners with the Office for Student Leadership, Development, and Community Engagement.

The collaborating partners for the Social Justice Week includes various UFS stakeholders such as the Sasol library, the Gender and Sexual Equity Office, UFS Protection Services, the Free State Centre for Human Rights, the Student Representative Council (SRC), the Office for Student Leadership Development, Kovsie Innovation, GALA, the FFree State Centre for Human Rights, SRC Associations, the Office for Student Governance, Kovsie Innovate, Start-Up-Grind, EVC, EBL, Community Engagement, the Institutional Transformation Plan (ITP) Dialogues Office, Residence Dialogues, UFS Debating Society, Debate Afrika!, the Center for Universal Access and Disability Support (CUADS), and the Gateway Office. 

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Law students get advice from leading law firms in SA
2012-05-02

 

Law students were equiped with knowledge on the legal practice by representatives of 13 firms that exhibited at the Faculty of Law’s Career Fair. 
Photo: Stephen Collett
2 May 2012

Large South African law firms such as Bowman Gilfillan, Adams & Adams, Naude’s and Symington & De Kock exhibited at this year’s Career Fair of the Faculty of Law. During the event, students and exhibitors were addressed by Prof. Jonathan Jansen, Vice-Chancellor and Rector. “Lift your ambition, study hard and aim high,” he told the students.

“Factors such as political loyalty and race should not matter to you as students, but rather passion and dedication for the field in which you will work. As students you should have a different work ethic. Work differently and work harder,” Prof. Jansen said.

Prof. Johan Henning, the Dean of the Faculty of Law said the higher admission requirements and mathematics as a compulsory subject means the calibre of law students at the university cannot easily be equalled. “We develop the best of the best here at the UFS,” he said.

Representatives of the law firms were impressed with the calibre of students at the Career Fair.
 

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