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109 S. African L.J. 595 (1992)
The Law Teacher, the Law Student and Legal Education in South Africa

handle is hein.journals/soaf109 and id is 605 raw text is: THE LAW TEACHER,
Registrar (Academic) University of Zululand; formerly Professor of Law,
University of Zululand
Legal education can be approached from various angles. It can be
approached from that of curriculum design and curriculum content,
of the method of teaching, or of theoretical versus practical training.
In this presentation I shall attempt to touch upon some of these
aspects, with particular reference to disadvantaged students. By
disadvantaged students I suppose we mean black students who have
been the casualties of Bantu education or the education system
provided by the Department of Education and Training. When I
pondered upon this subject, I realized that I might be opening up a
can of worms. But the main purpose is to address some of the issues
so that our legal education can satisfy the needs of all our students, the
legal profession and society in general, in particular in a New South
The title of my address is 'The Law Teacher, the Law Student
and Legal Education in South Africa'. These three entities constitute
the three angles of a triangle. The law teacher is in particular the
key figure in this triangle. He is the apex of the triangle. He must
decide on the curriculum design and curriculum content, and he
must decide on the most effective method of transmitting legal
knowledge to the student. Consequently he is a link between the law
student and legal education.
In determining curriculum content there must be a basic premiss
from which a law teacher operates. There is no doubt that the law
teacher must know his or her subject and know how to transmit the
knowledge. The problem with us as law teachers, however, is that
we are not professionally trained to teach. We use a trial-and-error
method or use some method we saw being used by one of our
* Paper delivered at the Legal Education mini-conference of the Conference of the Society of
University Teachers of Law on 9 July 1991 at the University of Pretoria. Small portions have
been omitted. Professor Dlamini had been elected President of the Society the previous year, but
his appointment during the period of his office as Registrar (Academic) of his university resulted
in his ceasing to be President, for he was no longer a full-time teacher of law at a university, as
required by the Constitution of the Society. His address was in appreciation of the honour that
had been extended to him by his election as President.
t SC BProc LLM LLD (UZ) LLD (Pret).

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