About Us

The Law Clinic forms part of the Faculty of Law of the North West University, Potchefstroom Campus. The Law Clinic is involved in a number of projects concerning free legal services, community outreach, and capacity building programmes, as well as advisory services. The Law Clinic operates in the provinces of North-West and Mpumalanga where these activities take place.

The Law Clinic was officially opened on 05 August 1981 and is a Centre of the Faculty of Law of the North- West University, Potchefstroom Campus.  The Law Clinic is involved in several projects which include training, provision of free legal services, community outreach, capacity building programmes and advisory services.  The Law Clinic operates in the provinces of North West and Mpumalanga where these activities take place.

The above activities are aimed at:

Training
Practical legal training within the LLB programme of the NWU. Short courses for lawyers and paralegals. Training to members of the communities in the areas where the Law Clinic operates.

Legal Aid Services
The Law Clinic provides free legal services to poor and vulnerable people in the aforementioned provinces.

Capacity building
These programmes assist paralegals and members of the community to, inter alia, develop legal skills and capacity to enable them to practice these skills in the communities in which they work.

Advisory Services
The Law Clinic further provides advisory services to members of the community to promote a "rights -based" society, and to, instead of taking the law into their own hands, use the law to enforce their rights

Within these activities, the Law Clinic cooperates with various organisations such as Legal Aid South Africa, government departments, provincial paralegal organisations, and other NGOs and CBOs to be successful and achieve its objectives.

In addition, the Law Clinic receives funding from international and national donors, as referred to herein, to be able to be involved in these activities. Without such funding, this would have been impossible.

The Law Clinic, through its activities, wishes to improve the quality of life of people in the North-West and Mpumalanga Provinces.

 

Chrisna Landsberg
Director: Law Clinic

Contact Us

Physical address:

1st floor RCSA Administrative Building
C/o Thabo Mbeki Ave and Meyer Street
Potchefstroom
2531

Postal address:

Interne bussie 547
Potchefstroomkampus
Noordwes-Universiteit
Posbus 20810
Noordbrug
Potchefstroom
2522

Contact details:

Tel: +27 (0)18 297 5341/5983

Fax: +27 (0)18 297 1395

E-mail address: Regskliniek-Potch@nwu.ac.za

Ms Lizelle du Pisani: Lizelle.duPisani@nwu.ac.za

 

Sponsors

The Law Clinic of the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus wishes to acknowledge the contributions from the following donors, without whom the activities of the Law Clinic would not be possible:

The Attorneys Fidelity Fund

Legal Aid South Africa

The Atlantic Philanthropies

The Open Society Foundation for South Africa

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Law Society of South Africa – Legal Education and Development

The Association of University Legal Aid Institutions Trust

 

Practical Skills Development

The Law Clinic offers a variety of Short Learning Programmes aimed at developing practical skills needed in the legal profession. All these courses have been approved by the NWU Institutional Committee on Academic Standards.  The courses are offered to legal practitioners, candidate legal practitioners, social or welfare workers, paralegals, and students. We prefer to schedule in-house training on dates that suit your company.

 

Programmes offered:

Introductory Short Learning Programme for Paralegals (Phase 1)

Advanced Short Learning Programme for Paralegals (Phase 2)

Short Learning Programme on the Consumer Protection Act for Paralegals

Short Learning Programme on the Law of Contract for Paralegals

Short Learning Programme on the Children’s Act for Paralegals

Short Learning Programme on Alternative Dispute Resolution for Paralegals

Short Learning Programme on Basic Legal Training for Administrative Staff

Short Learning Programme on Mediation Skills for Paralegals

Short Learning Programme on Labour Law for Attorneys

Short Learning Programme on the Consumer Protection Act for Attorney

 

Enquiries:

Registration forms available on request.

Tel: +27 (0)18 297 5341/5983

Fax: +27 (0) 18 297 1395

Ms Lizelle du Pisani: Lizelle.duPisani@nwu.ac.za

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