Legal ethics education in South Africa: possibilities, challenges and opportunities

Robertson, Michael and Kruuse, Helen (2016) Legal ethics education in South Africa: possibilities, challenges and opportunities. South African Journal on Human Rights, 32 (2). pp. 344-374. ISSN 0258-7203


The South African legal profession has been subject to harsh criticism in the last few years, leading to what some have called ‘an ethical crisis.’ Although this perception may or may not be warranted, there have been numerous calls for improved ethical legal practices by South African lawyers. This article seeks to contribute to a discussion about the importance of implementing legal ethics
education in South African law schools. The authors (a) explore the meaning of ‘ethical legal practice’ by reference to the international literature; (b) examine the way in which legal ethics has so far been presented in the limited South African literature on the topic;
(c) argue the need for a more thorough and critical literature on South African lawyers’ ethics, coupled with a commitment to developing a stronger legal ethics culture within the profession and the legal academia; and (d) suggest a possible approach for South African legal ethics education in the future, with reference to recent developments in other countries.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Law and Justice
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2017 04:49
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2017 01:15
Uncontrolled Keywords: South Africa; law schools; legal ethics education
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180121 Legal Practice, Lawyering and the Legal Profession
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/02587203.2016.1210934

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