FACULTY OF LAW
The Law Clinic is a Centre of the Faculty of Law of the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus. The Law Clinic is involved in a number of projects which concern training, free legal aid services, community outreach and capacity building programmes as well as advisory services. The Law Clinic operates in the Provinces of the North West and Mpumalanga where these activities take place.
The abovementioned activities are directed towards:
The practical legal training within the LLB Programme of the NWU. Short courses involving legal practitioners and paralegals. Training to members of the communities within the areas where the Law Clinic operates.
• Legal aid services
The Law Clinic renders free legal aid services to poor and indigent people in the provinces aforementioned.
• Capacity building programmes
These programmes are towards, inter alia, paralegals and members of the community to develop legal skills, capacity and to practice such skills in the communities where they operate.
• Advisory services
The Law Clinic furthermore renders advisory services to community members as such to enhance a “rights based” community and to, instead of taking the law in their own hands, use the law to enforce their rights.
Within these activities the Law Clinic co-operates with a number of organizations such as Legal Aid South-Africa, Government Departments, Provincial Paralegal Organizations, different NGO’s and CBO’s to be successful and fulfill its purpose.
Furthermore, the Law Clinic receives funding from international and national donors, as described herein, to enable it to be involved in these activities. Without these funding this would have not been possible.
Through its activities the Law Clinic wishes to improve the quality of life of the people in the Provinces of the North-West and Mpumalanga.
(Director: Law Clinic)