Law School Celebrates Success of First Internship Programme
Interns, (fourth year Clinical Law students) and mentors (Candidate Attorneys in the Law Clinic) participated in the Law Clinic’s first Internship Programme which was devised in collaboration with Legal Aid South Africa. The internship programme had a social justice orientation and aimed at providing legal assistance to the indigent community. The School of Law recognised the effort and dedication displayed by the interns and mentors at a function hosted by the School of Law. The internship programme was devised in response to the LLB standards document compiled by the Council for Higher Education.
During the internship, Candidate Attorneys from the Clinic mentored LLB students over a two-week period, striving to develop the students’ legal skills and further inculcate values of social justice in the interns and mentors. The interns were involved in various legal matters the Clinic handles, court visits and conducting legal outreach workshops at the Luthuli museum at Groutville. The interns and mentors were also trained in interactive Street Law methods of presenting legal outreach workshops.
The Principal Attorney of the Clinic, Mr Eben van der Merwe, told the students: ‘We are very proud of your dedication to the programme which has gone above and beyond the call of duty, especially as the programme was implemented during the University July holidays. This programme is very innovative and will inform the Clinical Law curriculum’.
Candidate Attorneys and Interns were awarded certificates of appreciation by the School of Law’s Dean and Head, Professor Managay Reddi. Professor David Mcquoid-Mason from the Centre of Socio-Legal studies conducted the training of the interns and mentors for the legal outreach workshops.
Mentor Mr Philani Ngcobo said being part of the programme was a wonderful experience and a learning curve for all involved. ‘As much as we were the ones doing the teaching we also found ourselves learning a lot from the students because they have their own way of seeing things,’ said Ngcobo.
Intern Ms Verusha Govender described the internship ‘as a wonderful learning experience’.