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Title:Access to legal education and the legal profession in Zimbabwe
Author:Austin, R.
Periodical:The Zimbabwe Law Review
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
Subjects:legal practitioners
legal education
Abstract:Under Rhodesian settler rule, access to legal education and the legal profession was almost totally denied to blacks. Following independence, the newly elected government of Zimbabwe, in need of qualified and politically reliable lawyers, opened the profession to Zimbabweans who had qualified abroad and had neither practical experience, nor academic training, in Zimbabwe (Legal Practitioners Act of 1981). This special access to the profession was, however, an interim arrangement which expired at the end of 1985. The author outlines subsequent developments, in particular the controversy generated by the issue of open versus more restrictive access to the profession, the report of the committee set up in June 1985, under the chairmanship of Mr. Justice McNally, to enquire into the qualifications for registration as a legal practitioner, and the government's decision on the matter, which came only in 1988. The second part of the article describes access to legal education from preindependence to the present, the need for part-time and extramural legal education, and the curriculum of the Faculty of Law at the University of Zimbabwe. Notes, ref.