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Title:Restructuring the legal profession and access to justice: the duty of law graduates and lawyers to provide legal services
Author:Sarkin, JeremyISNI
Periodical:South African Journal on Human Rights
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:legal aid
Abstract:With the unfolding process of change in South Africa, the right to legal representation will be accorded increasing recognition. Yet the shortage of legal practitioners and the lack of financial and other resources are bound to affect the exercise of this right adversely. One of the major contributing factors to the lack of legal practitioners consists of the many barriers which prevent aspirant lawyers from entering the profession. In particular the system of articles has had this effect, especially for black law graduates. This article examines a number of options for a structured legal services programme: compulsory participation of law graduates in some form of community legal service, the right of appearance in court for law students, and the employment of more paralegals. It discusses the logistic problems of a legal services programme and the role of the legal profession in the provision of a comprehensive, adequate and widespread scheme. Notes, ref.