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Our Teaching Philosophy

 

CLS’s teaching within and beyond the Law Faculty is service-oriented, multi-disciplinary, clinical in orientation, and focused on law in context. For us, that context is South Africa and the African continent. Our teaching programme aims to develop a new generation of engaged socio-legal scholars and activists who are committed to working in this context.

Underpinning our approach to teaching is a commitment to transformative legal pedagogies and teaching that:

 

  • Is responsive to context and connected to practice;

  • Stimulates students and scholars to think innovatively about contemporary issues at the intersection of law and society;

  • Inspires mutually transformative learning encounters and teaching practices; and

  • Produces:

    • engaged practitioners and thought leader communities who understand the socio-legal nexus and challenges social injustices.

    • self-reflective law graduates primed for a career in social justice through the acquisition of critical perspectives, practical legal and social advocacy skills and an understanding of law in social context.

    • self-reflective social science graduates primed for a career in social justice through the acquisition of excellent social research and social advocacy skills and an understanding of legal processes.