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Wits Law Clinic

The University of the Witwatersrand Law Clinic has been in operation for over forty years. It started as a small advice office with the assistance of students who participated on a voluntary basis. In 1989 the course Practical Legal Studies became a compulsory course for all final year law students.

Wits Law Clinic Front Building with Tower of Light

Today, the Wits Law Clinic is one of the biggest law clinics of its kind in South Africa, and is renowned for its work. The Wits Law Clinic has on several occasions acted in precedent setting cases, a number of which have been reported in South African Law Reports


The Wits Law Clinic aspires to be a leading and proficient university law clinic, nationally, regionally and globally recognised for its excellence in teaching, professional service, research and its innovative collaborative partnerships


  • To maintain the benchmark status amongst domestic law clinics  whilst broadening our clinical footprint regionally and internationally.
  • To develop and provide an effective and progressive clinical  program for students, encapsulating the fundamental tenets of experiential learning.
  • To provide professional and quality legal service to the community, as a teaching methodology.
  • To promote, encourage and support published research by clinicians.