Monash South Africa uses law clinics to empower local SMEs, NGOs and students


Monash South Africa (MSA) will be hosting a series of law clinics over 12 weeks, kicked off on Tuesday, 12 March, 2019. These sessions will be hosted by MSA Law students.

The target audience for these law clinics are businesses and entrepreneurs within communities in the surrounding areas of the institution such as Zandspruit, Honeydew and Cosmo City. Through these sessions, MSA will be able to assist indigent communities around the higher education institution with practical advisory services relating to starting businesses and legal issues facing non-profit organisations operating within the area. Moreover, the law clinics will be able to assist entrepreneurs, business people, and social leaders with preparing important contracts for their businesses or non-profit organisations.

“The law clinic sessions are also an ideal way of providing an invaluable opportunity for a ‘hands-on’ approach relevant in the real world to Bachelor of Law (LLB) as well as Bachelor of Commerce in Law students. Law students are supported and mentored by a legal practitioner,” explains Professor Tshepo Mongalo, head of the MSA Law Department.

“The law clinics are free of charge and are informative sessions, especially for local businesses and entrepreneurs within communities in and around MSA. They will also allow the MSA Law students to apply their skills, knowledge and values acquired to practical scenarios and research required in a legal environment. This will play a vital part of emboldening their desire to uphold the values of the Constitution and to protect South Africa’s constitutional democracy, by playing an active role in society and legal governance thereof,” concludes Professor Mongalo.

The sessions will be held every Tuesday from 12 March until 11 June, from 16:00 to 17:00 at MSA’s campus, 1st floor, Building D, which is situated at 144 Peter Place in the Ruimsig.

About Monash South Africa:

The Monash South Africa campus in Johannesburg is dedicated to support South Africa and the continent to meet its diverse economic and educational needs by producing graduates that are internationally relevant.

The MSA curriculum is collaboratively designed by academic and industry experts. MSA provides customized articulation pathways that support life-long learning and develops graduates who are innovative problem solvers. MSA graduates are equipped with the knowledge, competencies and skills to lead change, shape the future, shape industry and shape the world.

MSA has two academic faculties: The Faculty of Business, Engineering and Technology, and The Faculty of Social and Health Sciences, as well as a one-year pathway Foundation Programme that articulates into MSA undergraduate degrees.


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