No reason to panic over looming LLB programmes changes

More than a dozen South African universities will have to make changes to their LLB programmes following a national review by the Council on Higher Education.

The findings of a review which started in 2012 were released on Wednesday.

The Council on Higher Education has agreed because the qualification standard was developed long after LLB programmes had been in existence, it would not be used as the primary benchmark for programme re-accreditation, but instead, it would be used to develop the programmes.

North West University, Walter Sisulu University, University of South Africa and the University of the Free State have been found to have major issues with their Bachelor of Law programmes.

The council’s Olivia Mokgatle explains what this mean for current students.

This is the first time that we have a national review process that does not only use the accreditation criteria but uses one standard. We have a layer this time around, which is called the national benchmark standard for the LLB.

Olivia Mokgatle, Director: National Standards and Reviews at the Council on Higher Education

The reason why it is like this is because around 2012 the South African law deans had a discussion with the CHE because they had worries with the quality of their programmes.

Olivia Mokgatle, Director: National Standards and Reviews at the Council on Higher Education

The review has revealed areas that require attention, some serious, some not so serious... It is matters of the design of the programme, and those will require a little more time to fix.

Olivia Mokgatle, Director: National Standards and Reviews at the Council on Higher Education

In six months we will be getting progress reports on things that can be fixed....the accreditation is not withdrawn. So if the institution does not fix the issues that were raised then the review of the programme would lead to the withdrawal of accreditation, so no institution has lost its accreditation yet.

Olivia Mokgatle, Director: National Standards and Reviews at the Council on Higher Education

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