Although I do not have the statistical evidence that the Law Society of South Africa claims to have, anecdotal evidence suggests that this statement is unfounded. Some of the top graduates last year were 4 year LLB students. This statement offends those who have successfully gone through this programme, as well as the lecturers who have taught them. By stating that 70% of this group are incompetent, the article implicitly suggests that the UCT law faculty, and necessarily all those associated with it, is allowing substandard students to graduate.
While I agree that there are inherent flaws with the 4 year LLB and that it should be reconsidered, I sincerely doubt the accuracy of these statistics. There are certainly students who arrive at the start of their LLB who lack basic numeracy and literacy skills, but by the time they leave they are definitely proficient in these areas. I would like the Law Society to explain how it arrived at a figure of 70%.
I must apologize for this short post. It appears that I am having difficulty with this simple task.