More lawyers needed in South Africa

There is a need for more law graduates specialising in media, environmental and mining law, says Communications Minister Faith Muthambi.

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“Advances in technology clearly indicate that there is a new career path for law graduates – they have new opportunities to specialise in areas in privacy, intellectual property and software.

South Africa needs the finest legal minds specialising in media, environmental and mining law as well as legal digital specialists,” she said.

Minister Muthambi, an attorney who obtained her BProc Degree from the University of Venda in 1996, was speaking at the launch of the Univen Law Alumni Association on Saturday night in Pretoria.

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The Minister told the former law students that law firms and practicing lawyers need to understand their place in the evolving technological market.

She said access to information and services as well as social and economic globalisation required a reconsideration of traditional ethical rules and regulation mechanisms for the legal profession.

“I’m calling on the professors in the law fraternity to encourage law students to specialise in Information Communication and Technology (ICT) and broadcasting.  We are running short of specialist in those fields,” she said.