The Law Society of SA’s decision to void a set of attorneys’ admission examinations, which will force thousands of candidates to re-write, has turned into a public relations nightmare. One of its member bodies, the Black Lawyers Association of SA, has slated its decision to call for the nationwide re-writing of the four compulsory exams after Paper 3, which was written on August 15, had been found to be leaked. The Law Society sets four exams, which all candidate attorneys in the country write during their two years of professional articles. Once a candidate passes all four exams, they obtain certificates of proof from the society and can then be admitted as attorneys in court. They can then join the roughly 24,000 attorneys working in the country. The society, which is the country’s main legal regulator has, since 1998, represented the attorneys’ profession by bringing together its six constituent members in a national, non-statutory body. As members attorneys pay annual fees to th...

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