Conveyancing Examination – Low Pass Rate
The historically low pass rate of the conveyancing examination has long been of concern to the organised legal profession. The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA} is determined to use all means possible to find practical and measurable solutions to increase the pass rate without reducing the examination standards.
In light of the above, the LSSA’s House of Constituents (HoC) established a task team to holistically investigate the low pass rate and to come up with recommendations to increase the pass rate. The task team has finalised their report and its recommendations have been adopted by the HOC. The LSSA is hopeful that most if not all these interventions will be in place for the September 2019 exam sitting.
The following list was identified.
In addition to the above recommendations, the LSSA is working on urgently introducing a mentorship programme, which will involve local conveyancers and organisations. A pilot project will be launched in Mthatha and Polokwane in August 2019 and the LSSA hopes to obtain the buy-in of potential mentors and mentees.