This year marks 100 years since women were admitted to the legal profession. As part of the commemorative events recognising how women have progressed in legal academia, in the legal profession and the judiciary, the Society of Law Teachers of Southern African (SLTSA) will be profiling female legal academics who have made a significant contribution to this field in academia or have gone on to impact the legal profession as advocates, attorneys and even judges. We would like to acknowledge and celebrate these women who have achieved great milestones and to also inspire other female law teachers to enter and achieve success in the various legal fields so that women can continue to make their mark. In the first of our series recognising inspiring female legal academics in Southern Africa we feature Professor Puseletso Letete.
Puseletso Letete is a full professor of law and Vice Dean: Teaching and Learning, in the University of Johannesburg’s Faculty of Law since 01 September 2022. She lectures tax law at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Prior to this appointment at UJ, she had been appointed as a senior lecturer; an associate professor, and a full professor of Tax Law, at the University of South Africa (UNISA) where she lectured at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels; and supervised postgraduate students. She holds a doctoral degree (Tax Law) from the University of Edinburgh; ... SEE MORE
"My journey to becoming a law teacher has been unique, shaped by my 14-year experience as a prosecutor before transitioning into academia". A few highlights of my career in legal academia include the opportunity to edit and author two leading textbooks in South Africa, namely 'Introduction to Legal Pluralism in South Africa' (LexisNexis, 6th ed, 2021) and 'Law of Succession in South Africa' (OUP, 3rd ed, 2023). These publications have allowed me to delve into complex legal topics and provide valuable resources for students and practitioners alike... SEE MORE
Prof. Vivenne Lawack graduated with a BJuris (cum laude) LLB ( cum laude) from the former University of Port Elizabeth in 1993 and 1995 respectively. She did her LLM in one year, on Electronic Payment Systems in South African Law, done in 1996 and graduating in April 1997. "This sparked my interest in electronic payments and electronic banking law, very new at the time". In 2001 she graduated with a LLD from Unisa, with a thesis titled: “Aspects of Internet Payment Instruments”, one of the first in our field... SEE MORE
After completing my LLB, I practiced very briefly at a big law firm and then went to Cambridge for my LLM. Thereafter, I began teaching in 2002 and joined UCT as a lecturer in 2005. I then pursued my PhD at UCT whilst working full time as an academic. 21 years since I became an academic, I still love teaching and research. Since 2019, I am very privileged to hold a SARChI research chair in Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development, which allows me to dedicate most of my time to research... SEE MORE
There is a saying that ‘no-one has teeth at birth’, and the journey to becoming a law teacher takes time for anyone interested in this goal. My journey started at the University of Pretoria where I completed my BLC (cum laude) and LLB (cum laude). It was reinforced during this time with my exposure to academia from a different viewpoint than that of a student, namely as academic assistant at UNISA (in the Private Law department). The direction that I was following was cemented with an appointment as lecturer at the University of Johannesburg (then RAU). I also completed my LLD (The Labour Law Implications of the Transfer of an Undertaking (2002) at UJ... SEE MORE
After graduating from the University of Stellenbosch I practised as a commercial attorney at a large corporate law firm before joining the Law Faculty at UCT in 2005. However, I think I have always been an academic and a law teacher at heart. I worked part-time as a teaching assistant while completing my LLM, and it was the challenge and the satisfaction of conducting undergraduate law tutorials that first ignited my interest in teaching. Although I enjoyed the challenge and pace of legal practice, academia has afforded me the space to choose how to apply my legal focus as well as the freedom to research and teach in those areas which really interest me... SEE MORE
I began my career as a clerk of the Magistrates’ Court. As my parents did not have money to pay for my studies, I applied for a bursary from the Department of Justice. This bursary entailed that I became an employee of the Department, allowing me to pursue my B Juris degree at the then Potchefstroom University. Whenever my exams ended, that was the moment I had to return to the Johannesburg Magistrates’ Office to work as a clerk of the court during the holidays. My application to do fulltime LLB studies was refused. I was upgraded from clerk of the court to a prosecutor. I was later transferred to the regional courts... SEE MORE