What do you think?

Please give us your feedback.

Clearlaw is a South African company dedicated to fostering a culture of continuing legal education in South Africa. This is about ensuring that legal practitioners are competent, and continue to develop as professionals and as people.

These short questionnaires are designed to elicit information from law firms, individuals, and public and private sector entities about your perceptions and needs. We would appreciate your honest response.

There are 3 surveys, of which you need only answer the one that best describes you (you are welcome to answer more than one).

The forms are for:

  1. Legal practitioners in law firms.
  2. Legal practitioners that are not in law firms (e.g. in-house advisors or experts who work with lawyers).
  3. Clients – people who use legal practitioners or seek legal advice regularly.

Responses will be anonymised and the information will be used only in aggregated form.

The survey will take less than 3 minutes.  Feel free to send this on to any other person in your organisation.  The survey is in English – please let us know if you would prefer to participate in another language.

Responses will be anonymised and the information will be used only in aggregated form as an input to the project.

The survey will take approximately 5 minutes.  Feel free to send this on to any other person in your organisation.  The survey is in English – please let us know if you want to participate in it in another language.

What size is your firm?
What is your primary language for client interaction?
What is your firm best known for as a practise area?  (You can mark more than one)
How often does your firm offer in-house legal training of any kind?

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Who generally presents the material?
Do you have an internal CLE system in place?  This could be informal, where a register is taken at in-house training, or formal, where it counts towards a performance review:
Have you ever participated in a course presented by the Law Society?
If Yes, which one?
Do you believe you/your junior staff are sufficiently well-qualified after the board exam and candidacy to meet with clients to take instructions and fulfil them alone?
If No, please give reasons

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Do you ever offer in-house training/seminars to your clients?
What do you consider the most important qualities in a lawyer (you can choose more than one)?
Would you consider requiring staff to attend a presentation (online or physically) on any of the topics listed below?  Please tick those you consider would enhance value to clients:
Does anyone in your firm publish articles in journals whether locally or internationally?

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How many conferences do you attend per year?
Are your lawyers subject to an annual performance review?  If yes, does continuing education count?
In what form would you be most likely to undertake continuing legal education if it was offered?
What percentage of your time do you think needs to be spent on CLE?

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How much can you afford to spend on CLE per year?
What would your reasons be for not being in favour of CLE?  You can choose more than one answer.
Are you able to access computers or other electronic devices and a broadband connection?
How should continuing legal education be monitored? You can choose more than one answer.

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Thank you for completing the survey.