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Law - LLB and other law degrees (1st Year Support): Moot Court

Research assistance, subject guides and useful library resources for first year law students, compiled by the Faculty of Law librarians


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Moot Court Research Training Videos 2022

It is essential that you watch the videos uploaded in the "Moot Court Legal Research Videos" section of the CM0376 LIBRARY SUPPORT: LAW - UNDERGRADUATE (1ST YEAR) Blackboard Community. You will find excellent research tips and sources.


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Recommended Readings on the Art of Mooting

Some of the readings recommended below may use unfamiliar legal terminology as they were written to prepare students for Moot Court competitions hosted in the UK, USA and jurisdictions other than South Africa. We recommended that you consult the publications nonetheless. The basic Moot Court preparation steps provided in the publications can be applied and adapted to South African-based Moot Court competitions.

Recommended E-books on Child Law

1) Child Law in South Africa edited by Trynie Boezaart

"Child Law in South Africa is written by 22 experts in the field, edited by Professor Trynie Boezaart, an internationally acknowledged researcher in child law, and independently peer-reviewed. The book reflects the enormous scope and dynamics involved in child law and is sure to encourage further debate and analysis."

Link to access the e-book: Child Law in South Africa by Boezaart

Take note: Limited User Access (3 Copies Available)


2) Commentary of the Children's Act by by Davel, CJ,Skelton, A


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You will find the electronic format of this publication in Jutastat Online (linked below). The Commentary interprets the sections of Children's Act 38 of 2005. 


3) Law of South Africa (LAWSA)

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You will find the electronic format of this publication in Lexis Library (linked below). LAWSA is an important encyclopaedia for legal research. The publication provides introductory information on South African legal topics.


4) Hardcopy books

Visit the REB section of the Law Library's Open Shelves to find books on Family Law.