• In South Africa and in other parts of the world, many professions are bemoaning the poor ability of many graduates
    to communicate their skills and knowledge effectively once they enter the workplace. Increasingly, pressure is
    placed on higher education to do more in terms of equipping future professionals with the necessary critical reading,
    research, thinking and writing skills the workplace demands. However, in South Africa especially, the demand for
    access to higher education is resulting in increased admissions, and in many lecturers standing in front of larger
    classes filled with students from a wide range of home and educational backgrounds with ‘variable’ commands of
    English as a medium of instruction and communication (Greenbaum and Mbali 2002). This makes the task of
    equipping these students with disciplinary knowledge and skills challenge. In responding to this challenge, the Law
    Faculty at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), in collaboration with a writing specialist, initiated a project
    aimed at transforming the way in which legal writing was taught at first year level. The overall aim was to start
    training students, from first year, to adapt their thinking and writing to the kinds of knowledge and practice required
    by academic study as well as the legal profession. The project was successful in achieving its modest aims, but
    certain challenges remain. This paper reflects critically on the development and evolution of the model for teaching
    legal writing in large classes. It argues that teaching legal writing in large classes requires creative and sustainable
    approaches so that students can become active and critical writers, readers and thinkers over time in this, or any,