Law is not just for lawyers. There are so many good reasons to study Law at UCT! An LLB degree provides an excellent entry to a range of career options (plus our graduates have a first-class range of soft skills and hard knowledge useful for the law profession and multiple other work environments).
UCT Law has been home, over the last few years, to a number of students who have received a prestigious Mandela Rhodes Scholarship. The most recent award to a student in the Faculty has gone to Jeremy Phillips, who will be part of the Mandela Rhodes Class of 2020.
Air Law: A comprehensive sourcebook for Southern Africanpilots is the first book on air law published by a leading South African academic. Distinguished Professor Philippe Salazar, co-Director of the Faculty of Law's Centre for Rhetoric Studies, is the author of this important new Law publication.
What makes the field of Tax Law interesting? According to Associate Professor Johann Hattingh, it is that the field of tax provides the opportunity continually to find new aspects of interest because it has so many sides, and it invites study through a range of different lenses.
We attract excellent students from diverse backgrounds, ensuring a rich learning environment. As the smallest Faculty at UCT, with close to 1,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students annually, the rigour of our degree programmes leads to UCT Law graduates being highly sought after, not only in South Africa but also internationally. In addition, the Faculty hosts at least 11 world-class research units, focused on various aspects of legal practice and implementation.
Democracy and Social Justice
At the UCT Faculty of Law we are committed to furthering the goals of the Constitution, and our aim is to develop the next generation of skilled legal professionals who will ensure the maintenance and strengthening of an open, free and democratic South Africa. The Faculty’s mission is to ensure knowledgeable, articulate, skilled and critically-minded graduates able to play an influential role in ensuring social justice here and further afield. Our core objective remains teaching and research, but we are committed to maintaining a clear awareness of the social and global context in which our graduates will find their place.
Theory and Practice
The Faculty’s Law graduates are known for their capacity not only in legal theory, and its application, but also in their achievement of practical experience in law. This is a result of our unique requirement that to graduate, all students must have completed 30 hours of probono community service. It is also a result of the Faculty’s superb moot court facility – where students learn to present legal argument in a court-like setting. It is further a result of the Faculty’s local and international academic and professional networks which ensure that we are able to secure the best opportunities for students to gain experience elsewhere during their student years.