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2018 Orientation for Law Students


In anticipation of the arrival of the first year class of  2018 at UCT, the Law Students' Council is organising an exciting student-centred Orientation programme that we know will really help our first-year students to settle quickly into all aspects of university life.  

Orientation, taking place from 12th - 14th February 2018, is compulsory for all students coming into the Faculty - it's the lifeline that will introduce the first-year class of 2018 to the campus, the life of the University and the Law Faculty. 

Over three days, the programme will offer you, amongst other things:

  1. an introduction to key staff in the Faculty of Law, including the Dean and first-year teaching staff
  2. guidance with your course choices and the registration process
  3. insight into the LLB programme stream for which you are registered
  4. spotlights on different careers in Law, and the broad range of options open to LLB graduates
  5. a tour of the Kramer Law Building so you know where to find lecture theatres, tutorial rooms, support, your professors and tutors, and the cafeteria
  6. how to use the Law Library 
  7. how to access the UCT computer networks and the computer labs - and support with IT skills
  8. the importance for first year students of the Law Mentoring programme run by the Law Students Council.


Each member of the first-year class of 2018 will be assigned to a small group of fellow students led by an Orientation Leader, a senior student, who will take you on a campus and library tour, and offer assistance with the registration process.   All first-year law students will be assigned a mentor who is a senior law student for the entire first year of studies.

In the past, the Law Faculty Orientation programme was voted as AMAZING by attendees!  Join us to make 2018 an even MORE amazing Orientation session.  Refreshments and lunches will be provided on each day of attendance.


Once you have completed the Orientation programme you will need to register for the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree. Registration is the process by which you sign up for courses which you must complete to be awarded the degree. From 2017, all students are encouraged to make use of the online registration facility.  Details of this process will be posted on this site immediately after Orientation.   Registration dates for 2018 will be made available on the main UCT registration website so keep your eyes open here 


Please see Humanities Electives list for more information on the non-law course options that are available to you during your degree. This may change for 2018, so check in to ensure you have an up-to-date list from which to identify your preferred course choice.


All Law graduates are required to demonstrate the level of numerical proficiency deemed appropriate for lawyers.  LLB students are expected to complete the course Law that Counts: Quantitative Literacy for Law [MAM1013F].  Those who demonstrate satisfactory numeracy skills in the NBT Quantitative Literacy test (66%) administered before registration may be exempted from the course.  High grades in Mathematics at school or successful completion of Maths-related courses at university do not exempt you from MAM1013F. 

Applicants who obtained 66% in the Quantitative Literacy component of the NBT test written for admission to UCT are not required to retake the test.  

The date of the test will be published on this site by the end of July 2017.   You are expected to be at the venue at 08h00.

Graduate LLB students (those who already have undergraduate degrees) are exempt from MAM1013F and therefore do not need to take the NBT Test.


All students entering first year law studies at UCT are required to have a laptop for use during class as well as for personal study throughout the degree.  The specifications for these laptops have been set so that they enable you to manage the demands of digital literacy expected in the senior years of the LLB degree.  Students receiving financial aid from UCT will be assisted (in the form of financial assistance) to acquire a laptop.  Details of this assistance will be sent to students who have accessed NSFAS support.

Details of the laptop specifications and Information Technology facilities offered by UCT are available at:  http://www.icts.uct.ac.za/student-computing - please ensure you are familiar with these requirements.

The use of laptops is intended to promote ‘paperless’ teaching in the interests of a greener, more sustainable environment - and to equip you with the skills to access cases and readings online; to enable you to access UCT learning systems to download information and course materials; as well as using software to check for possible plagiarism.  

These career-related skills are a critical skills component for every UCT graduate. 

GRADUATE PREPARATORY WORKSHOP (only for students who already have undergraduate degrees)

In addition to the Orientation Programme , graduate LLB students are invited to attend the Graduate Preparatory Workshop. Applicants who are completing Grade 12 in 2017 must not attend this workshop. It is aimed at GRADUATE students only.

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce some of the foundational concepts of South African law to students in their first year of the graduate LLB programme.   First year graduate LLB students are required to take Prelim B subjects (subjects taken by undergraduate LLB students in their second year) in their first year of study.  Prelim B subjects build on foundational legal concepts from the Prelim A (first year) subjects.  This workshop assists first year graduate LLB students to acquire fundamental knowledge necessary for the understanding of all your courses in the first year. In addition, it provides support with the development of the necessary skills for success in law school.  

For all dates related to Law registration and workshops for 2018, please refer here.