Orientation for Law Students

Undergraduate LLB programme available here | Graduate LLB programme here

The University of Cape Town runs an intensive orientation programme for its students, particularly (but not only) for first years.  Orientation week is the main fantastic, student-centred opportunity to get to know your campus; the available facilities for students including library, IT support and student wellness services; your Faculty and who is who; and the multitude of opportunities available to students through sports clubs and other societies.

Look here for more information on O-Week at UCT: 



In addition to general orientation activities on Plaza Week on the Jameson Plaza, where all the societies and clubs share information about their activities and about joining, each Faculty runs a programme of introduction.

The Faculty of Law

In anticipation of the arrival of the first year class of  2020 at UCT, the Law Students' Council (LSC) 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 for undergraduate LLB students takes place in the last week of Jan and the first week of Feb, and is compulsory for all students coming into the Faculty. DON'T MISS this opportunity - it's the lifeline that will introduce the first-year class and students new to UCT to the campus, the life of the University and how things work in the Law Faculty. 

The programme will offer you, amongst other things:

  1. an introduction to your Law Students Council, the LSC - and you can get to know who your representatives are and how they can assist and support you (and vice versa!)
  2. an introduction to key staff in the Faculty of Law, including the Dean and first-year teaching staff
  3. guidance with your course choices and the registration process
  4. insight into the LLB programme stream for which you are registered (4-year, 5-year, Combined Stream or Graduate LLB)
  5. spotlights on different careers in Law, and the broad range of options open to LLB graduates
  6. 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
  7. how to use the Law Library 
  8. how to access the UCT computer networks and the computer labs - and support with IT skills
  9. 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 2020 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 2020 an even MORE amazing Orientation session!

PLEASE NOTE:  Orienation for Graduate LLB students, who have already completed a first degree, takes place over two separate days in the 1st week of Feb.  




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. Students are strongly encouraged to make use of the online registration facility.  Details of this process will be posted on this site immediately after Orientation.  Physical registration dates for 2020 are available at http://www.law.uct.ac.za/registration-information.  Online registrations dates and eligibility will be made available soon.

For more detailed information on online registration and eligibility for Prelim B, Intermediate and Final Level students to register via Peoplesoft, please check back on the link here: http://www.law.uct.ac.za/registration-information

Please see Humanities Electives list (watch this space for 2020 list) for more information on the non-law course options that are available to you during your degree. This may change for 2020, 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.  

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 and access to online materials 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.  The basic requirements to operate on the UCT network are:

  • Intel Core i3 (or i5 if budget allows)
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB if budget allows – the advice is that more RAM & i3 is better than less RAM & i5)
  • Go for the longest battery life that you can afford.   For maximum advantage, machines with solid state drives (SSD) have much longer battery life than machines with mechanical parts (e.g. disk drives and DVD drives) and also weigh less, which is quite an advantage when carrying bags around campus).
  • IEEE 802.11 wireless
  • Windows OS (UCT has moved to the Windows 10 environment)

Apple Mac users running MacOS will have to get virtual desktop software, and UCT’s ICTS department can advise on this.

Further 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.

Students receiving financial aid from NSFAS or UCT will be assisted in this regard. Please check in with Undergraduate Financial Aid, 3rd Floor, Kramer Building (Middle Campus).

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.