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DID YOU KNOW for first-years - 2018

First-year Law Students at UCT

DID YOU KNOW?

  1. DID YOU KNOW | There is a UCT site focused on being a first-year student - with advice, tips, and contact details for various services, at http://www.fye.uct.ac.za/home-265
  1. DID YOU KNOW | As a Law student at UCT, you have a Law Students’ Council elected to represent you and your interests.  If you have concerns you feel are not being addressed, speak to your representatives.  Your Council details are at http://www.law.uct.ac.za/law/studentactiv/lsc/info
  1. DID YOU KNOW | There is help and support available to you – just ask!  If you have questions, and you aren’t sure who to ask, you could ask the Law Students’ Council on lsc.secretary.uct@gmail.com, or your first-year mentor, or the Faculty Office (4th Floor, Kramer Building or on law-studies@uct.ac.za) – that’s just for starters!
  1. DID YOU KNOW | The UCT Law Faculty website holds loads of useful information, tips, and contact details – so look here too for information http://www.law.uct.ac.za/law/studentactiv/overview.  Don’t forget, though – if you can’t find the information, ask someone!
  1. DID YOU KNOW | UCT has a whole section of its site dedicated to student services – check it out at http://www.students.uct.ac.za/students/current-students/online-resources/undergraduate. Take your time, browse around, check for opportunities and deadlines. STAY INFORMED.
  1. DID YOU KNOW | You really should read Studying at University: A guide for first-year students - an awesome guide to being a first-year student at UCT.
  1. DID YOU KNOW | UCT students are assigned an official UCT student email address.  You must ensure that you keep checking for communications, to ensure you don’t miss vital information.
  1. DID YOU KNOW| There are numerous skills-development opportunities through workshops which provide both academic and non-academic support, covering topics like writing skills, stress and financial management, and exam preparation. Once registered, students will be able to refer to the online learning system, Vula, for more information about these workshops, and to access further electronic resources.
  1. DID YOU KNOW | Asking questions, and making the most of the opportunities and resources available to you as a UCT student, are habits that will stand you in good stead throughout your student years.  Find out what resources are available – and USE them!  And if you don’t know, ASK SOMEONE!  You won’t be the only one who needs answers!
  1. DID YOU KNOW | UCT has a range of emergency hotlines including the following:

UCT Student Careline :                                           0800 24 25 26 or SMS 31393
Campus Protection Services 24-hour hotline :    021 650 22223

Sexual Assault 24-hour hotline :                           072 393 7824

Other numbers can be found at http://www.uct.ac.za/main/contacts/emergency

  1. DID YOU KNOW | As a first-year student doing your LLB, you will be in class with a range of students at different levels of study.  Some of your courses will be with students who have already completed their undergraduate degree in Humanities or Commerce, and will be Graduate LLB students doing their law courses.  Make the most of having older, more experienced students in your class – ask them questions, get their advice!
  1. DID YOU KNOW | The Dean of the UCT Faculty of Law is Professor Penelope Andrews, and you can find more info about the Dean at http://www.law.uct.ac.za/law/about/deans_team/overview 
  1. DID YOU KNOW | There are two law clinics associated with the UCT Law Faculty, where Law students are able to do their community service.  There is the UCT Law Clinic and the Refugee Rights Clinic, situated on 3rd Floor, Kramer Law Building.  These clinics, both registered law practices, provide an invaluable service to people needing legal advice.
  1. DID YOU KNOW | The UCT Faculty of Law is the oldest Law school in South Africa.  You can find information at http://www.law.uct.ac.za/law/about/history
  1. DID YOU KNOW | UCT’s Law students run their own magazine, Altum Sonatur. In 2016 and 2017, the Altum Sonatur committee was awarded UCT’s Student Leadership award for best student media.  The magazine is published a few times a year. Keep your eyes open through the year – you will see issues available around the Kramer Building.
  1. DID YOU KNOW | UCT standard class times are as follows:

1          08:00 - 08:45                           Meridian         13:00 - 13:45

2          09:00 - 09:45                           6                      14:00 - 14:45

3          10:00 - 10:45                           7                      15:00 - 15:45

4          11:00 - 11:45                           8                      16:00 - 16:45

5          12:00 - 12:45                           9                      17:00 - 17:45

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