There are so many good reasons to study Law at UCT! These include the fact that Law is not just for lawyers, and 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’s Law Faculty is never quiet! Whether it’s our staff, students or alumni in action, there is always something exciting, interesting and innovative on the go. To keep you posted on some recent news we have compiled a quick listing of news and developments from the broad Faculty community.
Mandela Day 2019 provided the focus point for members of the Law Faculty to develop gift bundles for new mothers at Mowbray Maternity Hospital, based in Mowbray in Cape Town. New mothers often leave Mowbray Maternity with very little by way of supplies for their newborns, and so the staff in the Faculty's professional development unit - Law@Work - unit galvanised a Faculty-wide initiative to knit, bring, buy, or by any means provide goods for these mothers and their babies.
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.