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...
UCT Law is the home of postgraduate legal studies in South Africa. Offering at least eight specialist one-year PG Diplomas, and a range of LLM programmes with a wide choice of courses, UCT Law also offers Masters programmes by research only.
Nolundi Luwaya is the director of the Land and Accountability Research Centre (LARC), based in the Faculty's Department of Public Law. LARC recently played a significant part in the Ingonyama Trust case in KwaZulu‑Natal (KZN) regarding the Trust’s charging of rent on communal land in rural KZN which had an adverse effect mostly on women.
One of the most regularly cited motivations for charting a career in law is the prospect of making the world a better place. There’s no time that this opportunity seems more tangible than when speaking with the director of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Law Clinic, Yellavarne Moodley.
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.