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 law profession and multiple other work environments).
Our first-time LLB students are on campus and navigating their way through who's who, what's where, and how they get onto UCT's wifi. It's a busy time - all geared toward starting the formal academic programme on 10 February. .
The Law Faculty has, this week, welcomed all its new undergraduate and postgraduate students - with information sessions, Faculty and campus tours, Law Library introductions, celebrations and more. Our Undergraduate LLBs have completed a full 3-day Orientation, our research students at Masters and PhD level have had a week-long induction, and our coursework Masters and PGDiploma students have had a day of sessions on who to navigate the Faculty.
The latest volume of Responsa Meridiana, the UCT/ Stellenbosch student Law Journal, is out and available for purchase. Volume 55 (2019) marks the continuation of the publication’s historic legacy in showcasing the insightful and erudite ideas of each university’s undergraduate Law students.
UCT Law has been home, over the last few years, to a number of students who have received a prestigious Mandela Rhodes Scholarship. The most recent award to a student in the Faculty has gone to Jeremy Phillips, who will be part of the Mandela Rhodes Class of 2020.
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.