The Faculty of Law, UCT's smallest Faculty, is home to three departments (Commercial Law, Private Law and Public Law) along with many research centres focused on researching Law and contributing to excellence in teaching Law.
The Faculty is also home to an energetic and active student body, with more than 1,100 students at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Studying Law can feel a bit daunting - some have said that Law can feel like a whole new language. We have compiled some basic information for first-years, on UCT resources, studying tips and tools, emergency phone numbers, who's who in the Law Faculty, information on two Law clinics, and more – in an easy-to-read "Did You Know?"
Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, currently the deputy vice-chancellor for research and internationalisation at UCT, has been appointed by Council as the new vice-chancellor of the university with effect from 1 July 2018. Professor Phakeng will take over from Dr Max Price, who has held the position since 2008.
The Law Faculty has a number of academics and staff who write regularly, particularly for online platforms - including their own blogs. These articles contribute important analysis and perspectives on current socio-economic and political issues. For more information and a list of some of these writers, with links to blogs and articles, readers can go to this link.
Scholarship Opportunity for UCT Law Students in 2nd-year undergraduate LLB
The Abe Swersky Scholarship is awarded to a 2nd-year black South African law student enrolled in the 4-year LLB, who has completed a year of law courses and who does not have financial support for their studies. The scholarship covers 75% academic fees for the remainder of the 4-year degree, provided all courses are passed. Applicants must have already shown drive, determination and a passion for the law while also demonstrating that they are community-minded and are interested in Family Law. A good pass in Law of Persons and Family (RDL 1008/9H) is a requirement.
What happens when African societal norms meet modern commercial practice? From boardrooms in Sandton to the cultural mash-up and the “popular economy” of a South African township, African business people of different ethnicities and world views are contracting on a daily basis.
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 practical experience of legal practice. This is a result of our unique requirement that to graduate, all students must have completed 60 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.
For information on Curriculum, Courses, Scholarships and Prizes see the Law Faculty Handbook.
Our Constitution is the driving force in creating an open, democratic and free society. Here at the Faculty of Law we are committed to furthering the goals of the Constitution. Our aim is to train the next generation of skilled legal professionals who will ensure the maintenance and strengthening of our open, free and democratic society.” Professor Penelope Andrews Dean of Law