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?"
Building a capable developmental state is a core priority in South Africa's National Development Plan, and a capable local sphere of government is a cornerstone of that goal. This year, 2018 marks the 20th Anniversary of the adoption of the White Paper on Local Government which gave effect to the new dispensation for democratic local government in our constitution.
The Centre for Rhetoric Studies (CRhS), based in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town, is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant of R2,2million by the A W Mellon Foundation of New York. The grant is for Masters and PhD scholarships and Postdoctoral Fellowships in Rhetoric Studies. This grant, which runs until end-2022, is the second such Mellon grant awarded to CRhS.
UCT graduates are definitely in demand, according to recent research and according to the latest QS Graduate Employability Ranking - maintaining our top position on the continent. In addition, UCT is ranked 18th in the world with regard to our graduates being employed within one year of graduating. Further, a survey conducted at April 2018 graduation shows that the UCT Law Faculty has the highest % (across UCT) of students who, on graduation, are already employed - at 62.1% of our LLB graduates.
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