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.
Judges, magistrates and lawyers across Africa are faced with matters pertaining to refugees and migrants, and the countries in which they find themselves. A new centre of excellence based at the University of Cape Town (UCT) aims to provide these officers and law practitioners with collaborative resources to make rulings, set precedence and establish justice.
A trio of dynamic young women is set to put a fresh spin on children’s rights in the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Faculty of Law. Sharing a passion for this field, Mathabo Baase, Nurina Ally and Salona Lutchman will be joining forces to revive a course that will equip students to confidently participate in global conversations around children’s rights.
Recognising the rights, needs and dreams of refugees is a fundamental step towards achieving social justice in South Africa. And the country is on the right track, said Associate Professor Fatima Khan, acclaimed human rights lawyer and the director of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Refugee Rights Unit.
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.