"Following South Africa’s recent decriminalisation of the private use and cultivation of cannabis, many industries will need to reassess existing business practices which may be affected by the changing legislation."
DIstinguished Professor Philippe-Joseph Salazar, recently re-awarded his A1 rating from the National Research Foundation, shares his thoughts on rhetoric, Rhetoric Studies and writing on a broad range of subjects.
The first official law lecture of the South African College (as the University of Cape Town was first known) was delivered on 16th April 1859. What began 160 years ago with a part-time professor and a few students in a fortnightly Saturday class is now the top Law school on the African continent, conferring hundreds of undergraduate and postgraduate law degrees every year.
Nigel Patel is well known for their activism at the University of Cape Town (UCT), in media and across the city. When they graduate with an LLB on Friday, it’ll be a stepping stone on the way to fulfilling their life’s goal, a path that started in Malawi.
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.