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?"
The University of Cape Town is not only putting short-term plans and water-management measures in place toward avoiding Day Zero, but is investing significantly in becoming a water-wise, water-efficient campus into the future. Acting VC, Professor Loretta Feris, yesterday issued a statement outlining UCT's current planning to avoid closure in the event of Day Zero. One of the core strategies is to encourage members of the UCT Community to be part of the 40% who currently are effecting the required water savings (ie. below 87litres per person per day now, and 50litres per person per day come 1st Feb - although we should all have reduced our water usage to 50litres per person per day already). Every saved drop counts!
The Asset Forfeiture Unit of South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has confirmed that it is probing seven cases related to what has come to be known as “state capture”, involving R50 billion. This development follows months of public frustration due to lack of action by the country’s law enforcement agencies despite mounting evidence pointing to massive corruption. Politics and society editor Thabo Leshilo spoke to legal expert [and Dean of UCT Law], Professor Penelope Andrews.
UCT’s Law Faculty is known for our active participation in local and global law conferences and forums – and 2017 was no different, packed with contributions from and participation by UCT’s Law academics in a range of important spheres of legal scholarship, teaching and practice. This engagement is an important indicator of the Faculty’s endeavour continuously to improve our research output and excellence.
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