There are so many good reasons to study Law at UCT! These include the fact that Law is not just for lawyers, and 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 law profession and multiple other work environments).
As a schoolgirl growing up in the Southern Cape town of George, Danielle Louw knew she wanted to work in the human rights field and in pursuit of social justice. Now, Danielle is the recipient of one of only 20 Open Society Foundation Commemorative Scholarships in South Africa, to pursue her social justice-focused LLM studies.
This Africa Month, the African Legal Information Institute (AfricanLII) and the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit (DGRU) at the University of Cape Town's Law Faculty have launched Africa’s first graphical citator for African case law.
The rule of law in Africa relies on effective access to the letter of the law. The African Legal Information Institute, AfricanLII, is proud to launch the beta version of a first-of-it’s-kind Pan-African automated legal citator and summariser for African caselaw - the Citator.
The results of the 2019 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Graduate Employability Rankings show that UCT's graduates remain highly sought after. This confirms UCT's own findings from its annual graduate exit survey - a UCT degree serves you very well in charting your career path, ensuring excellent employment prospects.
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.