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?"
Is changing the electoral system the way to establish accountability?
Professor Pierre de Vos shares his thoughts in his latest blog | "This weekend at the brilliant Open Book Festival in Cape Town, I attended a session where the panellists spoke about the need to change South Africa’s electoral system to ensure that our elected representatives become accountable to voters."
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) ground-breaking new policy to tackle discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, ratified last December, is officially up and running following a recent public launch. The policy aims to facilitate a campus environment for staff and students that is free from discrimination in all spheres, including teaching content and language, the university’s code of conduct, and culture.
Today, 29th August 2018, Lewis Pugh completes "The Long Swim" - an epic first-ever swim along the full length of the English Channel from Land's End in the west to Dover in the East, a distance of 560km. This swim is the equivalent of 16 English Channel crossings, and was estimated to take 50 days, depending on tides and weather. After taking off on July 12 on #TheLongSwim, LEWIS ARRIVES IN DOVER TODAY!
The Faculty of Law's Research Office is holding its Annual Faculty Research Week from 27th - 31st August. These well-established research units are key toour research endeavour, and our socially responsive work in the field of Law. The week aims to showcase some of the intellectual work of the units, and events week will display the diversity of that work. An important objective of the week is to rekindle a conversation amongst the research units and the faculty more broadly. Staff, students and Faculty friends - JOIN US!
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