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?"
South Africa’s historic silicosis class action: why the settlement matters
The lawyers for miners who either fell sick or died after contracting silicosis and tuberculosis on South Africa’s gold mines, have reached a historic class action settlementwith the industry. The R5 billion (US$400 million) settlement becomes the country’s second class action resolution and therefore very much a precedent setter.
LexFutures, a legal data analytics provider based in Cape Town has launched a Constitutional Court Fantasy Prediction League in partnership with UCT Law@work and Juta Law.
The competition aims to promote awareness of constitutional law in South Africa by awarding points to entrants who sucessfully predict how the Court will rule on upcoming cases and by awarding prizes to the winners of four different league divisions for students, academics, law practitioners and the general public.
The Law Faculty will focus this week on national security, the state, and comparative effects on democracy and the rule of law. Professor Sudha Setty, Dean of Law at Western New England University - and author of a new book on this topic - will be visiting UCT this week to discuss these issues and to share insights on government, accountability and transparency.
The Law Faculty has had a particularly busy week, with numerous special events on the go. Following from a very successful UCT Open Day on 21st April, members of the Faculty - staff and students - continue to invest time and energy in sharing their knowledge and expertise.
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