When Qobo Ningiza becomes the country’s first deaf law graduate next Friday, 12 April, he will continue a tradition that has seen some of South Africa’s most prominent leaders become formidable heroes of social justice through their study of this challenging subject.
Calling UCT LLB final years and LLM students - applications are open for exchange opportunities to do an LLM abroad, or to study abroad for one or two semesters as part of a UCT LLM. There are opportunities at several law faculties with whom UCT has partnership agreements.
Some of the Faculty's undergraduate students, while carrying a heavy course load, are going international in their endeavour to learn, to gain exposure, and to find out more about how to apply their course content and what they are learning at the Kramer Law School to broader society. Boitumelo Sediti and Tanya Magaisa are two such students.
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.