Kramer Law students do more than study Law. UCT's law students are active and committed to sharing their knowledge and expertise with schools off-campus in a range of non-profit initiatives. Two of these projects are highlighted here.
Students for Law and Social Justice
Where justice is promoted, encouraged and sowed into the thread of education there is the opportunity to reduce social factors from serving as a hurdle to access to justice - this is the vision of UCT Students for Law and Social Justice (SLSJ) .
SLSJ is a South African student organisation dedicated to protecting human rights, preventing discrimination and promoting social justice. The society has been formed in partnership between students in various universities across South Africa, with the aim to transform legal education and access to justice.
Students for Law and Social Justice: University of Cape Town (UCT) Branch feels strongly about social justice, particularly the issue of access to justice based on financial and social factors. Justice has an impact on the avenues available to individuals to lead a life of dignity or without strife, without access to justice and/or ignorance of rights available to them these avenues are significantly reduced.
SLSJ, run by students for students, has three components: a legal referral clinic, a mentorship program for girls in Phillipi, and research, advocacy & education.
While the project provides support to high school learners, it also provides an important opportunity for law students to engage in the practical work of a clinic-type advisory service. Read more at this link.
The Human Upliftment Project
The Human Upliftment Project, a nonprofit human rights organisation founded by students from the University of Cape Town, has partnered with CASAC on a new human rights education and Constitutional literacy programme for high school pupils. Read more below.
The programme started in March 2018 at Beacon Hill Secondary School in Mitchell's Plain and Thandokhulu High School in Mowbray. The Social Justice Education Programme is a student initiative focused on decolonising the UCT Law curriculum and its main objective is to ensure that the first legal system South African pupils are introduced to is the oldest of its land.
The project is based on African Customary Law and the effects of colonialism on this legal system.