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Why study Law?

The answer is simple - because of the students, and because of the staff!


UCT attracts excellent students from diverse backgrounds and this makes for a rich learning environment; our graduates are highly sought after.

Student initiatives like the Social Justice Seminars and LAWCO are recognised as excellent and the student leadership (both the Law Student Council and the Black Law Student Forum)(need internal links to the pages for both of these organizations) has been very strong; Orientation week in 2010 was voted outstanding.

Unique to our LLB is 60 hours of community service and so our students graduate with a sense of their role in society.


We believe that teaching should be research-led and the Faculty has excellent staff, both as teachers and as researchers, and as leading authors on their subjects.

The first National Research Foundation (NRF) Chair in Humanities was given to Law: two professors are A-rated researchers and fourteen are NRF-rated researchers.

Two of our staff members have been awarded Distinguished Teachers' Awards and in 2009 the Faculty won two international teaching awards.

And of course there is the excellent law library which is linked to major electronic databases and houses 284 top class journals and more than 85 000 books.

For information on Curriculum, Courses, Scholarships and Prizes see the Law Faculty Handbook.