In anticipation of the arrival of the first year class of  2018 at UCT, the Law Students' Council will be organising an exciting student-centred Orientation programme that we know will really help you to settle quickly into all aspects of university life.  Orientation is compulsory for all students coming into the Faculty - it's the lifeline that will introduce the first year class of 2018 to the campus, the life of the University and the Law Faculty.  It will offer you guidance with your course choices and the registration process.

The details of the orientation programme will be published on this site toward the end of July 2017.

The three-day programme will cover topics including:
•    An introduction to key staff in the Faculty of Law, including the Dean and first-year teaching staff
•    Talks about the study and the practice of law 
•    An overview of campus life 
•    An overview of student societies and organisations on campus
•    Information on the registration process, including the timetable and information on tutorials and lectures
•    A tour of the campus, including the Law library 
•    Computer orientation 

The first year class of 2018 will be assigned to a small group of fellow students led by an Orientation Leader, a senior student, who will take you on a campus and library tour, and offer assistance with the registration process.   All first year law students will be assigned a mentor who is a senior law student for the entire first year of studies.

In the past, the Law Faculty Orientation programme was voted as AMAZING by attendees!  Join us to make 2018 an even MORE amazing Orientation session.  Refreshments and lunches will be provided on each day of attendance.

The programme for Orientation 2017 can be found here

Recommended reading for Orientation 2017  can be found here

Once you have completed the Orientation programme you will need to register for the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree. Registration is the process by which you sign up for courses which you must complete to be awarded the degree. From 2017, all students are encouraged to make use of the online registration facility.  Details of this process will be posted on this site  immediately after Orientation.   Registration dates for 2018  will be made available on the registration website towards the end of July 2017

Please see Humanities Electives list for more information on the non-law courses.  This may change in 2018.

All Law graduates are required to demonstrate the level of numerical proficiency deemed appropriate for lawyers.  LLB students are expected to complete a course [MAM1013F] Law that Counts: Quantitative Literacy for Law.  Those who demonstrate satisfactory numeracy skills in the NBT Quantitative Literacy test (66%)  administered before registration may be exempted from the course.  High grades in Mathematics at school or successful completion of Maths-related courses at university do not exempt you from MAM1013F.  Applicants who obtained 66% in the Quantitative Literacy component of the NBT test written for admission to UCT are not required to retake the test.   The date of the test will be published on this site by the end of July 2017.   You are expected to be at the venue at 08h00.

 Graduate LLB students (those who already have undergraduate degrees) are exempt from MAM1013F and therefore do not need to take the NBT Test.

All students entering first year law studies at UCT are required to have a laptop for use during class as well as for personal study throughout the degree.  The specifications for these laptops have been set so that they enable you to manage the demands of digital literacy expected in the senior years of the LLB degree.  Students receiving financial aid from UCT will be assisted (in the form of financial assistance) to acquire a laptop.  Details of this assistance will be sent to students who will be receiving financial aid.

Details of the laptop specifications and Information Technology facilities offered by UCT are available at:
The use of laptops is intended to promote ‘paperless’ teaching in the interests of a greener, sustainable environment, to equip you with the skills to access cases and readings online, , to enable you to access UCT learning systems to download information and course materials, as well as using software to check for possible plagiarism.  These career- related skills are critical for every UCT graduate to master. , 

GRADUATE PREPARATORY WORKSHOP (only for students who already have undergraduate degrees)
In addition to the Orientation Programme , graduate LLB students are invited to attend the Graduate Preparatory Workshop.  Applicants who are completing Grade 12 in 2017 must not attend this workshop. It is aimed at GRADUATE students only.

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce some of the foundational concepts of South African law to first year graduate LLB students.   First year graduate LLB students are required to take Prelim B subjects (subjects taken by undergraduate LLB students in their second year) in their first year of study.  Prelim B subjects build on foundational legal concepts from the Prelim A (first year) subjects.  This workshop , assists first year graduate LLB students to acquire  fundamental knowledge necessary for the understanding of all your courses in the first year. In addition, it provides support with the development of the necessary skills for success in law school.   The date of the workshop will be published on this site towards the end of July 2017.

Orientation 2017 in pictures