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School for Advanced Legal Studies (SALS)

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The School for Advanced Legal Studies (SALS) at the University of Cape Town is one of the most energised postgraduate law studies environments on the continent.  With academics who are recognised experts in their fields (see the long list of fields below), SALS offers a number of different postgraduate options - including Postgraduate Diplomas, LLM(research, coursework & dissertation, and professional), as well as MPhil opportunities for those without an LLB but nevertheless engaged in law-related research.

Apart from the expertise and excellence offered by SALS, UCT also offers a superb, well-resourced academic environment in the breathtaking surrounds of Cape Town - offering a rich learning experience by any standards.

Our internationally recognised programmes are taught by distinguished South African and international academics and practitioners, with the added advantage of a rich mix of local and international students - bringing a resource of insights, experience and knowledge from elsewhere into the postgraduate milieu.

The coursework programmes usually start in February or July of each year, and as no correspondence courses are offered, candidates must be resident in Cape Town for the duration of these programmes.

The Faculty has three departments offering postgraduate coursework:

General degrees are offered, as well as degrees in the following specialist areas:

  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Criminal Justice
  • Environmental Law
  • Human Rights Law
  • International Law
  • Labour Law
  • Marine Law
  • Marine and Environmental Law
  • Public Law
  • Shipping Law
  • Social Justice
  • Tax Law

Postgraduate Diplomas are offered in the above areas of specialisation, as well as in

  • Conciliation & Arbitration
  • Company Law
  • Employment Law

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