LAWCO is a program where UCT law students have the opportunity to teach and mentor learners from Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain on topics of law and broader socio-economic matters. A pre-determined curriculum is taught each week with an emphasis on student participation and engagement.

As much as the programme is geared towards legal education, LAWCO is founded on forming relationships with the participants beyond the teaching structure and to facilitate learning beyond the curriculum. This programme challenges the UCT student volunteers as well as the participants in both thought and perspective. LAWCO aspires to empower our participants by endeavouring to make the law more accessible by focusing on the various rights enshrined and protected in the Constitution. 

LAWCO is committed to four schools situated in Khayelitsha (COSAT and Usasazo) and Mitchells Plain (Aloe and Princeton). LAWCO volunteers visit each school once a week for an hour period and these periods contribute to the compulsory Community Service hours required for completion of the LLB degree.

LAWCO is headed by Thabiso Modukanene, the 2019 Project Leader, and supported by Iman Kathrada, Amal Anwary, Jonathan Amler, Raessah Shaik, Farheen Mahmood, Julia Holzberg and Kirsten Felix who make up the committee.

To find out more about the programme, contact the team at You can also find LAWCO on Facebook and on Instagram @uctlawco.