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The GROWING A LAWER Campaign

Funding support from a range of donors is critical to the UCT Faculty of Law's sustainability - and is essential to ensuring that we can continue developing our programmes to maintain and further pursue excellence in Law.  The Faculty is very proud to have a strong core of long-term supporters, donors and friends - without whose support we would not be able to hold our current international status, nor continue producing the quality of research and graduates for which the UCT Faculty of Law is renowned. 

Growing a Lawyer  - Fundraising for Success at UCT Law

One of the most important socio-economic rights in the Constitution is access to education.   At universities across South Africa, this right is being hampered by many factors, including the cost of university education.    

This was the key issue of rolling student protests across South Africa in 2015, 2016 and 2017.  During the 2015 - 2017 protests, the constitution came under severe criticism by some students, suggesting its ineffectiveness in making a real difference in the lives of black and poor South Africans.  This criticism reflects limited knowledge and appreciation about the possibilities of the Constitution and how it may be (and has already been) used strategically to pursue the various goals of democracy and social justice.

The UCT Law Faculty has therefore kicked off our central project, Growing A Lawyer, as part of the university’s Distinguishing UCT campaign. Growing a Lawyer seeks to address these key issues around access to university education, as well as the critical need to attract black South Africans to the study of Law.

Growing A Lawyer has three goals:   

  • To raise educational awareness among high school students, particularly at schools in low income areas, about the rights embedded in the constitution and the possibilities of a legal career with its various opportunities in a range of areas of law.
  • To conduct research and produce reports on the changing nature of law practice resulting from constitutional imperatives, market forces, technology and globalisation, and how these changes may impact legal education, especially the curriculum, assessment / evaluation, and teaching methodologies. 
  • In line with the goals of the UCT Vice-Chancellor, the project intends to ensure that every student who qualifies for admission to UCT Law is not denied access because of lack of funds.    The Law Faculty’s plan is to significantly increase the number of available bursaries to students in need of financial support.  

Wondering how you can contribute? 

There are many ways that Alumni, Faculty and Friends can support the Faculty’s campaign to build, improve and drive the continued excellence in all that the Faculty offers.  Contributions can be made to the Growing a Lawyer campaign by donating directly to UCT through:

  • using the online donation site at www.uct.ac.za/main/donating-to-uct/methods/online
  • completing a pledge form (we can mail one to you!)
  • a debit order facility
  • or by EFT

or by contacting Cindi De Oliveira in the Development & Alumni Department on cindy.deoliveira@uct.ac.za, or Gaby Ritchie in the Law Faculty's Development & Marketing Office on gaby.ritchie@uct.ac.za