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Orientation and Registration

General Information

  • Where do i find the information I need?

All formal communication with students and prospective students will be done via your UCT student email. Please monitor your UCT email and keep a careful eye out for all key information on registration, orientation, course details, university matters pertinent to students, and other logistics with reference to your responsibilities as a UCT student.

  • Orientation and Registration Information

Please ensure you have the correct registration deadlines diarised as late registration will attract a penalty fee of R2000.

ALL REGISTRATION QUERIES must be emailed to lawreg-ug@uct.ac.za - those sending queries to any other email address will experience a delay in getting a response.

Registration for returning students for 2022

All registered and returning law students will have received this important information about 2022 Registration via UCT student email - provided here for easy access. Please take note of the details, dates and deadlines.

Orientation for 2022

PLEASE KEEP CHECKING BACK FOR UPDATED 2022 INFORMATION, AND TO NOTE DATES AND VENUES FOR SYNCHRONOUS (LIVE) ACTIVITIES. Please note that due to changes related to covid and other factors, details may change so you must keep checking and confirming you have the lastest information.

The University of Cape Town runs an intensive orientation programme for its students, particularly (but not only) for first years. 

Orientation for Law students in 2022 will be a combination of online and on-campus activities, in line with the university's low-density approach to first semester teaching. The Faculty will send students the applicable information and relevant links. Orientation for undergraduate LLB students is compulsory for all students coming into the Faculty for the first time.

Orientation for all students is designed to ensure you receive all the information you need to navigate student life. The programme will provide information about your campus; the available facilities for students including library, IT support and student wellness services; your Faculty and who is who; and the multitude of opportunities available to students through law students societies, sports clubs and other general UCT student societies.

The Orientation programme for your level will emphasise the skills that you need to engage with learning successfully and includes a three-day academic orientation programme that will equip students with skills that are key to excelling in higher education. 

Graduate LLB students (3-year programme) will be offered a condensed version of the academic preparedness programme, in conjunction with a short introductory programme titled Introduction to South African Law. It is hugely beneficial for graduate students to complete this programme as it prepares them for their core courses as determined by the curriculum for the 3-year LLB programme.

Orientation Leaders are appointed to assist first-year students as they make their way through the online materials. Students will be divided into smaller groups and orientation leaders will engage with their assigned small group to make sure that all first-years are welcomed and have a friendly forum to ask questions and raise any concerns. All first-year law students will be assigned a mentor who is a senior law student for the entire first year of studies.

The Orientation Programme will offer you, amongst other things:

  1. an introduction to your Law Students Council (the LSC) - and you can get to know who your representatives are and how they can assist and support you (and vice versa!)
  2. an introduction to key staff in the Faculty of Law, including the Dean and the relevant teaching staff
  3. guidance with your course choices and the registration process
  4. insight into the LLB programme stream for which you are registered (4-year, Combined Stream 2-year LLB or Graduate 3-year LLB)
  5. spotlights on different careers in Law, and the broad range of options open to LLB graduates
  6. how to use the Law Library 
  7. how to access the UCT computer networks and the computer labs - and support with IT skills
  8. the importance for first year students of the Law Mentoring programme run by the Law Students Council
  9. guidelines for online studying.

Orientation for undergraduate LLB students is compulsory for all students coming into the Faculty. Don't miss this opportunity - it's the lifeline that will introduce the first-year class and students new to UCT to the campus, the life of the University and how things work in the Law Faculty. In the past, attendees have considered the Law Faculty Orientation programme to be amazing! As we chart new territory in the blended/hybrid space, join us to make 2022 an even more amazing Orientation session!

Registration

Registration is the process by which you sign up for courses which you must complete to be awarded the degree. Registration for the 2022 academic year will take place primarily online - but watch your UCT email for details. New students - you will need to register for your Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree on designated dates during Orientation Week.

Further information will be communicated by the Faculty Office directly to students who have received offers.

Registration of returning students

For returning students, registration opens in January (or early Feb if you wrote supplementary or deferred exams and after your academic standing has been updated). 

Electives

The Humanities Course list for 4-year LLB students is available here. This list should be consulted carefully so that you have full information on the non-law course options that are available to you during your degree. Check in here to ensure you have an up-to-date list from which to identify your preferred course choice.

As you are aware you are required to take language courses as part of the undergraduate LLB degree curriculum. Please check what the teaching arrangements are in Humanities with regard to covid conditions, as these may differ from the Law Faculty's arrangements.

Concession Applications

If you would like to apply for a concession please complete the appropriate form LAW 02 (available for download here) and submit it to the Deputy Dean with a copy of your academic record - deadlines apply so please check your email for details, or check back here for updates. (A concession includes any departure from the standard curriculum prescribed for any particular level of the LLB).

Laptop Requirements

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 and access to online materials 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.  The basic requirements to operate on the UCT network are:

  • Intel Core i3 (or i5 if budget allows)
  • 4 GB RAM (8 GB if budget allows – the advice is that more RAM & i3 is better than less RAM & i5)

  • Go for the longest battery life that you can afford.   For maximum advantage, machines with solid state drives (SSD) have much longer battery life than machines with mechanical parts (e.g. disk drives and DVD drives) and also weigh less, which is quite an advantage when carrying bags around campus).

  • IEEE 802.11 wireless

  • Windows OS (UCT has moved to the Windows 10 environment)

Apple Mac users running MacOS will have to get virtual desktop software, and UCT’s ICTS department can advise on this.

Further details of the laptop specifications and Information Technology facilities offered by UCT are available at:  http://www.icts.uct.ac.za/student-computing - please ensure you are familiar with these requirements.

The use of laptops is intended to promote ‘paperless’ teaching in the interests of a greener, more sustainable environment - and 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 a critical skills component for every UCT graduate.

First-year students receiving financial aid from NSFAS or UCT will be assisted with laptops. In addition, all students will have been informed about the "opt-in" laptop scheme whereby you can purchase a laptop from the university and the cost will be added to your fee account. This is not a loan laptop, but is based on purchase.

NSFAS and Financial Aid students will be provided with further information directly but must note that they will have to attend a Reception Meeting on campus to collect their laptops.

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