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Orientation for Law Students

Undergraduate LLB Orientation Programme available here | Graduate LLB programme [to be advised]

The full calendar of undergraduate and postgraduate orientation programmes and registration dates and deadlines is available here.  Please ensure you have the correct registration dates diarised as late registration will attract a penalty fee of R2000.


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

These sessions take place during UCT's Orientation fortnight, the main student-centred opportunity to get to know 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 sports clubs and other societies.

Look here for more information on O-Week at UCT:  http://www.dsa.uct.ac.za/student-orientation/orientation-faqs and http://www.dsa.uct.ac.za/orientation-programmes

In addition to general orientation activities on Plaza Week on the UCT Plaza, where all the societies and clubs share information about their activities and about joining, each Faculty runs a programme of introduction.  There are two programmes for LLB students - the first is a 3-day orientation to UCT, to the Law Faculty, to Law as a career, and to life as a Law student.  The second is a 2-day course for graduate LLB students ONLY (3-year programme) that serves as an introduction to South African Law.

In anticipation of the arrival of the first year class of  2020 at UCT, the Law Students' Council (LSC) is organising an exciting student-centred Orientation programme from Weds 29 Jan to Friday 31 Jan - a programme that we know will really help our first-year students to settle quickly into all aspects of university life.  

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. 

The 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 first-year 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, 5-year, Combined Stream or Graduate LLB)
  5. spotlights on different careers in Law, and the broad range of options open to LLB graduates
  6. a tour of the Kramer Law Building so you know where to find lecture theatres, tutorial rooms, support, your professors and tutors, and the cafeteria
  7. how to use the Law Library 
  8. how to access the UCT computer networks and the computer labs - and support with IT skills
  9. the importance for first year students of the Law Mentoring programme run by the Law Students Council.


Each member of the first-year class of 2020 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 2020 an even MORE amazing Orientation session!

PLEASE NOTE:  Orientation for Graduate LLB students (Law for Non-Law Students), who have already completed a first degree, takes place over two separate days on 6 - 7 Feb.  Watch this space for the Law for Non-Law Students programme


(For electives, see below)

For new students, you will need to register for your Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree once you have completed the Orientation programme. Registration is the process by which you sign up for courses which you must complete to be awarded the degree.

Remote or online registration has opened for returning students who are South African, in good academic standing and who do not have supplementary / deferred exams. The deadline for submission is Tuesday, 22 January 2020. Please allow FIVE working days for your registration to be processed. Please check peoplesoft to ensure that you have been registered correctly. Eligible students are strongly encouraged to make use of the online registration facility (available to first-time entering students from 31 January).  Physical registration dates for 2020 are available at http://www.law.uct.ac.za/orientation-and-registration-dates

If you are not eligible for early remote/online registration, please consult the registration timetable and diarise the correct slot for you to register in person for the 2020 academic year. Reminder: Later registration will attract a penalty fee.


The Humanities Course list for Law students is available here, along with a table of course electives that fit into the prescribed Law timetable. These should be consulted together.  for more information on the non-law course options that are available to you during your degree. Check in to ensure you have an up-to-date list from which to identify your preferred course choice.

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 by Monday, 27 January 2020.

A concession would include any departure from the standard curriculum prescribed for any particular level of the LLB.


All Law graduates are required to demonstrate the level of numerical proficiency deemed appropriate for lawyers.  LLB students are expected to complete the course Law that Counts: Quantitative Literacy for Law [MAM1013F].  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.  

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

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.

First-year students receiving financial aid from NSFAS or UCT will be assisted with laptops. Please check in with Undergraduate Financial Aid, 3rd Floor, Kramer Building (Middle Campus).

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.