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UCT's LLB Accreditation

The University of Cape Town's  LLB programme remains accredited.

South Africa's Council on Higher Education (CHE) administers the accreditation of South African university degree programmes.  The CHE began the process of LLB accreditation across the country's tertiary institutions some years ago, which involved the development of a National Standard for LLB Accreditation - a standard against which all university-based LLB programmes have been measured.

Part of this process was for each university to develop a self-evaluation report, and to then develop an improvement plan based on what need to be improved on and further developed.  In November 2017 the CHE informed the University of Cape Town that it needed an improvement plan that more fully addressed certain key areas - which included, amongst others, full inclusion of transformational constitutionalism into course content; and improved co-ordination across the LLB programme courses.  The university was given until May 2018 to deliver an updated and comprehensive plan that addressed the longer-term development of the LLB programme. The university was informed that should it fail to deliver its plan timeously, it's LLB accreditation might be withdrawn.

The university worked tirelessly to ensure that this report was submitted timeously, and will continue to engage with the CHE in this regard. 

There are a number of documents that serve to clarify and highlight the CHE accreditation process.  These include:

  1. the South African Law Deans Association (SALDA) - explanation of the different accreditation standings assigned to SA universities by the CHE (November 2017)
  2. a letter from the Dean of Law to the Faculty community, alumni, friends and supporters (November 2017)