The Faculty of Law, UCT's smallest Faculty, is home to three departments (Commercial Law, Private Law and Public Law) along with many research centres focused on researching Law and contributing to excellence in teaching Law.
The Faculty is also home to an energetic and active student body, with more than 1,100 students at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Studying Law can feel a bit daunting - some have said that Law can feel like a whole new language. We have compiled some basic information for first-years, on UCT resources, studying tips and tools, emergency phone numbers, who's who in the Law Faculty, information on two Law clinics, and more – in an easy-to-read "Did You Know?"
The Faculty is absolutely delighted to share the news that Professor Philippe-Joseph Salazar, Co-Director of the Centre for Rhetoric Studies in the Department of Private Law, has once again been awarded an A1 rating by the National Research Foundation.
Currently, less than 7% of the world's oceans are protected - but UCT Law Alumnus Lewis Pugh has made it his life's work to change that. Pugh was invited by Queen Elizabeth II to speak at the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey this week, where he took the opportunity to urge Commonwealth leaders to fully protect at least 30% of the world's oceans by 2030.
We attract excellent students from diverse backgrounds, ensuring a rich learning environment. As the smallest Faculty at UCT, with close to 1,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students annually, the rigour of our degree programmes leads to UCT Law graduates being highly sought after, not only in South Africa but also internationally. In addition, the Faculty hosts at least 11 world-class research units, focused on various aspects of legal practice and implementation.
Democracy and Social Justice
At the UCT Faculty of Law we are committed to furthering the goals of the Constitution, and our aim is to develop the next generation of skilled legal professionals who will ensure the maintenance and strengthening of an open, free and democratic South Africa. The Faculty’s mission is to ensure knowledgeable, articulate, skilled and critically-minded graduates able to play an influential role in ensuring social justice here and further afield. Our core objective remains teaching and research, but we are committed to maintaining a clear awareness of the social and global context in which our graduates will find their place.
Theory and Practice
The Faculty’s Law graduates are known for their capacity not only in legal theory, and its application, but also in their achievement of practical experience in law. This is a result of our unique requirement that to graduate, all students must have completed 30 hours of probono community service. It is also a result of the Faculty’s superb moot court facility – where students learn to present legal argument in a court-like setting. It is further a result of the Faculty’s local and international academic and professional networks which ensure that we are able to secure the best opportunities for students to gain experience elsewhere during their student years.