Law At The University Of Cape Town

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Law At The University Of Cape Town

Law At The University Of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Law programs provide an outstanding starting point for your career if you want to practice law and have a long-lasting impact on society. Some of the best legal brains in Africa have come out of the UCT Faculty of Law’s long history of academic success. UCT offers an unmatched environment to develop your legal talents and forge your future profession with its extensive curriculum, illustrious faculty, and active legal community.

Welcome to the Faculty of Law

Although the Faculty of Law at UCT may be the smallest, it has a significant impact on society via the work of its faculty, students, and alumni, as well as through the diversity of its research. The Faculty aspires to significantly contribute to intellectual discourse and legal education on a national and worldwide level.

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Law Courses

The Faculty of Law offers a wide variety of postgraduate courses at the postgraduate diploma and LLM levels in addition to several undergraduate courses for the LLB programs (both core courses and electives).

The Law Faculty Handbook is crammed with information about the academic year’s course offerings in great detail. The course code, title, level, convenor’s name, entry requirements, DP requirements, and evaluation procedures are all listed for each course. This guidebook contains all the information you want for the LLB, PGDip, and LLM programs.

Legal Practice through the Law Clinic

The UCT Law Clinic’s course in legal practice (DOL 4500F/S), one of the faculty’s standout offerings, gives students insight into and practical experience with client case management. Students have the chance to receive full credit for their community service through Legal Practice, fulfilling the criteria of the current LLB curriculum. Legal Practice optional is a subject that all law students should take, but those planning to practice in particular should consider taking it if they are in their final year of study. The course offers important insights into how justice does or does not function in South Africa for people who do not plan to practice.

UCT Law@work

Law@work is a self-funding unit within UCT’s Faculty of Law. It runs short courses, seminars, and workshops on topical legal issues. It is continually introducing new courses and is called upon to compile customized courses for various institutions where training is required for groups within those institutions. For more information on their courses, you can visit their website.

The Professional Law Courses Unit

The Faculty also hosts the Professional Law Courses Unit, which offers professional law courses (sometimes known as “service courses”) to undergraduate students in other Faculties in addition to teaching courses for the LLB programs. These classes, which are available in the faculties of commerce, humanities, and engineering & the built environment, include business law courses, company law courses, and law for engineers.

Full details on the courses offered, the Unit staff, and the lecturers who teach these courses are available on the Professional Law Courses Unit pages on the Department of Commercial Law’s site.

Applying to UCT Law

You’re interested in studying Law, and you’d like to know where to start. 

You have come to the right place – all the information you need is at the links below. For information on postgraduate Law programs, head over to the School for Advanced Legal Studies.

CHOOSE LAW – a booklet with all the info you need about studying Law at UCT

Please take note of the following crucial details regarding the UCT application platform and choose the best LLB degree program for you:

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I: Applications are accepted from 3 April to 31 July 2023 for admission to all LLB programs in 2024.

II: The application video linked above provides details on the three options they provide for LLB study. The 3-year graduate LLB, the 4-year undergraduate LLB, and the 2-year graduate dual stream LLB are all regarded as undergraduate degrees, so applicants must adhere to the procedures and deadlines outlined for undergraduate applications.

III: Please see these three graphics, which illustrate the decisions you must make at specific points in the application process, for further information on how to apply for the graduate LLB options (2-year mixed stream or 3-year):

Become a member of the UCT Faculty of Law today to get started on the road to success in your career.


Faculty of Law,
The University of Cape Town,
Private Bag X3,
7701 South Africa

+27 (0)21 650 3086


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