University of Fort Hare Faculty of Law

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University of Fort Hare Faculty of Law

University of Fort Hare Faculty of Law

Welcome to the Nelson R. Mandela School of Law

Welcome to the Nelson R. Mandela School of Law. The Faculty of Law was established in 1961 and received permission to rename itself after former President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela in 1998. The School of Law was formally established under that name in 2002.  It is my honour to introduce you to our School.

Dr. Nombulelo Lubisi
Dean: Faculty of Law

Nelson R Mandela School of Law

The vision of the Faculty is to be a center of excellence in legal education renowned for outstanding teaching and research driven by an uncompromising commitment to the pursuit of justice and service to humanity in South Africa in general and the Eastern Cape in particular.
In pursuit of the above vision, the Faculty’s mission is to produce law graduates who are both excellent in their technical competence and passionate about participating in socio-economic development processes. It will design and deliver social justice promotion training programs aimed at facilitating social service delivery and undertake research that is comparable with the best.
  • Mercantile Law
  • Private Law
  • Public Law
  • Adjectival Law
  • UNESCO Oliver Tambo Centre for Human Rights
  • Speculum Juris  Law Journal

Faculty of Law

Qualification Campus Duration (years) Faculty Level
1. Diploma in Local Government Law and Administration East London Campus 3 Faculty of Law Undergraduate
2. Diploma in Local Government Law and Administration Alice Campus 3 Faculty of Law Undergraduate
3. Bachelor of Laws Alice Campus 4 Faculty of Law Undergraduate

Bachelor of Laws – (4-Year Programme)

The LLB is now the only degree recognized for entry into the legal profession. The qualifications that a person must fulfill in order to be admitted to study for the degree depending on the qualification they currently hold and the LLB degree choice they intend to pursue.

As stated in General Rule 2.6 and Annexure 7 of the Faculty Prospectus, “A student who wishes to register for any program in law, may be required by Senate to submit testimonials in support of his/her application for admission; and/or o Attend an interview; and/or o Undergo an admission test.”


The new National Senior Certificate (NSC) or a matriculation exemption/endorsement must be in possession of an applicant in order to meet the legal minimum criterion for admission to degree study in South Africa. The University’s Senate Discretionary Exemption (SDE) concession may allow applicants who do not meet the aforementioned legal minimum criterion to be accepted, but they will still need to meet extra curriculum requirements. Faulty of law prospectus

Contact Us:

Nelson R Mandela School of Law,
The University of Fort Hare,
Private Bag X9083,
East London, 5200
Faculty Manager,
Ms. Z. Mkiva
Tel: 043-704 7521
Fax:086 623 9561
Assistant Faculty Manager,
Ms. P. Zinto
Tel:043 704 7530/7539

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