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University of Capetown

The University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Law is ranked the top law school in Africa (by Quacquarelli Symonds). Although we are the smallest Faculty at the University of Cape Town (UCT), and the oldest law school in South Africa, our footprint is large – whether we’re talking about the impact of our staff and students on society, or the achievements and largesse of our alumni, or the diversity and impact of our research. The Faculty strives to make a significant contribution to legal education and intellectual discourse, both nationally and internationally.

The UCT Faculty of Law offers the LLB degree (which can be achieved in various ways), as well as a wide offering of postgraduate qualifications. At the Faculty’s School for Advanced Legal Studies, students can pursue postgraduate diplomas in a range of law specialisations; they can undertake a LLM either by coursework only, by coursework and dissertation, or by dissertation only; and students can pursue their doctoral degree at our Faculty. With 13 different research units, and two specialist legal aid clinics (one focused on access to justice for impoverished people, and the other focused on refugee rights), the Faculty is able to ensure wide impact of its work in both research and practice.

With about 1400 students registered each year, and over 100 academic staff, UCT Law is a busy, energetic environment. About 19% of our students are international, mostly at the postgraduate level, bringing great perspectives from elsewhere into the teaching, learning and research mix. UCT has a dedicated international programmes officeto assist international students in applying and registering for, and navigating, their law degrees.

UCT Law is the proud home of the Brand van Zyl Law Library, the Oliver Tambo Moot Court, and a range of other excellent teaching and research facilities. With expertise in every legal field, and flagship programmes in Intellectual Property, Criminology, Commercial Law, Labour Law and Human Rights (amongst many others), the UCT Law School carries a proud tradition of being the alma mater to world-renowned legal practitioners, members of the judiciary locally and internationally, and human rights activists who have had world-wide impact through their work.

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