The Faculty of Law offers numerous undergraduate courses for the LLB programmes (core courses and electives, and a whole range of postgraduate courses at the postgraduate diploma and LLM level.
The Law Faculty Handbook is jam-packed with detailed information on course offerings for the academic year. Each course is described, including the course code, course title, course level, the convenor's name, entry requirements, DP requirements, and assessment mechanisms. You will find everything you need in this handbook for LLB, PGDip and LLM programmes.
Detailed course information is also available at each of our three departmental sites - the Department of Private Law; the Department of Commercial Law; and the Department of Public Law, so head over to those sites for Department- specific information. You will also see who teaches which courses and be able to read about your lecturers research interests and focus areas.
Our postgraduate programmes are housed by the School for Advanced Legal Studies - so apart from the information in the Faculty handbook, you can also find detailed information about what is on offer on the School's website.
Final Year electives offered in the Faculty of Law
The list of elective options for LLB students in their Final Year is available in the Law Faculty Handbook, on pp 31 - 35 (under Lecture and Examination electives, and Seminar and Research Paper electives, offered by each of our three departments). These options are repeated on pp61 - 62. We have included the electives list here for easy download - but please consult the Law Faculty Handbook for course details. PLEASE NOTE - Criminal Justice and the Constitution (PBL4602F) is not on offer in 2024.
- The Professional Law Courses Unit
Besides teaching courses on the LLB programmes, the Faculty is also home to the Professional Law Courses Unit which delivers professional Law courses (also known as "service courses") to undergraduate students in other Faculties. These courses include Business Law courses, Company Law courses and Law for Engineers, offered in the Faculties of Commerce, Humanities and Engineering & the Built Environment.
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.
Legal Practice through the Law Clinic
One of the Faculty's highlight courses is the course in Legal Practice (DOL 4500F/S), offered by the UCT Law Clinic - which provides students with insight into, and handson experience with, client case management. Legal Practice affords students the opportunity of receiving a full credit for community service, in fulfilment of the current LLB curriculum requirements. Students taking final year courses may be interested in taking the Legal Practice elective, as an important course for every law student particularly if those intending to practice. For those not intending to practice, the course provides key insights into how justice works or does not work in South Africa.
Past students who have gone on to do their articles have confirmed how this course has helped them. Watch out for registration alerts towards the end of each year, for the following year's enrolment.
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 customised courses for various institutions where training is required for groups within those institutions. For more information on their courses, you can visit their website.