A law programme cannot be great if only the privileged can participate. At UCT Law we seek to attract students who are academically talented and who bring to the classroom a diversity of personal and professional experiences and perspectives, regardless of their ability to fund their studies.

While South Africa’s National Student Financial Assistance Scheme (NSFAS) began funding full-cost tuition in 2018 for the poorest students, there remains a large group of LLB students who do not qualify for NSFAS, but who have a pressing need for financial support.

Your support for the Scholarship Programme can ensure that an eager law student can qualify with their LLB and move into the profession!

Advocate Fumisa Ngqele | LLB Class of 2016

Our Scholarship Programme, though, is not just for our LLB students.

UCT Law’s School for Advanced Legal Studies has become a destination programme for postgraduate studies in Law – for coursework programmes and degrees by research. With excellence in Faculty expertise and facilities, we attract postgraduate students from across the world.

Postgraduate studies are underfunded in South Africa, with very little funding available for Masters students enrolled in coursework programmes. Research degrees in Law are similarly underfunded.  It is critical that we are able to attract top students into these postgraduate programmes as our key route to building research expertise amongst young legal scholars.

Currently the Scholarship Programme invests about R2.2million each year on scholarship support for tuition for undergraduate and postgraduate study.

With your support we can do better. And more students can achieve their professional dream at UCT Law.

Looking for more information on our annual scholarship spend? We have drafted up an insightful report on how we invested your scholarship donations in 2020 - you can read it all here!