SHAWCO Law is a project under SHAWCO Education, led by UCT law students, whereby UCT Law Students have the opportunity to teach and mentor grade 8 and 9 learners from SHAWCO-served community high schools on topics of law and broader socio-economic matters. A predetermined curriculum is taught each week with an emphasis on student participation and engagement. The aim of this project is to promote responsible citizenship and cultivate informed communities, while at the same time growing the confidence of these high school learners.

SHAWCO Law is committed to two schools situated in Khayelitsha and Manenberg and we currently have over 100 learners enrolled in the programme. The society aspires to empower our participants by endeavouring to make the law more accessible by focusing on the various rights enshrined and protected in the Constitution and how they practically apply.

As much as the programme is geared towards legal education, SHAWCO Law is founded on forming relationships with the participants beyond the teaching structure, and facilitating learning beyond the curriculum. Additionally, the program provides tools for learners to direct their concerns through proper channels whereby their issues can be resolved. Volunteers are at no point allowed to provide legal advice and hours may count towards the community service programme (DOL3001X) and UCT Plus awards.

SHAWCO Law executive committee 2022

Project Manager: Aqilah Regal

Admin and Logistics: Nqobile Dubazane

Participant Relations Coordinator: Lauren Schaefer 

Curriculum, Evaluations and Marketing Coordinator: Yumna Ederies 

Curriculum and Evaluations Coordinator: Thandokazi Maxakatha 

Events And Marketing Coordinator: Zeta Gertson 

Volunteer Relations Coordinator: Confi Moerane 

Volunteer Relations Coordinator: Amarah Sadan 

Finance And Funding Coordinator: Julian Mort

To find out more about the programme you can contact the committee at You can follow us on our social media platforms on: 

LinkedIn: SHAWCO Law (LAWCO)  

Instagram: @shawco_law

Twitter: @SHAWCO_Law 

Facebook: SHAWCO Law (LAWCO)

SHAWCO law committee in matching t-shirts smiling at camera

Students in classroom setting teaching learners
Students in classroom setting teaching learners