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The Faculty is steeped in a culture of human rights and constitutionalism and is recognised and respected internationally. It offers a rigorous and relevant legal education with opportunities to specialise.

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    • Criminal Justice and Procedure

      The Department of Criminal Justice And Procedure offers a select menu of highly sought-after elective courses in criminal law, child justice, conveyancing, legal process, and comparative criminal justice. The Department also conducts and publishes internationally recognised research in these subject areas.

    • Mercantile and Labour Law

      The Department of Mercantile and Labour Law introduces students to the world of commercial and business law. The Department’s focus is on developing student and staffs’ critical thinking skills and supplying them with practical, transferable capabilities to positively contribute to the legal profession or corporate field.

    • Public Law and Jurisprudence

      The Department of Public Law and Jurisprudence prides itself on the extensive variety of courses it offers, both at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as its strong record of high quality research. In addition to the courses that are traditionally regarded as falling within public law and jurisprudence the Department presents a diverse menu of elective courses including, among others, Advanced Public Law, Environmental law, Gender Law, Immigration and Refugee Law, and the South African Bill of Rights.

    • Private Law

      The Department of Private Law continues to offer academic programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level on a range of topics including Legal Systems, Customary Law, Family Law, Property Law, Intellectual Property Law, Muslim Personal Law and Law of Trusts. Members of the Department also offer high level expertise and research in these specialist subjects.

    • Community Law Centre

      Established in 1990 to realise the democratic values and human rights enshrined in South Africa’s Constitution and promote good governance, socio-economic development and the protection of the rights of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. The CLC holds the NRF Research Chair in Multi-Level Governance for 2013.

    • Centre for Disability Law and Policy

      The first academic institute on the African continent offering excellence in research and teaching in policy and law pertaining to persons with disabilities in Africa. As well as offering masters' and doctoral programmes, CDLP collaborates with national and international state and non-state actors with as focus on capacity building and monitoring disability rights.

    • South African-German Centre for Development Research and Criminal Justice - Criminal Justice Division

      Set up in 2008 as one of the five Centres of Excellence in Africa, supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the German Foreign Office. The Criminal Justice Division of the Centre is based in the Law Faculty and runs the LLM and PhD programme "Transnational Criminal Justice and Crime Prevention - An International and African Perspective" in conjunction with the Law Faculty of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

    • Legal Aid Clinic

      The Legal Aid Clinic has the reputation of being one of the leading legal clinics in South Africa; through its provision of quality legal services to the local community. The Clinic gives senior law students a high-quality, experiential clinical legal education. The Clinic is accredited and operates with the permission of the Cape Law Society and in compliance with the rules of Cape Law Society.

    • Social Law Project

      A dynamic research and training unit staffed by a core of legal professionals specialising in labour and social security law. It provides training services in labour and social security law with a focus on client-specific training needs, and conducts applied research supportive of the development of employment rights and rights-based culture in the workplace.


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    Our Faculty’s greatest service to our country and continent is providing a nurturing environment for Africa’s legal talent to blossom: a “cradle of Africa’s legal talent”

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