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 The history of the UWC law faculty starts with the establishment in 1960 of the University College of the Western Cape as a constituent college of the University of South Africa.

The history of the UWC law faculty starts with the establishment in 1960 of the University College of the Western Cape as a constituent college of the University of South Africa. In 1973 the Faculty of Commerce and Law was established, with the Law Faculty becoming independent on 1 January 1979. The Faculty today has approximately 2300 students (about 300 of whom are postgraduate students).

The Faculty offers a four-year and a five year (foundation) LLB degree while students can also choose to first complete a B.Com (law) degree in the Economic and Management Sciences Faculty and thereafter complete the LLB degree over two years. Master’s degrees offered by the Faculty allow one to specialise in Labour Law; Constitutional Theory; Environmental Law; Human Rights Protection; Law, State and Multilevel Government; Mercantile Law; International Trade, Investment and Business Law; Transnational Criminal Justice; and Criminal Justice. The Faculty has the expertise to provide supervision for a doctoral degree on a wide range of legal topics. The law degrees on offer enable one to become inter alia an advocate, attorney, prosecutor, magistrate, judge, legal advisor, consultant, mediator, researcher, legal editor, lecturer or professor. Those with law degrees can also work in various government departments (national, provincial and local) and in Parliament. Other career options with a law degree are Non-Governmental Organisations, Public Interest Organisations or international bodies such as the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund.

The Faculty consists of four departments: Criminal Justice and Procedure, Mercantile and Labour Law, Private Law, and Public Law and Jurisprudence. In addition, the Faculty hosts the Law Clinic, the Social Law Project, the South African-German Centre of Transnational Criminal Justice, and the Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights.

The Faculty of Law is a richly diverse Faculty and some staff members have roots in Ethiopia, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Belgium, Germany, France, and the Netherlands.

The Faculty is home to some of the best researchers in the country and currently has 12 NRF rated scholars, 6 of whom are B-rated.

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