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. A Department of Law was established in the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy in 1970, which presented the BA (law) and LLB degrees. A B.Com (law) degree was at the time presented by the Department of Commerce. In 1973 the Faculty of Commerce and Law was established. The Law Faculty became an independent faculty on 1 January 1979 when the Faculty of Commerce and Law was divided in two: the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences and the Faculty of Law. The Law Faculty was first located in what is now the Education building, then in a ‘Prefab’ building which burned down, and later in what is now the ‘Old Arts’ building. In 1992 the Faculty moved to the current ‘law’ building. The Faculty today has approximately 2200 students (about 350 of whom are postgraduate students) and 100 staff members, 45 of whom are permanent academic appointments.
The Faculty will be hosting a number of events during the year to celebrate its past and to look towards the future. We would also like to re-connect with our alumni this year, and we ask you to check the events section on this page regularly.