The Dean's MessageWelcome to the UWC Law Faculty!
The UWC Law Faculty was established as an independent Faculty in 1979 and has a proud history in the struggle against apartheid as well as providing an excellent education in law. Many of its former staff and alumni have occupied and today still occupy high positions in academia, the judiciary, parliament, the executive, the legal profession and in business.
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The Faculty hosts a Law Clinic as well as four departments:
- Criminal Justice and Procedure;
- Mercantile and Labour Law;
- Private Law; and
- Public Law and Jurisprudence.
- the Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights (DOI);
- the Centre for Legal Integration in Africa (CLIA);
- the Centre for Transformative Regulation of Work (Centrow), which includes the Social Law Project (SLP);
- the African Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice; and
- the Global Environmental Law Centre (GELC).
The Faculty hosts students from at least 25 countries on the African continent and beyond, including Ethiopia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania, Liberia, Zimbabwe, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Yemen, Cameroon, Congo, Namibia, Burundi, Sierra Leone, DRC, Zambia, Malawi, Lesotho, Mauritius, Spain, and Turkey.
The Faculty has approximately 2400 students, of whom about 80 are doctoral students and 280 Master’s students. The Faculty has the expertise to provide supervision for doctoral degrees on a wide range of legal topics and offers specialised master’s degrees in law in a number of fields. The Faculty furthermore offers two postgraduate diplomas, which each take in around 50 new students every year:
- a postgraduate diploma in labour law, and
- a postgraduate diploma in public law.
- a four-year LLB programme, with 300 new entrants per year
- a five-year LLB programme (extended curriculum programme), with 80 new entrants per year
- a B Com (law) degree with 50 new entrants per year.
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 to work at Non-Governmental Organisations, Public Interest Organisations or international bodies such as the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund.
The Faculty is home to some of the best researchers in the country and currently has 15 National Research Foundation scholars, 7 of whom are B-rated.
Please join us in your journey towards a successful career in law.
Professor Jacques de Ville
Dean: Faculty of Law
History of Law FacultyThe 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 2,800 students (500+ of whom are postgraduate students) and 125 staff members, 50 of which are permanent academic appointments.
Mission, vision and values
Vision 2035By 2035, the Law Faculty wants to be widely recognised as one of the top law faculties on the African continent, as well as internationally, for the high quality of its academic programmes, the graduates it nurtures and develops, its research publications, and its social engagement, both in general, and in specialised fields.
Mission statementThe Faculty of Law –
- is welcoming, diverse, intellectually vigorous, transformative, as well as student-centred, and
- has a vibrant culture of research, learning, social engagement, and scholarly exchange.
ValuesIn line with the values recognised in the UWC IOP, and in pursuit of the Faculty’s vision, staff members and students will pursue these values in the following ways –
- academic excellence
- engagement and responsiveness
- integrity and accountability
- collegiality and collaboration
- inclusivity and diversity
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