Faculty of Law
Research Excellence at University of Pretoria

Research at the University of Pretoria (UP) is at the apex of the University’s long-term strategic plan, UP 2025, which is to be a leading research-intensive university in Africa. Equally important is the University’s international visibility and the impact of its research and innovation on socio-economic development in South Africa and in the region. UP therefore deliberately balances its focus on research and innovation and the partnerships fostered by creating an environment that is conducive to scholarly pursuits. A wide range of research and professional areas underscores the strength of UP in research and postgraduate education, and also the areas in which UP is positioned as a research leader in Africa and internationally.

UP has been home to some of Africa’s most significant leaders in research. Each year the increasing number of National Research Foundation-rated researchers is evidence of the University’s commitment to attracting and retaining researchers of the highest distinction, as well as young researchers with the potential for research excellence.

It is through the sustained individual and collective actions of our researchers that UP continues to strengthen its identity as a leading research-intensive university in Africa.

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Welcome to the Faculty of Law

The Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria is the top law school in Africa and among the world’s best law schools. We have internationally recognised programmes in all our disciplines.We are home to the world-renowned Centre for Human Rights, which has a stellar record for promoting justice and equality around the world and in Africa in particular. Our expertise as a faculty is recognised at the highest levels, with some of our academics being representatives at the United Nations.
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Welcome to the University of Pretoria, and thanks for choosing UP! Our Faculty of Law is ranked as the best place to study law in South Africa, and Africa, and we are in the top 100 law schools in the world - a feat unequalled in Africa.

We have professional links to the world’s most prestigious international bodies such as the United Nations, the European Union, the African Union, the World Bank and foreign universities.

So you can imagine that with the high quality of teaching and learning support we provide, employers are keen to hire our graduates. The legal profession is a demanding one, but the skills you will learn at UP Law will prepare you to be among the best in the field. It does not matter whether you choose an LLB, a BCom Law or a BA Law, you will have access to support from your faculty, and to some of our tailored programmes which will help you land your first job or start your own business.

You’ll be able to adjust to the world beyond university, as you’ll have the high quality of teaching and learning that is part of THE UP WAY of life. This means you’ll be able to use your skills to have a positive impact on South Africa and the world, and use your critical thinking skills to innovate and be a well-rounded, ethical individual who’s an asset to society and the workplace.

Many of our alumni have reached the apex of careers in law, some serving as judges in the high courts, the Supreme Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court, where they are playing a significant role in the execution of justice. A number of graduates have also taken up important positions in government.

Our academics worked closely on developing South Africa’s internationally acclaimed constitution, and are still very prominent role players in the legal sphere. If you register for one of our legal programmes, you’ll be able to follow in their illustrious footsteps too and achieve your own personal best.

We are a UP Law community of commitment. Commitment to justice and fairness to each other, and to our country and the world. We invite you to become part of the finest group of law students assembled in South Africa next year. Choose wisely, Choose UP!

Academic Programmes

Postgraduate programmes

A postgraduate qualification in law facilitates critical thought, develops legal research skills, and leads to a deeper understanding of the nature of law, of legal reasoning, of legal systems and legal institutions. It enhances specialisation in a particular field. It can boost your earning potential, change your career track and make you a more competitive force in the legal profession.

Research Areas

The Faculty of Law has an extensive postgraduate programme that ties in with its main research focus areas. These include: Air and Space Law; Child Law; Extractive Industries Law; Family Law; Law and Medicine; Banking Law; Consumer Protection; Insolvency, Labour and Corporate Law; Law of Contract, Social Justice, Human Rights and the right to life; Development and Trade Law; and Intellectual Property Law.

These focus areas not only establish UP’s Faculty of Law as a research leader, but the research done by our staff in these focus areas further feeds into our post-graduate student programmes.

We aim to create an enabling environment in which our postgraduate students and their supervisors can function optimally. Our supervisors provide academic guidance and mentorship to students and are key role players in the administrative efficiency of postgraduate study.

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After selecting your postgraduate programme, you will need to identify a supervisor to give you  academic support and help you achieve a high standard of research outputs during your postgraduate journey. At UP we place strong emphasis on academic excellence and innovation and strive to provide a supportive environment for all our postgraduate students to thrive.

Choosing a supervisor plays a crucial role in empowering students to become independent thinkers, skilled researchers and influential contributors in their chosen fields. Supervisors also play a pivotal role in helping students shape their research topics, refine methodologies and navigate the complex landscape of academia.

During your postgraduate studies, you have the chance to work closely with your supervisors, receiving personalised attention and guidance. This close relationship allows for constructive feedback, brainstorming sessions and the development of critical thinking skills.

If you are considering postgraduate studies at UP, rest assured that you will be embarking on an exciting journey of intellectual exploration, personal growth and professional development. By choosing UP you will have the opportunity to work alongside exceptional supervisors, collaborate with exceptional peers and make a lasting impact in your chosen discipline.

Find a suitable supervisor for your chosen area of research here

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Institutes, Centres and Units

In line with its mission of pursuing recognition and excellence in its core functions of research, teaching and learning, as well as integrating engagement with society and communities, UP consolidates many of its research, teaching and engagement activities in 100 institutes, centres and units in the faculties.

A significant number of South African Research Chairs (funded by the South African Research Chairs Initiative), as well as research chairs funded by industry, are housed in these institutes, centres and units. Research themes spanning expertise across departments or faculties are often also based in these institutes, centres and units.

The Faculty of Law at UP houses a number of Centres, Institutes, Clinics, Research Chairs & Units:

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Postgraduate Studies at the University of Pretoria

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Funding Opportunities

As a postgraduate student or prospective student at UP, there are a number of research resources available to you to identify suitable research funding opportunities. Apart from the University, many companies and institutions offer scholarships and bursaries for postgraduate studies. The University manages a number of financial funds on behalf of institutions who provide such funding. Applications for financial assistance, bursaries or funding must be submitted concurrently while you apply for admittance to your postgraduate programme. Funding is subject to approval and availability.

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Postgraduate Accommodation

If you are looking for that special place you can call your home away from home, then a residence at the University of Pretoria (UP) is just the place for you. With us, you will find an environment that is conducive to working and studying hard.

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Jakaranda Residence

Protea Mbalenhle Residence


Xayata Residence

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