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Studying Law at the University of Pretoria

Why UP Law?

How to choose between a BA (Law), BCom (Law) or straightforward four-year LLB Degree

The Faculty

Message from the Dean

Dean of the Faculty of Law: Prof Elsabe Schoeman

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!

Explore Our Campus

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The University of Pretoria's (UP) Hatfield Campus is situated in Lynnwood Road, Hillcrest, in the eastern suburbs of Pretoria. The campus is one of the most picturesque in the country. It is spread over 24 hectares and also houses most of the University's residences. The lively Hatfield cosmopolitan shopping area is within walking distance of UP's residences.

Academic Programmes

The University of Pretoria (UP) has earned the well-deserved reputation for teaching excellence for more than a century. Highly qualified academics, actively engaged in research and the generation of new knowledge, teach at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

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A Student's Perspective

A day in the life of a UP Law student

UP Voices

UP Voices

UP Voices

Student Accommodation

Welcome to TuksRes - "Your home away from home"

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TuksRes Intro

Hatfield Accommodation

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House Nala

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House Khutso

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House Mags

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Tuks Ekhaya

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House TAU

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The Tower

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Morula Legae

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Other Interests

Teaching and Learning during COVID-19

Teaching and Learning during COVID-19

Many of you may be wondering what the future holds for students at the University of Pretoria (UP). UP is continuously blazing a trail with innovative 21st century teaching and learning methods. Even in the midst of a pandemic, our academic year is well on its way to successful completion. We will continue to shape employable and sought-after graduates who are prepared to take on the challenges of the world.

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International Students

International Students

The University of Pretoria (UP) enhances its international standing through multifaceted internationalisation programmes. The programmes are facilitated and coordinated by the International Cooperation Division (ICD), who ensure that the doors of UP are always open to international students, academics, administrative staff, collaborative researchers, policymakers, funding organisations and other stakeholders.  On average, UP has over 4,000 international students annually.

The University of Pretoria (UP) enhances its international standing through multifaceted internationalisation programmes. The programmes are facilitated and coordinated by the International Cooperation Division (ICD), who ensure that the doors of UP are always open to international students, academics, administrative staff, collaborative researchers, policymakers, funding organisations and other stakeholders.  On average, UP has over 4,000 international students annually.

The internationalisation programmes spearheaded by the ICD include:

  • International students (including short-term exchange programmes, full academic programmes, joint degrees)
  • International programmes and agreements (including visiting professors, conference attendance, institutional agreements)
  • International mobility projects (students, academic staff and administrative staff covered)

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Financial Support

Financial Support

The University of Pretoria is proud of all the academic achievements of our students. And if you choose UP, we have the [email protected] Assist Financial Awards for new first-year students who have excelled academically.




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Students with disabilities

Students with disabilities

The University of Pretoria's Disability Unit supports students with disabilities in partnership with departments and faculties.

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The Javett Art Centre

The Javett Art Centre

With one foot firmly rooted in academia, and the other imbedded in the public, the Javett-UP makes the art of Africa accessible, relevant and engaging.

The building is on the south campus of the University of Pretoria and connects the Hatfield campus to the South Campus via a bridge over Lynnwood Road.

Underneath the building, the student gallery links UP’s Departments of Architecture and Visual Arts and a number of other exhibition spaces, housing various temporary exhibitions.

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Student accommodation and NSFAS

Student accommodation and NSFAS

Student accommodation is much more than just having a place to stay. Your student life at the University of Pretoria will be an unforgettable experience. The services and activities offered by TuksRes, which is UP's Department of Residence Affairs and Accommodation, will enhance your student experience as you become part of our community.

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Postgraduate Academic Support

Postgraduate Academic Support

The University of Pretoria (UP) values its people and strives to create an enabling environment to induct researchers into a productive research culture. It is crucially important that researchers obtain support and encouragement when completing postgraduate qualifications, applying for grants, becoming rated or receiving negative feedback on submitted papers or applications.

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Study Support

Study Support

As you embark on the amazing journey that is the life of a university student, the whole world is opening up to you.

You’ve chosen the University of Pretoria (UP) as your partner on this journey and we are honoured. We intend to stand with you every step of the way.

We strive to help you graduate on time with a range of support offerings to ensure that you can excel in an academically challenging environment.

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SRC and Student Life

SRC and Student Life

One of the best ways to make the most of your time at the University of Pretoria (UP) is to take advantage of all that our campus has to offer.

There are various student structures that organise the large variety of student life activities on campus. Experience new things, make a difference to your own life and the lives of others, and have fun doing so!

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Future Africa

Future Africa

The University of Pretoria’s Future Africa campus is the place where Africa’s leading scientists and scholars from across the world and from a broad range of disciplines come together to leverage the benefits of transdisciplinary research to address the grand challenges that face Africa and the world.

Issues of critical relevance to Africa are tackled: from sustainable development and good governance, citizen participation and human rights, to advancing innovation for the bioresource economy.

In a world where ideas and technologies evolve rapidly and the challenges we face are multifaceted and transnational, Africa needs a new generation of original thinkers with international perspectives, yet with a scholarly vision and voice that is rooted in Africa.

The Future Africa campus provides a dynamic living, learning and research environment where a community of scholars and other societal role players will engage to advance excellence in scholarship, dialogue and impact. Here the continent’s brightest young geneticists, chemists, economists, lawyers, engineers, social scientists and other specialists are able to work side by side in an environment that facilitates world-class creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.

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What next?

How to apply?

We're delighted that you're interested in studying with us.


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Any further questions?

Our Course Enquiries team are ready to hear from you. You can get in touch in the following ways:


  • Cnr Lynnwood Road and Roper Street
    South Africa
  • www.up.ac.za
  • 012 420 5241 / 012 420 5039
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