The Faculty currently serves and prepares our student community for the legal profession and its rigorous demands. We have highly qualified academic and support staff who help to produce the next generation of legal professionals.
As the law is increasingly becoming multifaceted and in certain areas more global, the Faculty maintains professional relations with many international bodies, such as the United Nations (UN), the European Union (EU), the African Union (AU), the World Bank and foreign universities.
Over the years, the Faculty has produced alumni who 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 have played a significant role in strengthening our judiciary. A number of graduates have also taken up important positions in government. Our academics worked closely on developing South Africa’s internationally acclaimed constitution.
At the undergraduate level, the Faculty offers a four-year LLB degree. However, the majority of our students first enrol for a BCom (Law) or BA (Law) degree. We aim to produce LLB graduates who are thoroughly equipped with the required knowledge and skills to follow any of the established career paths in law. With this aim in mind, the Faculty reviewed the LLB curriculum and decided to place greater emphasis on an enquiry-led approach in teaching with a view to improving the research skills of our students and to prepare our students for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. You will learn practical legal skills, which includes written and oral communication, legal research, drafting and mooting.
In order to instil social conscience and develop practical skills among our students, the Faculty boasts a Law Clinic that ranks among the best in the country. The Law Clinic provides basic legal services to indigent members of society and is serviced by senior law students under the expert guidance of qualified attorneys. Final-year LLB students may enrol for a practical course at the Clinic, thereby acquiring legal skills and obtaining credits for two final-year LLB electives. The Faculty is also very proud of its Centre for Child Law, the members of which have argued seminal cases dealing with the rights of children in the Constitutional Court.
As a TuksLaw student, you will be part of a vibrant and growing Faculty of Law, University and community. The Faculty offers many opportunities for students to develop themselves in all spheres. Law House, the Faculty’s student house, is responsible for a range of extramural activities, including academic, sports, cultural and social events, such as the annual Law Faculty Festival. This event has become a celebrated feature on our calendar and a platform for students and staff to showcase their talents. The Festival has proven that a positive experience of student life, linked to quality legal education, facilitates good and lasting relationships with the alumni of the Faculty. Members of the Faculty’s Moot Society excel in local and international moot court competitions and our teams regularly achieve top honours at these events. TuksLaw students serve the University of Pretoria’s student community through the Constitutional Tribunal and Student Disciplinary Advisory Panel.
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