Message from Dean Elsabe Schoeman


Dear prospective students/students/parents/foster parents/friends of the Faculty/staff members

It is UP Law's mission is to be an internationally recognised leader in socially relevant legal education and research in South Africa and globally. In pursuing its vision, UP Law has as its mission the creation and sustenance of a research and education environment that is grounded in values of social justice and excellence.

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.

At the undergraduate level, the Faculty offers a four-year LLB degree. However, the majority of our students first enrol for a BCom (Law) (Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences) or BA (Law) (Faculty of Humanities) degree.

We aim to produce LLB graduates with the required knowledge, critical thinking abilities, awareness of social and ethical responsibilities and the legal skills to follow any of the established career paths in law. With this aim in mind, UP Law is progressively placing greater emphasis on an inquiry-led approach teaching and learning model, to improve the research and problemsolving skills of our students, while simultaneously ensuring that they are work ready as graduates.

At the postgraduate level, we offer extensive master’s (LLM/MPhil) programmes (through coursework or research) and a doctoral (LLD/PhD) programme.

The Faculty currently employs approximately 70 dedicated full-time academics, of which 75% have doctoral degrees in various fields of the law. They are supported by highly motivated professional staff, and together they serve and prepare our student community for the various law-related career opportunities.

The legal profession is a demanding one, but the skills our students will learn at UP Law will prepare them to be amongst the best in the field. It does not matter whether prospective students choose an LLB, a BCom Law or BA Law degree, as they will have access to support from your Faculty and some of UP’s tailored programmes where they will learn how to land their first jobs or start their own business.

With the high quality of teaching and learning support we provide, employers are keen to hire our graduates. Our high standard of teaching and learning ensures that UP Law graduates acquire the required graduate skills demanded by the legal profession. Also, our UP Law graduates are able to adjust to the real world beyond university with relative ease. It is our objective to enable and empower our students to apply their in-depth knowledge and critical thinking skills to make a positive impact on South Africa and the world, as well-rounded, ethical individuals that are an asset to the workplace and society.

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. In fact, the current Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola, and Yvonne Dausab, the Namibian Minister of Justice, are UP Law alumni!  Prospective students are invited to join us to follow in their footsteps or create their own illustrious careers.

We are a UP Law community of commitment. Should you become a member of our community, we expect that you will uphold our core values, such as ethical conduct, integrity, respect for diversity, community service, while continuously striving for an equitable, just and fair society in our country and the world. I would like to invite you to start your career in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria. Our Faculty is more than 100 years old and our programmes are ranked in the top 400 in the world! Think about it - you will be part of our 115th intake of law students! Become part of the finest group of entering law students assembled in South Africa next year. Choose wisely, #ChooseUP!  We look forward to our 2023 intake of students and their contributions one day as UP Law alumni in the national and international legal arena. 


Warm regards 

Professor Elsabe Schoeman

Dean:  Faculty of Law

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