The LLB degree provides students with a sound knowledge of the general principles of the South African legal system, and an ability to use legal materials effectively. Graduates should be able critically to assess, interpret and apply the law and have the historical, comparative and jurisprudential background that is essential for a thorough and critical understanding of law and legal institutions.
The courses(Modules) taken for the LLB Degree at UCT are:
- Administrative Law,
- African Customary Law,
- Civil Procedure,
- Commercial Transactions Law,
- Constitutional Law,
- Corporation Law,
- Criminal Law,
- Criminal Procedure,
- Foundations of South African Law,
- International Law,
- Labour Law,
- Law of Contract,
- Law of Delict,
- Law of Persons and Marriage,
- Law of Property,
- Law of Succession,
These courses are offered in three streams: a five- or six-year combined Law and Humanities or Law and Commerce LLB stream, a three-year graduate LLB stream, and a four-year undergraduate LLB stream.
In each of these streams the courses are graded into three levels.
- At the Preliminary Level the courses acquaint students with both the background to and the foundations of the South African legal system, with legal thinking and analysis, and with an understanding of the role and function of law. In addition, particular attention is paid to reading and writing skills required for the senior courses.
- The Intermediate Level courses provide instruction on a more advanced level in a broad range of core subjects.
- The Final Level completes the degree and students are able to specialise by choosing from a range of optional courses.
Each level of the LLB degree curriculum includes a skills component that forms part of the degree programme and which cumulatively teaches students various generic skills such as problem solving, analysis, research and communication skills, and practical legal skills such as drafting of particular kinds of legal documents and legal argumentation, both written and oral. In particular, at the Final Level, a compulsory integrated assessment moot draws on elements of the skills components and courses studied in the earlier parts of the curriculum. Law students are required to make constructive use of the knowledge and skills they acquire by contributing to the community through Legal Aid or various other community service or outreach organisations.