While the Faculty of Law is relatively small at UJ, when the number of non-law students registered for service modules offered by the Faculty is taken into account, it is one of the largest law schools or faculties at residential universities. QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018 ranked it at number five out of 17 in South Africa and at six on the continent.
The first-year programme includes an integrated tutor system and a mentor programme with identified senior students; Visits to the High and Magistrate’s Courts and the Constitutional Court; Moot Court activities; Talks by magistrates, judges and prosecutors.
TEACHING INNOVATION AND QUALITY CONTROL
Student retention and monitoring supplemented with Blackboard Predict, an evidence-based, advanced student retention solution; Credit-bearing module on research methodology for final-year LLB students; Teaching and learning committees addressing teaching and learning issues, including 4IR, curriculum integration, decolonisation and priority modules management; LLB programme re-accredited by CHE; Three internal programme reviews.
Ten non-subsidised programmes ranging from short courses to certificates and prestigious diplomas, presented to the public, postgraduate students, civil servants, legal practitioners and alumni with specialised training in a variety of topics; Several programmes presented in three-year cycles, with 1 909 students enrolled and 1 450 students successfully completing them.; Over R23 million generated, resulting in a Faculty surplus of over R9m, of which R1m was utilised to fund Law Clinic operations.
Several practising attorneys, advocates and auditors lectured, particularly, in non-subsidised programmes; Faculty lecturers coordinated and presentied Legal Education and Development (LEAD) projects of the Law Society of South Africa; The Faculty’s relationship with the profession enables the securing of vacation work, job shadowing, bursaries and articles for top achievers; Prominent law firms formed part of FYE with inspiring talks, and attended, with others, the annual UJ Law Career Fair; Academic staff engage continuously with stakeholders and the community, presenting talks to attorneys, magistrates, auditors, public private enterprises, and cultural and religious organisations; Faculty members provide leadership and technical assistance inside and outside UJ and in both local and international arenas, in various capacities.
The Faculty maintains four active research centres: and hosts the NRF’s Research Chair in International Law; Nine Law Library assistants were appointed, and training sessions were conducted for first-year students; The new Research Methodology course was introduced for final-year LLB students in four modules; Law librarians conducted 13 training sessions for 279 students, the Law Library Research Guide for Undergraduates was published, with all the guides regularly updated, and 1 459 titles added to the collection; electronic databases were purchased; Fourteen postgraduate subject-specific training sessions attended by 74 students, and The Law Library collaborated with the Faculty on a workshop, a lecture and a conference.