The Faculty of Law of the University of Johannesburg is proud to announce that the UJ Faculty of Law has been awarded a Research Chair in the area of International Law by the Adjudication Committee of the National Research Foundation (NRF).
Message from the Executive Dean, Professor PH O'Brien
Outstanding lawyers and a sound legal system are prerequisites of any civilised society. The legal system provides the rules within which the state's administration, the business world, individuals and organisations-indeed the whole community-operate. In any country in which the law reigns supreme, lawyers must apply legal rules and act as watchdogs to ensure that everyone adheres to the norms of society. Because the law plays such an immense and far-reaching role, well educated and qualified lawyers are essential to the country.
The UJ Law Faculty offers formal law programmes such as BA Law, BCom Law and LLB, as well as Master’s Degrees by course work in various important fields. The Faculty, by joining forces with colleagues in the profession and the Bar, as well as with colleagues who are legal advisors to banks and other sectors, offers an exciting range of diplomas, certificates and courses in fields such as income tax, insolvency, drafting of contracts, money laundering, environmental law, labour law, information and communication law (cyberlaw) and sports law.The permanent academic staff consist of highly qualified members, assisted by an experienced administration. No fewer than 21 of the professors and lecturers have doctoral degrees in law (LLD) and another 18 have master’s degrees (LLM). Some staff members also hold advanced postgraduate diplomas. The exceptional qualifications of academic staff enable a high academic standard and account for the huge research output that the faculty is renowned for.
The UJ Faculty of Law, despite its relatively small staff numbers, has three law clinics that provide practical training to students and legal services to indigent members of the public. Law students are involved in more or less 3 000 consultations with members of the public per annum – thus gaining valuable practical experience. The Faculty also boasts seven research institutes and a world class law library.
The Faculty is privileged to be situated in the centre of the South African economy. The busiest High Court in South Africa has its seat in Johannesburg, and the Constitutional Court is just around the corner. Experience has proven that interaction between members of the faculty and the legal profession, the commercial world of Johannesburg and the public sector has enriched the academic staff in our faculty. A good example of the interaction between the commercial sphere and the University of Johannesburg is the Annual Banking Law Update (ABLU) conference which focuses on the developments in the law of banking and finance.