Welcome to the School of Law

Welcome to the School of Law at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). The School of Law falls within the College of Law and Management Studies and operates on both the Howard College and Pietermaritzburg Campuses. The School is currently being led by Professor Managay Reddi as the Dean and Head of School.

The School is one of the largest contact Law schools in South Africa. The undergraduate LLB Degree is offered on both campuses with a common curriculum. 
 
One of the focal points within the School is the development of sound relations with the legal profession through ongoing consultation with various roleplayers within the profession as well as the development and facilitation of graduate recruitment programmes.
 
This has resulted in emphasis being placed on skills development within the LLB - with particular focus on legal, professional and general skills. Graduates are highly sought after across a wide range of legal careers. 

The School also offers a number of LLM programmes that can be taken over one year (full time) or two years (part-time). These programmes are designed to develop and enhance skills in legal research and writing as well as academic knowledge in the chosen sphere of expertise. They are all taught by experts in these particular fields and will result in a general rounding-off of a legal education irrespective of whether candidates have recently graduated or have been pursuing careers in various fields of law over the years.

We are confident that your links to the School of Law will be productive and rewarding.

Virtually every institution of significance operating in the economy today, whether it is public or private, national or international, employs legally qualified staff at various levels and in several capacities. Some of these employees may think of themselves as business people, politicians, or government officials rather than lawyers. The fact remains, however, that the LLB degree provided the broad gateway leading to their particular specialisation.


With the expansion of law in modern times, the career options open to LLB graduates have increased exponentially. An LLB degree from an internationally recognised institution such as UKZN is highly marketable in almost every part of the globe.

 
Law is not just for Lawyers
In addition to careers within the legal profession, the LLB degree opens doors to a wide range of global career options including:

  • Politics and Government
  • Corporate Governance
  • Public Administration
  • Trade and Industry
  • Finance and Taxation
  • Business Management

Law – Broaden your Horizons
Don’t limit your scope – opt for a career in Law and open yourself up to a limitless range of career options by specializing in:

  • Environmental Law
  • Maritime Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • International Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Medical Law
  • Tax Law
  • Criminal Justice
  • Business Law
  • Labour Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Internet and Cyber Law
  • Human Rights Law


Professor Warren Freedman
     

Professor Warren Freedman is the Acting Dean and Head of the School of Law.He is an Associate Professor Specialising in Constitutional Law, Property Law and Land Use and Planning Law. He obtained a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) and Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, a Masters in Law (LLM) from the University of Natal and an Advanced Postgraduate Certificate in High Education also from the University of Natal. Warren is interested in the legal principles governing the coastal zone and especially access to the coastal zone. His other research interests include Land Reform, Neighbour Law, Ownership, Religious Freedom, the Separation of Powers and the Structures of Government and he has published extensively in these fields.



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  News
  • Law Academic’s Paper Explores Protection of Human Rights in Judicial System

    Ms Franaaz Khan.

    [26 June, 2017] A paper by School of Law lecturer Ms Franaaz Khan has been published in the SA Crime Quarterly (SACQ), a Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) accredited, peer reviewed journal published jointly by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the Centre of Criminology at the University of Cape Town.

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  • Law Academic Presents Paper at International Conference

    Mr Khulekani Khumalo (left) with Advocate Vusi Pikoli.

    [28 June, 2017] UKZN School of Law Academic Mr Khulekani Khumalo presented a paper at a conference in Cape Town titled: “Rethinking the Encounter with the Police: from Marikana to Ferguson”, presented jointly by the University of the Western Cape and the University of Missouri in the United States

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  • UKZN Honorary Professor Awarded University Fellowships

    Judge Malcolm Wallis.

    [25 May, 2017] Judge Malcolm Wallis of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) and Honorary Professor at the School of Law at UKZN, has been awarded two visiting fellowships at Oxford University. Wallis will travel to the UK during the Michaelmas term (1 October – 31 December) while on long-leave from the SCA.

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  • LAW STUDENTS RECEIVE MANDELA RHODES SCHOLARSHIPS

    Shamila Mpinga and Ms Simone Gray who received Mandela Rhodes Scholarships.
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    [19 May, 2017]Two students from UKZN’s College of Law and Management Studies, Ms Shamila Mpinga and Ms Simone Gray, graduated with honours and each received a Mandela Rhodes Scholarship.

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  • UKZN’s Black Lawyers Association Student Chapter (BLAsc) members with guest speakers Professor Nomthandazo Ntlama and Mr Sifiso Msomi.

    UKZN’s Black Lawyers Association Student Chapter (BLAsc) members with guest speakers Professor Nomthandazo Ntlama and Mr Sifiso Msomi.

    [19 May, 2017] “The Journey Towards Transformation at the Bench” was the title of the recent panel discussion hosted by UKZN’s Black Lawyers Association Student Chapter (BLAsc).

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  • The Sky Is the Limit for Student Juggling Law and Aviation

    Second-year Law student and budding pilot, Mr Kyavand Gholizadeh Touchaei.

    [05 May, 2017] Sticking religiously to his timetable – which includes entries about his social life – has ensured budding pilot Mr Kyavand Gholizadeh Touchaei succeeds in both Law and aviation studies.

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  • Students Debate Whether Peace is Possible

    Taking part at the debate were, from left: Ms Keri Khoza, Ms Silomo Dlamini, Ms Banele Ngubane and Ms Khethelo Gama.

    [28 April, 2017] Is peace possible? That was the question probed during a panel discussion recently hosted by the Junior Chamber International (JCI) Durban.

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  • Twin Sisters Say Team Work was the Recipe for their Academic Success

    Twin sisters Kirosha and Kriasha Govender.

    [19 April, 2017] An interest in how the rule of law governs South Africa and protects the country’s citizens motivated twins Kirosha and Kriasha Govender to both study for LLB degrees which they have been awarded by UKZN.

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  • LLM Cum Laude for Tax Specialist

    Tax Specialist Mr John Hardie.

    [19 April, 2017] John Hardie earned a cum laude pass for a Master of Laws, which involved both a dissertation and course work in advanced tax law, company law and contract law.

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  • Love of Law the Clincher for Summa Cum Laude Graduates

    Law summa cum laude graduates celebrating their success.

    [19 April, 2017] Academic excellence is a principle that continues to yield brilliant results for Law summa cum laude graduates Ms Shamilla Mpinga and Mr Benjamin Meadows, Ms Charissa Beyers, Ms Claire Gillespie and Ms Melissa Tees.

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  • Law Graduate and Radio Show Host Aiming High

    Ukhozi FM broadcaster Ms Boniswa Moto graduating with her LLB.

    [19 April, 2017] As an icon for youth empowerment through her show Teen Zone on Ukhozi FM, Law graduate Boniswa Moto says success begins with education.

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  • Research by Masters Graduate Explores Central Issues in SA’s Constitutional Democracy

    Mr Nkosinathi Mzolo.

    [19 April, 2017] Master of Laws graduate Mr Nkosinathi Mzolo addressed central issues in South Africa’s constitutional democracy in research for his degree.

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  • Education and Sport a Winning Combination for Law Graduate

    Golden Arrows midfielder Mr Njabulo Sithole graduating with his LLB.

    [19 April, 2017] Mastering law and dominating on the football field are part of life for Bachelor of Laws (LLB) graduate and Golden Arrows midfielder, Mr Njabulo Sithole.

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  • Law Professions Day has been Keeping Students Informed for 10 years

    Law Professions Day has been Keeping Students Informed for 10 years

    [16 March, 2017] Law students in Pietermaritzburg and Durban turned up in their numbers to benefit from information supplied by prospective employers at the annual Law Professions Day.

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  • First Year Law Students Take Oath

    First year Law students take an oath during a Pledge Ceremony hosted by the School of Law.

    [10 March, 2017] First year students at UKZN’s School of Law took an oath during a Pledge Ceremony at the Howard College Theatre during which they committed to act with integrity- both as students and legal practitioners - and be guardians of South Africa’s Constitution.

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  • Law Academic to Serve on Magistrates Commission

    Law Academic to Serve on Magistrates Commission

    [10 March, 2017] Law Lecturer Mr Maropeng Mpya has been selected by the Society for Law Teachers of Southern Africa Association to serve as its representative at the Magistrates Commission.

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  • Research on Public Protests Wins Law Academic Top Award

    Mr Khulekani Khumalo (left) receiving his best research paper prize.

    [15 Feb, 2017] UKZN academic Mr Khulekani Khumalo’s inaugural presentation at the Society of Law Teachers of Southern Africa (SLTSA) Conference earned him the Best First Time Presenter prize.

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  • Law Academic Completes Inaugural Acting High Court Judge Tenure

    Professor Nomthandazo Ntlama.

    [09 Feb, 2017] UKZN’s Professor Nomthandazo Ntlama served as an acting judge of the Bisho High Court in the Eastern Cape in November and December last year.

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  • Law Professor Plays an Active Role at UN Legal Aid Conference in Buenos Aires

    Professor David McQuoid-Mason (second left) with delegates at the Conference.

    [02 Dec, 2016] Professor David McQuoid-Mason of the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies presented a paper at the 2nd International Conference on Access to Justice and Legal Aid in Criminal Justice Systems in Buenos Aires.

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  • Annual Ellie Newman Moot Court Final a Roaring Success!

    Ellie Newman Moot court finalists (from left): Mr Connor Alexander, Mr Andile Mabaso, Mr Elisha Kunene (winner) and Ms Jolene Thompson.

    [28 Nov, 2016] Winning the annual Ellie Newman Moot Court competition, beating 320 participants by showcasing outstanding legal skills, is a sure sign that fourth-year Law student Mr Elisha Kunene is equipped for success in the legal profession.

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  • UKZN Law Academics Contribute to DIT Intellectual Property Consultative Framework

    DUKZN Law Academics Contribute to DIT Intellectual Property Consultative Framework

    [02 Nov, 2016]A group of School of Law academics is part of a team of experts, scholars and pro-access to medicines advocates who have contributed to the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DIT) Intellectual Property Consultative Framework.

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  • UKZN Law Student Makes History

    Ms Pearl Biyela.

    [02 Nov, 2016]Fourth-year Law student Ms Pearl Biyela has become the first woman to be appointed National President of the Black Lawyers Association Student Chapter (BLAsc).

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  • Street Law Democracy for All Workshop Held at UKZN

    Participants in the Street Law for All Workshop.

    [17 Nov, 2016]A three-day Street Law Democracy for All Workshop was presented by Professor David McQuoid-Mason of UKZN’s Centre for Socio-Legal Studies and Advocates Ms Devina Perumal and Mr Lesala Mofokeng of the School of Law on the Howard College campus.

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  • Law and Management Studies Academics in UKZN’s Top 30 Researchers List

    Professor Stephen Peté, Professor Maxwell Phiri, Professor Stephen Migiro, Professor Krishna K Govender and Professor David McQuoid-Mason.

    [14 Oct, 2016]Five College of Law and Management academics are in the University’s Top 30 researcher rankings for 2015.

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  • High Tea Celebration for Book Publications

    Publications celebrated at the High Tea.

    [11 Oct, 2016]The College of Law and Management Studies recently hosted a Book and Book Chapters High Tea Celebration.

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  • Research Excellence Celebrated at College of Law and Management Studies

    College of Law and Management Studies Research Day participants.

    [11 Oct, 2016]The College of Law and Management Studies celebrated great strides in research during its recent Research Days which saw over 80 academics and postgraduate students showcasing quality research done in the College’s various disciplines.

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  • Master of Laws Graduate Runner-up in Law Reform Essay Contest

    Mr Sibusiso Mbutho accepting his prize at the recent Ismail Mahomed Law Reform Essay Competition Awards Ceremony held in Johannesburg.

    [22 Sep, 2016] An essay by Masters of Law graduate Mr Sibusiso Mbutho has won second place in the 2015 Ismail Mahomed Law Reform Essay Competition.

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  • Law Academic Wins Gold Medal at International Karate Championships

    Gold medal winner Ms Suhayfa Bhamjee with her karate trainer Sensei Dan Naicker.

    [15 Sep, 2016] Blue belt karateka and UKZN Law Lecturer Ms Suhavfa Bhamiee won a gold medal in the Individual Kata section at the recent Kimura Shukokai International KZN Karate Championships.

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  • Law Students Treated to Women’s Day High Tea

    Law Students Treated to Women’s Day High Tea

    [29 Aug, 2016] Leading global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright recently hosted 35 female Law students for a Women’s Day High Tea at the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga.

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  • Third Year Law Student Presents at Launch of Maintenance Defaulters Strategy

    Mr Andile Mcineka.

    [29 Aug, 2016] UKZN Law student Mr Andile Mcineka was a speaker at the launch of the Department of Justice’s National Maintenance Defaulters strategy in KwaZulu-Natal.

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  • UKZN Law Expert Speaks at Conference in Zimbabwe

    UKZN Law Expert Speaks at Conference in Zimbabwe

    [02 Sep, 2016] Professor David McQuoid-Mason of UKZN’s Law School gave two interactive presentations at a Clinical Legal Education Conference, in Harare, Zimbabwe.

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  Events
 LLM Programmes
   
  • LLM in Maritime Law The Unit of Maritime Law and Maritime Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal(UKZN) offers a unique and highly specialised Masters programme in Maritime Law.Applications are invited from candidates who wish to specialise in this dynamic field

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    LLM in Maritime Law
  • LLM in Law of Taxation The School of Law at the University of KwaZulu-Natal(UKZN) offers this programme aims to develop a specialised knowledge of aspects of the Law of Taxation, and to provide students with the opportunity to make extensive use of comparative materials.

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    LLM in Maritime Law
  • LLM in Medical Law The School of Law at the University of KwaZulu-Natal(UKZN) offers this programme aims to develop a specialised knowledge of aspects of Medical Law, and to provide students with the opportunity to make extensive use of comparative materials

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    LLM in Maritime Law
  • Interdisciplinary Masters in Child Care & Protection The School of Law at the University of KwaZulu-Natal(UKZN) offers this programme aims to equip candidates with a broad range of interdisciplinary skills and knowledge relating to children’s issues. The intention is to meet a national and international need for professionals with advanced expertise

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    LLM in Maritime Law
  • LLM in Labour Studies The School of Law at the University of KwaZulu-Natal(UKZN) offers this programme aims to develop a specialised knowledge of aspects of Employment Law and an understanding of the legal and policy implications thereof.

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    LLM in Maritime Law
  • LLM in Environmental Law The School of Law at the University of KwaZulu-Natal(UKZN) offers this programme aims to develop an expert knowledge of South African Environmental Law, and to provide students with the opportunity to make extensive use of comparative materials.

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    LLM in Maritime Law
  • LLM in Constitutional Litigation The School of Law at the University of KwaZulu-Natal(UKZN) offers this programme aims to develop a specialised knowledge of aspects of Constitutional Litigation, and to provide students with the opportunity to make use of comparative materials

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    LLM in Maritime Law
  • LLM in Child Care and Protection Law The programme aims to provide candidates with specialist expertise in the field of Child Law. Theoretical, practical and international law aspects are covered.

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    LLM in Maritime Law
  • LLM in Business Law The programme aims to develop a specialised knowledge of aspects of Business Law, and to provide students with the opportunity to make use of comparative materials

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    LLM in Maritime Law
  • LLM in Advanced Criminal Justice The programme aims to develop an expert knowledge of South African Criminal Law, and to provide students with the opportunity to make extensive use of comparative materials.

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