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 Managay Reddi
     

Professor Managay Reddi is the Dean and Head of the School of Law. She holds the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degrees from the University of Durban-Westville, a Masters degree in Law (LLM) degree from the University of Natal and a Doctorate in Law (LLD) also from the University of Durban-Westville. Managay is an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa. She is currently the president of the South African Law Deans Association (SALDA) and a member of the Executive Council of the South African Judicial Education Institute (SAJEI). She is also a member of the National Forum on the Legal Profession and a Board member of the African Ombudsman Research Centre (AORC). As a lecturer at both under-and-post graduate levels and a researcher, she has published on a wide range of topics falling within her research interests of Criminal Law; Criminal Procedure, Gender and Human Rights. Apart from being a regular reviewer for various South African law journals, she is also an editor of the international Journal of Sociology and Social Anthropology.



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  News
  • 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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    LLM in Maritime Law
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