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The University of Pretoria ("UP") is the leading research university in South Africa and one of the largest in the country. The University has seven campuses as well as a number of other sites of operation, such as the Pretoria Academic Hospital. UP celebrated its Centenary in 2008.
The University of Pretoria offers more than 1,800 academic programmes in two of the official languages, namely Afrikaans and English (some programmes and modules are offered only in English). In 1996, UP became the university with the highest research output in South Africa and we have maintained this status. The academic programmes of the University are offered in nine faculties, as well as a business school. The faculties comprise a total of 140 departments and 85 centres, institutes and bureaus. UP is at the forefront of tertiary education in the country and collaborates with world-class partners to ensure continued excellence in learning and teaching.
The Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria ranks amongst the top law faculties in South Africa and is one of the most sought-after law faculties in the country by students and prospective employers. The Faculty is home to 60 dedicated full-time academics, half of which have doctoral degrees in various fields of law. These academics are supported by highly motivated administrative and support staff. Together they serve the student community and the public at large.
The academic staff of the Faculty has contributed significantly to the development of various fields of law over the years and is responsible for a substantial number of textbooks that cover a wide range of topics. At present the Faculty boasts 16 NRF-rated researchers. It is imperative that the members of the Faculty continue to contribute to legal scholarship - also by assisting in the development of emerging areas of the law.
During the period of political turmoil and the transition to a constitutional democracy, the Faculty formed the Centre for Human Rights. Some faculty members participated in the drafting of the final (1996) South African Constitution. Over the years, the Faculty has produced alumni who have reached the apex of careers in law, some serving as judges in the High Courts, the Supreme Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court. As the law is increasingly becoming multi-faceted and in certain areas more global, the Faculty maintains professional relations with many international bodies such as the UN, the EU, the World Bank and foreign universities.
Writing and publishing are foremost on the Faculty’s agenda. Much time is therefore invested in improving the writing skills of students while at the same time academic staff are supported and encouraged to publish. The Faculty houses accredited legal journals and publications, such as De Jure, THRHR, the African Human Rights Law Journal and the African Human Rights Law Reports. The Pretoria Student Law Review publishes articles by law students and is funded and supported by the Faculty and managed by law students. Academic books and publications may also be published via the Pretoria University Law Press (PULP).
The Faculty is housed in the Law Building which is a modern and impressive feature of the Hatfield campus of the University of Pretoria. The Law Building also accommodates the well-equipped Oliver R Tambo Law Library that includes the Law of Africa Collection. The Faculty offers many opportunities to students to develop themselves in all spheres by providing for a Law House that is responsible for a range of extra-mural activities, ranging from sporting, debating and mooting to cultural and socialising events. The Faculty’s students excel in local and international moot courts and our teams regularly achieve top honours at these events. The annual Faculty Festival has become a celebrated feature of our calendar and many students and members of staff participate in this event. The Faculty Festival is dedicated to its staff’s and students’ talents in arts, music and writing. The Festival has proven that a positive experience of student life linked with quality legal training assist in maintaining good and lasting relationships with the alumni of the Faculty.
Spring Term: Early January - Late June
Fall Term: Mid-July - Early December
The Spring Term focuses more on Human Rights topics. The Fall Term focuses on Business law topics.
Language of Instruction:
The University of Pretoria language policy is flexible to accomodate students in English as well as Afrikaans.
Please visit the school's Faculty of Law Yearbook to view the courses available. After being accepted into the program, students must submit a list of courses that they wish to take during their study abroad semester (compulsory and optional courses) to UP. If students experience difficulties in this regard the student may contact UP's office via e-mail immediately so that the student can be put in contact with the relevant academic(s) for advice and or academic alternatives. It is important that the availability of courses be confirmed before arriving in Pretoria to avoid disappointments and other consequences.
Student's have the opportunity to rewrtie exams. Students who should rewrite exams, are advised to postpone their departure dates. UP will not allow rewrite of exams to be done outside South Africa. Again, it is the duty of the students to check with the faculty upon arrival when the exams of the courses registered for would take place.
Please note: Students need to also make sure before registration that the courses they register for are semester courses and not year courses.
Housing and Cost of Living:
The school's International Students Division arranges accomodation for exchange, study abroad and elective students, but is subject to availability and is allocated on a first come first serve basis.
For general questions and concerns please visit the Semester Exchange FAQ page.
All other questions and concerns should be directed to:
International Programs Analyst
Semester Exchange Program
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 355
Washington, DC, 20016 USA
Telephone: (202) 274-4177
Fax: (202) 274-4005
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