We are an internationally ranked school of law based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Our students are made up of individuals who are focused on using legal skills and critical thinking to solve the world’s most difficult problems by offering them opportunities to engage in cutting-edge research topics. Our Lecturers and Professors are internationally renowned researchers and their expertise and contributions to their respective legal specialties provide valuable insights, unique perspectives, and the latest developments in the field of law.
Alongside equipping students with critical thinking skills across our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching offerings, we host three Centres – the Wits Law Clinic, the Mandela Institute and the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS). Our centres help us to produce locally significant and globally important interventions, research and advice.
As you embark on your legal journey at the Wits School of Law, we are thrilled to extend a warm welcome to our beautiful campus—a place where future cutting-edge lawyers are nurtured and shaped.
The Constitution is the supreme law of the land. Therefore, any law or government action that is inconsistent with the Constitution can be challenged and declared invalid by the Constitutional Court. Thus, our center CALS is a human rights organization and make use a combination of research, advocacy and litigation to advance social justice.
The Wits School of Law mercantile law curriculum plays a vital role in preparing future legal practitioners to address complex global challenges. This education is not only beneficial to our students but extended to graduates and legal practitioners who wish to gain new knowledge or update their skills through short courses offered at the Mandela Institute.
We offer a strong tradition of legal service to the community and through our institution Wits Law Clinic by proving access to justice to those who are indigent. The Wits Law Clinic offers Practical Legal Studies course where our final year students are provided with the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge in a practical setting under the supervision of qualified attorneys.