We are an internationally ranked law school based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Our academic staff, administration and students are made up of individuals who are focused on using legal skills to solve the world’s most difficult problems.
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. Being part of the Wits School of Law means being part of a vibrant hub of commercially relevant and socially committed legal scholars.
We are based at Wits University’s Faculty of Commerce Law and Management on West Campus. Our roots go back to 1922 when our initial offering was the Law Certificate for attorneys and the Civil Service Lower Law Examination. As we approach 100 years of existence our modern day offering is vast. We teach a variety of undergraduate programmes, specialised master’s degrees, PhD programmes and international exchanges.
We have over 50 staff and more than 500 students. The achievements of our staff, students and alumni are often spotlighted in the media as well as evidenced in the success of the various organisations that house School of Law Witsies. Our alumni include Nelson Mandela, Adv George Bizos, Adv Thuli Madonsela and Patrice Motsepe. Their success is a testament to our commitment to equipping students with critical skills and contributing to South Africa’s social and economic development. We also proud to have partnered with Harvard University, the World Trade Organisation, Law Without Walls and the Hague Institute for Innovating Law.
Students have the opportunity to take part in the governance of the School through the Law Students Council. We also have various student groups such as the Moot Society and the Black Lawyers Association.
Our School is a community of rigorous intellectual study and personal development. Explore the rest of our website for details on our student offering.