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University of Cape TownCape Town, South Africa

Cornell Law School can send up to two students to the University of Cape Town Faculty of Law (UCT).  However spring placements are available for 2Ls only.




Tracing its origins to 1829, UCT is South Africa's oldest university and the UCT Faculty of Law is also the oldest in the country, dating from 1859. Quoting its web site:

"UCT has one of the most diverse campuses in South Africa - of its 20,000 strong student body, half are black and just under half are women. UCT's main campus is set on the slopes of Devil's Peak on the Cape Peninsula, one of the southern-most points in Africa. UCT is an integral part of the city of Cape Town, a world-renowned tourist destination. The University's community is a microcosm of the Mother City's vibrant cosmopolitan life, offering a rich variety of cultural pursuits and outdoor activities."

"Over the years, UCT has built up and maintained a tradition of academic excellence, which has been recognized worldwide. UCT's outstanding record in teaching and research is responsible for attracting talented students from all over the world. Currently UCT is host to over 3000 international students from over 90 different countries."

"One of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, Cape Town has it all. With beaches, mountains and forests on your doorstep, Cape Town is an historic, cosmopolitan city with a vibrant contemporary culture of music and art, as well as a host of sport and leisure activities."


As a Southern Hemisphere school, UCT's academic calendar differs significantly from the one at Cornell. The Spring semester is available for 2Ls only.

Fall Semester: July - December

Spring Semester: Feburary - June


Cornell J.D. students should expect to take three LL.B.-level courses and one-LL.M.-level course at UCT which is the equivalent of 12 Cornell credits. Please note that all courses must be pre-approved by the International Programs office.