The task of compiling the best universities in the world is done by a number of organizations such as the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), which releases its ranking based on the quality of education, research quality, training quality, and the prestige of the members of faculties. Other organizations and rankings include the Academic Ranking of World Universities and the A3 Top 500 Global Universities among others.
10. North-West University
The last university on our list of the top 10 best universities in South Africa for law, is a great institution known as North-West University. Just like the University of Johannesburg, North-West University was formed out of a merger. The institution was formed out of the merger of University for Christian Higher Education and the University of North-West. The merger took place in 2004. The school has good law programme, and tries as much as possible to hold its position on this ranking. North-West University has a high population of law students.
9. University of the Free State
The University of the Free State which was founded way back in 1904, is another great university to study law in South Africa. This institution was founded in 1904 as Grey College. The school is now a multi-campus university with a good population of students. The institution has remarkable international recognition because of its outstanding academic performance. The school has produced a lot of individuals who are now important personalities in the country.
8. University of the Western Cape
University of the Western Cape which is well-known for its fight against racism, is another great university to study law, in South Africa. The institution was established in 1959, and it is located in Belleville suburb of Cape Town. This school is also one of the most diverse universities in the country.
7. Rhodes University
The popular Rhodes University is also a great place to study law. This university was established in 1904, and it is furthermore located in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape Province. The school has a lot of foreign students studying law. Many outstanding legal practitioners in South Africa, are products of this great university. The student population of Rhodes University is about 8,000. Rhodes University also scores well on the world version of this ranking.
6. University of KwaZulu-Natal
University of KwaZulu-Natal is well-known for its outstanding excellence in health science courses. Apart from being excellent in health science courses, the institution is great when it comes to law. Interestingly, the university has one of the best law programmes in South Africa. University of KwaZulu-Natal, despite being relatively young, has achieved success a lot of older universities have not been able to make. The merger of University of Durban-Westville and the University of Natal in 2004, gave rise to University of KwaZulu-Natal.
5. University of Johannesburg
University of Johannesburg is one of the youngest universities in South Africa. This institution stemmed out from the merger of three institutions: Rand Afrikaans University, Technikon Witwatersrand and parts of Vista University. The merger took place in 2005, and 2005 is also the year the university opened up. Ever since the University of Johannesburg was established, the institution has been putting up impressive academic performance. This institution, just like the others listed above, has foreign students.
4. Stellenbosch University
Located in a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa, is another great school known as Stellenbosch University. Stellenbosch University is on this list, considering its excellence in law. The school has one of the best law programmes in the whole of South Africa. This university is also populated with a large number students. Among law students of this university, are foreigners. The institution has received many local and international awards because of its excellence in teaching law.
3. University of Pretoria
The University of Pretoria which, at times, takes up the first position from the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Cape Town, is another great place to study law. The school which launched its MBA programme in 1949, has a very large population of students. The institution is also an international university, having students from other African countries. This institution does not only rank well on the list of the best universities to study law in South Africa, it also ranks well on the list of universities to study law in the world. The university prides itself at producing world-class legal practitioners.
2. University of the Witwatersrand
In majority of rankings, the University of the Witwatersrand comes next to the University of Cape Town, and the case is not different here. The school ranks second on our list of the top 10 best universities in South Africa for law. The academic excellence of this institution cannot be overlooked, considering the achievements it has made. This institution has produced great law students who are renowned in their profession. Furthermore, the university is the alma mater of four Nobel Prize winners, including the great Nelson Mandela. The University of the Witwatersrand is also called Wits University.
1. University of Cape Town
The University of Cape Town, also known as UTC, is not only South Africa’s best university in engineering courses, it is also the best law university in the country. The university has produced a lot of great lawyers working within and outside the country. Students from many other African countries come down to the University of Cape Town, to study law. The school has law students from other African countries like Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, etc. University of Cape Town’s excellence in law may be accounted for by the fact that it has been in existence for a long time. The school was established in 1829, making it the oldest university in South Africa.