The Professional Education Project, now renamed UCT Law @ Work, was established by the Dean of the Law Faculty in 1999 with the aim of offering short courses (ranging from two-hour seminar-type courses to six-day certificate courses) to members of legal and other professions, with the aim of assisting them to specialise or update their knowledge in specific fields of law.
A number of practical and intensive certificate courses are offered, which comply with the high standards expected of UCT and are based on carefully planned programmes that combine academic excellence with a thoroughly practical approach. Local and international participants from a number of different sectors are encouraged in order to make sessions interactive and provide an opportunity to broaden contacts and network. Certificate courses run over full days and consist of a combination of lectures, workshops and discussions. Certificates are issued only to those who have attended all sessions and passed a prescribed assignment. Examples of the certificate courses offered are Banking Law, Competition Law, Compliance Management, Sports Law, Securitisation, Legal Writing and Sectional Titles Scheme Management.
Seminars, lectures and workshops are conducted on topical legal issues, for instance on the National Credit Bill (now the National Credit Act), Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, and Telecommunications Law. The project also attempts to assist busy legal practitioners in keeping abreast of developments in the law, with short update courses, and in managing their practices more effectively, with practice-management seminars.