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Basic Skills for Law

Good legal research skills are essential for law students. This guide will help you develop your legal research skills and locate law resources available through the UWC's Law Library.

Welcome to the Basic Skills for Law Students Information and Research Guide, your comprehensive resource for developing essential skills critical for success in legal studies and practice. This guide is meticulously curated to provide law students with the tools, and resources necessary to navigate the intricate world of legal education and professional practice.

In the pursuit of a legal career, mastering fundamental skills is paramount. Whether you are embarking on your first year of law school or seeking to refine your existing abilities, this guide is designed to support your journey.

Throughout this guide, you will find a wealth of resources, including recommended readings, and links to online databases and academic journals. Whether you are delving into the depths of case law, crafting persuasive legal arguments, or navigating ethical considerations, this guide aims to equip you with the knowledge and expertise needed to excel in the legal profession.

As you embark on your exploration of the Basic Skills for Law Students guide, we encourage you to engage actively with the materials provided, seek assistance from the law librarian, and leverage the resources available to you. By investing time and effort into developing these foundational skills, you will lay a solid groundwork for your future success as a legal professional.

Other Library Information


Interlibrary Loan Request Form

Inter-library Loan is a service available to UWC staff and students to request material that is not available at our holdings.

A series of training sessions is scheduled to run during the 1st and 2nd semesters.

Invitations to these sessions are sent to the UWC community through the Campus Communications. The sessions are also advertised on the library website via the training calendar:

In the case where dates are not suitable, presentations can be done by invitation. Send an email request to

Access past exam papers here:

Exam past papers (primarily exam papers from before the year 2022)

Please note that as of 2022, past exam papers should be available on your iKamva course modules. Kindly contact your department administrator for any exam papers that are not available via the link above.

NB: Multiple choice question papers and Post Graduate exam papers are not available.

Please use your network login details to access the Exam Papers.

The credentials that you will use for login to your UWC library account or to sign into EZproxy when accessing online journals from off campus, will be the same login details that you use for the iKamva Learning Management System, the Wireless Network (Wi-Fi) or the Virtual Private Network (VPN).

If you experience any problems with your login details, please contact the ICS Helpdesk on 021 959 2000 or the

Students who registered in 2021 and later:

  • Username: student number e.g. 4112117
  • Password: Should contain the prefix !St followed by your ID, or passport number if you’re an international student e.g  !St0201010062087

Students who registered before 2021: 

  • Username: student number e.g. 4112117
  • Password: ID number OR date of birth OR passport number for international students

Access Problems?

NB: Changing your password will change your password for all of the following accounts that you may use; iKamva, uKwazi library account, EZproxy, VPN, Intranet.


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