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Legal Research Resources for Non-Law Students

Library Times: 2024


The UJ Library will open at 08h00 and close at 18h00 on the following days:

Saturday 25 May, 01 June, 08 June, and 15 June.

Kindly note that these changes are due to the Final Assessments starting from the 30th of May to the 21st of June 2024.


Updated Library hours from 12 February 2024.

Weekdays: 07:30 – 22:00

Saturday: 08:00 - 15:00

The 24-hour spaces will be open every Monday to Sunday for 24 hours.

How to access the  UJ Libraries:

Access to the UJ Libraries can only be granted if you have a valid UJ Card.
NB: Scan your UJ Card at the Entrance Door of the library and again at the Exit Door when you leave!
You do not need to book for library access.

Library support will also be provided online, Monday to Friday, Visit the "Need Help? Contact Us" page for further information.


Need help from the UJ Law Library? 

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Sources of Law

Two types of information sources are available for law:

Primary Sources refer to original material and the body of the law itself.

Examples that can be found in hard copy as well as electronically in the law library are:

  • Law Reports/ Case Law/ Judgments;
  • Legislation/ Act/ Statutes;
  • Government Gazettes.
  • Treaties and Conventions

Secondary Sources derive from primary sources of law and offer commentary on those sources.

Examples that can be found in hard copy as well as electronically in the law library are:

  • Reference Sources (dictionaries, encyclopedias & noter-ups);
  • Law books (text books);
  • Loose-leaf publications (regularly updated);
  • Law Journals;
  • Yearbooks.                  

About this guide

This research/subject/LibGuide offers library support to non-law students involved in legal research.  

The law library staff hope that it will become your one-stop-shop to find primary and secondary legal sources in hard copy and electronically in the UJ Law Library.

Welcome to the Faculty of Law Library Guide for Non-Law Students


This guide will not only introduce you to valuable information sources related to legal research, but also to the services and facilities offered to undergraduates, postgraduates, staff and researchers. It also provides training material that will make it easier to find  subject relevant information.

Refer to the different headings for Law Reports, Legislation, Books, Reference Sources, Journals, Databases, Referencing & Citation, Dissertations & Theses, Plagiarism & Copyright, Research Management Tools, Useful Links and Open Access.

Please explore this guide and contact the librarians or law library assistants if you need any further assistance.


Faculty Librarian Law

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Lizette Van Zyl
University of Johannesburg
Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
+27 11 559 3188
Subjects: Law

Information Librarian Law

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Catrin Ver Loren Van Themaat
University of Johannesburg Library
Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
011 559 3193
Subjects: Law

Law Library Assistants 2024

  • Blessing Matika (Senior Law Library Assistant)
  • Maanda Litshani (Senior Law Library Assistant)
  • Mihle Duze (Law Library Assistant)
  • Nosisa Gama (Senior Law Library Assistant)
  • Rowan Tshabalala (Senior Law Library Assistant)
  • Sinoxolo Makhethetha (Law Library Assistant)
  • Siphamandla Memela (Law Library Assistant)
  • Tebogo Mothapo (Senior Law Library Assistant)
  • Thembalihle Dlamini (Senior Law Library Assistant)

‚ÄčContact Info:

011 559 2593