She might be about to be the first female dean of Law at the University of Cape Town, but when P.J. Schwikkard started studying law, she found it boring. The former St Anne’s pupil, who describes herself as rebellious, absent-minded and “not very good at protocol”, is regarded as an accomplished scholar with many years of experience in academia and the legal profession. She sits on the SA Law Commission and is deputy dean and head of the department of Public Law. She will succeed Hugh Corder next year.