Justice Ngcobo received a Fulbright scholarship and he holds an Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School, where he is a visiting professor of law. He is also a visiting professor of law at Columbia Law School and an adjunct professor of law at Cornell Law School.
Bank clerk Barclays National Bank, 1975. Clerk than associate attorney K.K Mthiyane and Company, Durban, South Africa, 1982—1985. Attorney Legal Resources Centre, 1982—1985.
Law clerk to Honorary A. Leon Higginbotham Junior United States Court Appeals (3rd circuit), 1986—1987. Research associate University Pennsylvania, 1986—1987. Visiting foreign attorney Pepper, Hamilton & Scheetz, Philadelphia, 1987, associate attorney, 1989—1992.
Acting director Legal Aid Services Clinic, University Natal, Durban, South Africa, 1988. Advocate labour, employment and constitutional law, 1988—1996. Presiding officer Industrial Court, 1993, Indiana Electoral Commission, 1994.
Judge Western Cape High Court, 1996—1999. Judge than acting judge president Labour Appeal Court, 1997—1999. Judge amnesty committee Truth and Reconciliation Commission, 1998—1999.
Justice Constitutional Court of South Africa, 1999—2009, chief justice, since 2009. Lecturer race legislation University Natal, Durban, South Africa, 1988, lecturer constitutional litigation, South Africa, 95. Visiting scholar New York University School Law, New York City, 2001.
Samuel Rubin visiting professor law Columbia School Law, 2006, visiting professor, 07, 08. Dean David Smith lecture series Harvard University School Law, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2006, visiting professor, 08, 09.
Married Zandile Ngcobo. Children: Nokwanda, Ayanda, Manqoba.