Postgraduate Studies by Coursework
Why study at Wits
The coursework offerings of the School of Law’s are highly prized in the marketplace for their high standards of academic excellence and practical relevance. The wide range of subjects taught by acknowledged experts allows students to develop themselves into world-class legal specialists.
The School of Law does not offer distance-learning programmes. All coursework programmes require students to attend regular lectures. Courses are generally taught by way of lectures once a week after hours during Wits University terms, making them ideal for both full-time students and working legal professionals who wish to keep up-to-date with changing legislation or to specialise in a particular area
The School offers a variety of programmes and courses, enabling students to choose offerings tailored
Mandela Institute Certificate Courses
The Mandela Institute offers a wide range of stand-alone courses that can be taken as a certificate of attendance or certificate of competence. Some of these courses are equivalent to Postgraduate Diploma or LLM courses, and can be credited towards these programmes.
Postgraduate Diploma in Law
A new qualification introduced by the HEQF, the Postgraduate Diploma is similar to the highly acclaimed Higher Diplomas in Law, which it replaces. In essence it is the “LLM without the research”. Students complete four courses in a general or specialised field over a period of 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time).
LLM by coursework and research report
The LLM comprises the same courses as the Postgraduate Diploma, with an additional research component consisting of an attendance course in Research Methodology, 2 research essays of 5,000 words each (core-level courses) and a 10,000 word research report. The duration of the programme is 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time).
The combination of subjects taken for the LLM and Postgraduate Diploma depends on the field chosen. Both programmes are offered in the following fields:
The most flexible of the fields, allowing students to choose four courses from any of the other fields.
Commercial & Business Law
Catering to the commercial lawyer who aspires to specialized knowledge in this highly competitive area of
This field is aimed at commercial lawyers who wish to focus on company law in particular.
This fast-growing and very topical field offers students the opportunity to acquire specialised knowledge on environmental law and sustainable development.
Human Rights Advocacy & Litigation
Human rights and public interest litigation is at the forefront of legal development worldwide. This field equips students with the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to practice in this exciting area of the law.
Information & Communications Law
As the law struggles to keep track of the vast technological advances of the past two decades, students are offered the opportunity to gain expertise in this fast-developing field.
In our cross-border, globalised world, international law has become an important and integral part of both the international and domestic legal orders. This field focuses on public international law, taught
International Law & Economics (renamed International Economic Law with effect 2014)
This field equips students for a rewarding career in international trade by deepening their knowledge of the law and economics of global commercial relations.
The dynamic nature of the labour market and its regulation presents a perpetual challenge to the legal practitioner. This field equips students with up-to-date knowledge of South African labour law and gives them the tools to cope with future legal development.
This field answers to a need from practice for specialised learning in a area of law that has seen enormous growth in the last decade.
Tax Law (including LLM from 2014)
This qualification builds on the already firm reputation gained by the School's Higher Diploma in Tax Law, which it replaces.
30 August 2013 (International students)
30 September 2013 (SA students)
Students may apply online or by downloading an application form from the Wits website
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Alternative entry route*:
Alternative entry route*:
* Students complying with the above will be allowed to convert to the relevant programme, and will be
granted credit for courses already passed, provided they are equivalent. Please enquire from the
Mandela Institute regarding equivalency before registration.
International students are subject to additional admission requirements, as set out in the list of
For more information about postgraduate studies at Wits, including fees, funding and accommodation,
please visit the Wits Postgraduate Studies webpage.
Wits offers various services to assist international students. For more information, please visit the
Wits International Office webpage.