Postgraduate Studies by Coursework
Our postgraduate programmes are aimed at students already in possession of a LLB or equivalent law degree, and are divided into those done by research and those done by coursework:
The School offers a variety of programmes and courses, enabling students to choose offerings tailored
to their individual needs and interests.
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.
These courses are ideal for graduates or professionals who wish to acquire advanced knowledge in specific subjects only. They can also be used as an alternate entry route to the LLM or Postgraduate Diploma programmes for students who do not currently qualify for admission to those programmes.
For more information about certificate courses offered, including admission requirements and dates please enquire from the Mandela Institute
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).
The Postgraduate Diploma is ideal for law graduates or professionals with an excellent academic record who wish to acquire advanced knowledge in a combination of subjects, without the need for extensive research. It can also serve as an alternate entry route for students who do not currently qualify for admission to the LLM programme. For more detail, please see Admission Requirements below.
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).
This programme is suitable only for law graduates and professionals who have the interest, ability and time to conduct extensive research at an advanced academic level. Due to the onerous nature of the research component, entry to the programme is strictly limited. However deserving students may gain admission to the programme via alternative entry routes. For more detail, please see Admission Requirements below.
Mandela Institute Courses
Postgraduate Diploma in Law
LLM by Coursework
|LLB or equivalent degree with an average of 65% in the final year of study||An average of 65% in the final year of the LLB plus evidence of ability to conduct scholarly research and writing|
|An average of 70% in the final year of the LLB without evidence of ability to conduct scholarly research and writing|
|Alternative entry route:||Alternative entry route:|
|One equivalent Mandela Institute course passed with an average of 60% or above||Two equivalent Mandela Institute or Postgraduate Diploma courses with an average of 70% or above|
|Applicants without an LLB: Suitable qualifications plus completion of the Mandela Institute course Introduction to Law for Non-Lawyers||In exceptional circumstances applicants may be accepted without an LLB degree, based on their other qualifications and experience. Such applicants will, however, be required to complete the Mandela Institute course Introduction to law for Non-Lawyers|
* 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
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.
30 August 2015 (International students)
30 September 2015 (SA students)
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 of law.
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.