LLM by coursework

Please note that the information on this page relates to the LLM degree by coursework and research report only. For information about other postgraduate law offerings, please see this page.

The School of Law is proud to offer the LLM by Coursework and Research Report.  Our curricula have been revamped to meet the needs of students seeking high quality postgraduate qualifications in law.  The wide range of subjects taught by acknowledged experts allows students to build on their basic legal qualifications and develop themselves as world-class specialists in order to service clients in an increasingly complex business and regulatory environment.

The LLM by Coursework and Research Report programme is aimed at practitioners and law graduates of outstanding caliber, who wish to acquire a high quality specialised or general postgraduate qualification through coursework as well as research.  The coursework component is the same as the Postgraduate Diploma in Law, but in addition, students have to complete a substantial research component.  Students should only choose this programme if they have the inclination, aptitude and time to spend at least 10 hours per week (part-time) or 20 hours per week (full-time) on research in addition to time spent on coursework.

Attendance Requirements

The LLM by Coursework and Research Reort programme requires students to attend lectures at the School of Law.  Lectures are run once a week per course in the evenings during Wits University Terms, making them ideal for working legal professionals.  Students must attend at least 75% of the lectures.

Structure of Programme

The LLM by Coursework and Research Report is structured as a one year (full-time) or a two year (part-time) programme.  Students may choose either a general or specialised field.  Note that specialist fields will not reflect on the degree certificate but will be reflected on the student's academic transcript.

The programme comprises a coursework component and a research component.

Research Component

LLM students must, in addition to the coursework component, complete the following:

  • One attendance course in Research Methodology
  • One 10,000 word Research Report in their field of specialisation. Students registered for the general LLM may choose any topic for which the School has supervision capacity.
  • One 5,000 word Research Essay per core course (at least two - see below)

Coursework Component

The coursework component consists of four courses.  The combination of courses depends on the field chosen by the student, as set out below.

Of the four LLM courses, students must take at least two courses at core level and two at non-core level.  Students may, of course, choose to do all subjects at core level and none at non-core level.  For each core subjects, students must complete a research essay of 5,000 words in addition to the other assessments in the course.

Fields of Study

The following fields are available:

  • General
  • Commercial and Business Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Human Rights Advocacy and Litigation
  • Information and Communications Law
  • International Law
  • International Law and Economics
  • Labour Law
  • Pension Funds Law
  • Tax Law (Postgraduate Diploma only)

For details of the fields, click here.

Apply for Admission

For information on admission and application forms, click here.

General Information regarding Postgraduate Offerings at Wits

For general information including fees, visit the postgraduate website, click here.

For more information about the Postgraduate Diploma in Law, please see this page.