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Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management

Master of Laws

The Master of Laws by dissertation or by coursework and research report is a 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time degree offered in various fields including Environmental, Labour, Corporate, Human Rights Advocacy and Tax Law.

Qualification: LLM

School: Law

Faculty: Commerce, Law and Management

Duration: 1 -2 years

Study mode: Full-time; Part-time

Programme overview

The LLM is offered in the fields of:

  • Commercial and Business Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Environmental Law
  • General
  • Human Rights Advocacy and Litigation
  • Information and Communications Law
  • International Law
  • International Economic Law
  • Labour Law
  • Pensions Law
  • Tax Law
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Entry Requirements


  • A bachelors degree or equivalent.
  • At least an upper second class pass in the final undergraduate course in the subject.

Masters by coursework or research report: 

  • A bachelors degree with honours or an appropriate postgraduate diploma.


  • A masters degree or an equivalent qualification from Wits University or another university.
  • A supervisor from the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management must be identified and approached prior to application.
Additional Entry Requirements


LLM by Coursework and Research Report

  • All degree certificates
  • FULL academic transcript(s) for all post-matric studies (including marking key if marks are not expressed as percentages)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of motivation, this letter should address:
    Briefly why you want to do the programme • Whether you have any relevant other qualifications or work experience, especially legal research experience, and if so, the nature thereof • If you have not attained the minimum average for admission (70% for the LLM by Coursework and Research Report) you should explain why not If you are applying for the LLM by Coursework and Research Report and have an average mark of between 65% and 70%, you are strongly advised to provide evidence of your ability to perform legal research and produce writing of a high standard. Such evidence could, for instance, consist of a legal publication or a law essay written by you that received a high mark.

Masters (LLM) by Dissertation

Prospective Research students should, in the first instance, contact the Chair of Postgraduate Studies at the School of Law before making a formal application so that the School can evaluate the students’ research plans, academic qualifications and ascertain the availability of supervision in the chosen topic. The Chair requires the students CV, copies of Degree certificates, academic transcripts and a brief outline in the form of a four- to five- page document containing a descriptive title and a summary of the research to be undertaken and the principal questions to be investigated. These should be sent to

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Application Process

  • Please note that the Entry Requirements are a guide. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.
  • Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre. Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
  • Please apply online. Upload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal, view academic application status, accept or decline an offer, apply and check residence application status, and generate a fees estimate.
  • Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.

For more information, contact the Student Call Centre +27 (0)11 717 1888, or log a query at

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