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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:

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

Honours: 

  • 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.

Doctorate: 

  • 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 Prof Ntombizozuko Dyani-Mhango Ntombizozuko.Dyani-Mhango@wits.ac.za

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Application Process

  • Please apply online. If you are unable to apply online, please download and complete the application form.
  • Some programmes require additional departmental forms. Please fill in these additional forms as the application is not complete until this is done and ensure you provide all the requested supporting documentation within the timeframes for submission of the documentation. Applications that remain incomplete are withdrawn by the University.
  • It should be noted that no more than two choices of degree and/or diploma are permitted.
  • All additional documentation required by the University must be uploaded via the Self Service Portal https://self-service.wits.ac.za.  The University would request for the duly certified hard copies of all academic qualifications only if your application to study is successful.
  • All postgraduate applicants are required to pay an application fee of R200. Current University of the Witwatersrand students who apply online are not liable for this fee.
  • Once the application is complete in terms of the requested documentation, the application is then referred to the relevant School for assessment.  Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal https://self-service.wits.ac.za.
  • 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.
  • All applicants will receive their correspondence via their e-mail and can also view it on the Self Service Portal.
  • Applicants that are requested to provide an Academic Transcript and Degree Certificate are reminded that we require these documents for all tertiary qualifications, please note that credit certificates or statement of results are not acceptable. Applicants that are currently studying would be required to upload the Final Academic Record only once the final results become available towards the end of the academic year.      

For more information, please visit the Postgraduate Study at Wits site, or contact the Student Call Centre +27 (0)11 717 1888, or log a query at www.wits.ac.za/askwits.

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