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Programme overview

Graduates should be able critically to assess, interpret and apply the law and have the historical, comparative and jurisprudential background that is essential for a thorough and critical understanding of law and legal institutions.

The courses taken for the LLB are Administrative Law, Business Entities, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Constitutional Law: Bill of Rights, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Introduction to law (A or B), International Law, Jurisprudence Contract, Delict, Law of Persons, Family Law, Property, Ethics and the Law: Theory and Practice, Practical Legal Studies, Public International Law and elective courses. 

These courses are offered in three streams: a two-year LLB stream where students choose to first do a BA (Law) or a BCom (Law) which feeds into the LLB; and a three-year LLB stream (for students who decide, after completing a first degree, to study law).

 

The two-year stream

Students enter this stream when they decide to complete a BA (Law) or a BCom(Law) before entering the LLB. Since students are given credit (totaling not more than 50% of the credits for the LLB) for the law courses completed in the BA or BCom degrees towards the LLB, they can complete the LLB in two years. 

The three-year stream

Students enter this stream after having completed a bachelor’s degree without doing any law courses. Since they have had an opportunity to develop their critical and analytical skills in a first degree, they are equipped to deal with legal studies in an effective manner and may finish the LLB in three years.

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Career Opportunities

A law degree equips you for many exciting careers in the legal profession, in industry and commerce, or in government and the diplomatic corps.

Attorneys deal directly with the public and offer advice and assistance on litigation, commercial, tax and family law.

Advocates obtain their work from attorneys and conduct criminal and civil cases in the Magistrate or Supreme Courts and give opinions on legal matters.

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Entry Requirements

 
 

Commerce, Law and Management 

Programme
Minimum Admission Requirements 
Selection procedures
APS
Subjects & achieved scale
Bachelor of Commerce
(3 years)
  - General
  - Accounting
  - Information
     Systems
  - PPE
39 +
English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5
Mathematics - 5
Applicants with an APS between 35 - 38, as well as English 6 and Mathematics 6, will be waitlisted subject to the number of places available.
Bachelor of Commerce with Law
(3 years)
43 +
English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5
Mathematics - 5
Applicants with an APS between 35 - 42, as well as English 6 and Mathematics 6, will be waitlisted subject to the number of places available.
Bachelor of Economic Science 
(3 years)
42 +

English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5
Mathematics - 6

  • Maths Major - Mathematics 6
  • Actuarial Science - English and Mathematics 7                    
Applicants with an APS between 39 - 41, as well as English 5 and Mathematics 7, will be waitlisted subject to the number of places available.
Bachelor of Accounting Science 
(3 years)
42 +
English HL or 1st Add Lang - 5
Mathematics - 6
Applicants with an APS between 39 - 41, as well as English 6 and Mathematics 6, will be waitlisted subject to the number of places available.
LLB (for Graduates only)
No Matric APS calculation 
Subject to assessment criteria as determined by the School of Law, and availability of places
The 4 year LLB was dicontinued at the end of 2014. Applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree at an institution other than Wits are required to apply for the 3 year LLB programme. Wits applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree without Law modules are also required to apply for the 3 year LLB. Wits applicants who have completed a BA Law or BCom Law are eligible to apply for the 2 year LLB. 
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Application Process

Your application

  • You may apply for three programmes (degrees).
  • Applications to Wits must enclose a non-refundable application fee of R100 (for international applicants, R700).

Documentation / Checklist

  • Submit your Grade 11 report which must be signed and stamped by your school principal.
  • If you have already matriculated, attach a copy of your matric certificate.

Submit your application, required documentation and application fee before the closing date.

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Closing Dates

30 June 2018
Faculty of Health Sciences (All programmes)
Bachelor of Architecture
Bachelor of Audiology
Bachelor of Speech-Language Pathology

30 September 2018
All other University programmes
Residence applications 

Online applications
  • Complete an online application to study at Wits
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Course Costs

The average course costs for local students range from R34 000 to R62 000, depending on the course and the number of years of study.
Tuition fees are payable for each course for which a student is registered. 

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