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; a three-year LLB stream (for students who decide, after completing a first degree, to study law); and a four-year LLB stream where students can start studying law directly from matric.
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.
The four-year stream
Students enter this stream directly from matric.