Enhance your skills with a postgraduate qualification from the Wits School of Law. This section gives details of our various postgraduate study options
There are several options for students who wish to pursue a postgraduate qualification at the Wits School of Law. Interested students can pursue one of the following:
LLM by Coursework and Research Report
The LLM by coursework and research report comprises four courses, two of which must be taken at ‘core’ level (NQF level 9) and two at ‘non-core’ level (NQF level 8). In addition, students must attend a compulsory course in Research Methodology and complete a research report of 10 000 words. Students may complete an LLM in one of the designated fields, or select their courses according to their interests and professional needs.
We admit only law graduates and legal professionals who have the interest, ability and time to conduct research at an advanced academic level. Entry to the program is limited.
The duration of the full-time LLM is one year, and the part-time LLM is two years. Please note that not all courses and specialisations are available full-time.
In 2018 we will be offering the LLM in the following fields of study:
- Commercial and Business Law
- Corporate Law
- Environmental Law
- Human Rights Advocacy and Litigation
- Information and Communications Law
- International Law
- International Law and Economics (part-time only)
- Labour Law
- Pensions Law (part-time only)
- Tax Law (part-time only)
The deadline for applications to the LLM by Coursework and Research Report is 31 October for South African students and 30 September for international Students.
There is a mid year intake for the General, Information & Communications and Commercial & Business Law LLM by Coursework and Research Report Programmes. The opening date for mid year applications is 1 March 2018 and the closing date is 15 May 2018.
Applications are processed through the Wits online application system which can be accessed here.
Postgraduate Diploma in Law
The postgraduate diploma mirrors the LLM content and fields, but requires less in-depth research. Students take four courses at non-core level, either in one of the designated fields, or they may choose from the available course to suit their interests and professional needs.
Entry to the program is limited. The Law School admits only law graduates and legal professionals who have demonstrated their ability to undertake and complete advanced academic study.
Students may apply to the Director of the LLM to change their registration from the Postgraduate Diploma to the LLM by Coursework and vice versa.
Please note that not all courses and specialisations are available full-time.
The closing date for applications to the Postgraduate Diploma in Law has been extended to 30 September for South African Students and 31 August for international students.
There is a mid year intake for the General, Information & Communications and Commercial & Business Law Postgraduate Diploma in Law Programmes. The opening date for mid year applications is 1 March 2018 and the closing date is 15 May 2018.
Mandela Institute Short Courses
The Mandela Institute offers a wide range of stand-alone courses that can be taken as a certificate of attendance or a certificate of competence. Some of these courses are equivalent to Postgraduate Diploma or LLM courses, and can be credited towards these programmes. These courses are ideal for graduates or professionals who are looking to acquire advanced knowledge in specific subjects. For more information about certificate courses offered, including admission requirements and dates, please enquire from the Mandela Institute.
LLM by Dissertation
The LLM by dissertation is suitable for students who have an interest in conducing independent and highly specialized academic research which may not be available as postgraduate courses. Our academics have expertise to supervise in an extensive range of legal topics which fall outside the scope of the coursework postgraduate offerings, but which would enhance the professional expertise and standing of those who complete this degree.
The LLM by Dissertation is therefore suitable for law graduates and legal professionals who wish to enhance their knowledge of highly specialized areas and for those who wish to become legal academics. Entry to the LLM by Dissertation depends on the candidate’s demonstrated ability to conduct high level academic research and the Law School’s availability of supervision capacity in the particular area.
Similarly to LLM by dissertation, the School admits a small number of students for PhD level study.