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LLB Programme

The Wits School of Law LLB programme gives students access to a range of legal careers.

The programme offerings of the School of Law’s are highly prized in the marketplace for their high standards of academic excellence and practical relevance. The wide range of subjects taught by acknowledged experts allows students to develop themselves into world-class legal specialists.

The Wits School of Law offers the LLB programme in two streams

  1. A two-year LLB stream where students choose to first do a BA (Law) or a B Com (Law) which feeds into the LLB
  2. A three-year LLB stream (for students who decide, after completing a first degree, to study law)

Please visit the Student Enrolment website for admissions requirements, closing dates, applications and information on how to apply to Wits.

Fields of Study for the LLB Programme

The Two-Year LLB Stream

Students enter this stream when they decide to complete a BA (Law) or a B Com (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 B Com degrees towards the LLB, they can complete the LLB in two years.

The following units must be completed:

  • Introduction to Law
  • Law of Contract
  • Criminal Law
  • Law of Persons
  • Family Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Constitutional Law: The Bill of Rights

1st Year

  • Law of Delict
  • Public International Law
  • Property Law
  • Business Entities
  • Civil Procedure
  • Jurisprudence
  • Criminal Procedure

2nd Year

  • Law of Evidence
  • Practical Legal Studies
  • Administrative Law
  • Independent Research Essay
  • 5 Electives
The Three-Year LLB 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 three-year LLB programme is structured as follows:

1st Year:

  • Introduction to Law
  • Family Law
  • Law of Persons
  • Law of Contract
  • Law of Delict
  • Jurisprudence

2nd Year:

  • Criminal Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Constitutional Law: Bill of Rights
  • Public International Law
  • Property Law
  • Business Entities
  • Civil Procedure

3rd Year:

  • Law of Evidence
  • Practical Legal Studies
  • Administrative Law
  • Independent Research Essay
  • 5 electives
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