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LLB Programme

Students wishing to embark on a law degree can choose from two Graduate entry LLB programmes

The four-year LLB programme was discontinued in 2015. Please click here for more information

If you are a student who is currently registered in another Faculty at Wits and you wish to add Law as a major to form part of another degree (e.g. BA/ BCom/BSc), please click here for the application form.

The Graduate Entry LLB Programme

Why study at Wits School of Law?

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.

Available Programmes

Prospective students should apply for the BCom with Law (CB013) or the BA with Law (AB002). 

The following programmes are available:

  • The 2-year LLB programme. Requirements: a first award (degree), usually a BA or a BCom, where law has been taken as a unit set (major subject);
  • The 3-year programme. Requirements: a first award, usually a BA or BCom, where no law units have been completed.
Admission Requirements
  • The Bachelor of Law (LLB) will be held in abeyance from 2015.
  • Students must apply to study law through a BA/BCom majoring in law.
  • To qualify to major in law students must have 43 NSC points.
  • After completing a BA/BCom majoring in law students can then proceed to do a 2 year LLB degree.
  • Students are also able to complete a BA/BCom/BSc degree without law and then apply to study the 3 year LLB degree.

Fields of Study for the LLB Programme

The Two-Year LLB

The two-year LLB programme is structured as follows:

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

The three-year LLB programme is aimed at students who already have an undergraduate degree but do not have any law credits. It is therefore best suited to students who make a later decision to pursue a career in law, following the completion of their first undergraduate degree.

The three-year LLB programme is also sometimes chosen by students who wish to specialise in a particular area of law. For example, they may wish to become a specialist in patent law or forensic medical law, and might have attained a degree in engineering/science or medicine first.

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

For more information on this programme, please contact:

Ms. Lerato Phiri
Room 05, Ground Floor, Oliver Schreiner Building, Braamfontein Campus West
27 (0) 11 717 8422

Ms. Shobhna Sugam
Room 12, Ground Floor, Oliver Schreiner Building, Braamfontein Campus West
27 (0) 11 717 8401

Email: Undergraduate.Law@wits.ac.za

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