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Bachelor of Laws (LLB) The LLB degree provides students with a sound knowledge of the general principles of the South African legal system, and an ability to use legal materials effectively.
Bachelor of Laws (LLB) The LLB degree provides students with a sound knowledge of the general principles of the South African legal system, and an ability to use legal materials effectively.

Qualification: LLB

School: Law

Faculty: Commerce, Law and Management

Duration: 2-4 years

Study mode: Full-time

Overview

If you want to practise law, you need at least an LLB degree. You have several options if you want to study law at Wits. 

  • The four-year stream
    Students enter this stream directly from matric.
    The four-year programme comprises mostly law subjects with several Humanity or Commerce subjects at first year level. You must take certain core law subjects if you wish to graduate with an LLB. Other subjects form a set of electives you can choose from.
  • 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 two-year stream
    Students enter this stream when they decide to complete a Wits BA(Law) or a BCom(Law) before entering the LLB. Since students are given credit for the law courses completed in the BA or BCom degrees towards the LLB, they can complete the LLB in two years. 
First-year
  • Law of Persons
  • Family Law
  • Introduction to Law for LLB students
  • (Certificate of Competence in Computer Literacy)

AND

You must complete one or more courses from any other Faculty in the University, to the value of 36 LLB credits.

Second-year
  • Law of Persons
  • Family Law
  • Introduction to Law for Graduates
  • Constitutional Law
  • Constitutional Law: Bill of Rights
  • Criminal Law
  • Delict
  • Jurisprudence
Third-year
  • Law of Succession
  • Business Entities
  • Contract
  • Civil Procedure
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Ethics and Law: Theory and Practice
  • Evidence
  • Property
  • Public International Law
Fourth-year
  • Practical Legal Studies
  • Administrative Law
  • Customary Law
  • Insolvency
  • Labour Law

AND

  • Four electives

Four-year stream

43+

English Home Language OR Additional First Language
Level 6

Mathematics
Level 5

Maths Literacy
Level 6

Wait-listing: Students who come to Wits immediately after Matric may apply for the four-year LLB. Applicants with an APS of 40-42, as well as English 6 AND Mathematics 5 OR Maths Literacy 6, will be wait-listed, subject to place availability.

Three-year stream

No matric APS calculation.

Wait-listing

If you completed a degree with no law courses, you can apply for the three-year LLB, which means you would start in the second year of the degree. There are no Matric admission criteria because we consider your academic records from your first degree. You must have obtained an average of least 60% in the final year of an undergraduate degree to be eligible for the three year LLB.

Two-year stream

No matric APS calculation.

Wait-listing

Once you have obtained a degree in BCom Law or BA Law, you may apply for the Wits two-year stream LLB programme. You will have to complete years three and four of the Wits LLB. There are no Matric admission criteria, but you must have obtained at least 65% in the final year of the BCom Law or BA Law programmes offered at Wits.

  • The Student Enrolment Centre at Wits handles all student applications.
  • Please click here for an overview of the application process.
  • Check the admission requirements for your degree. Check if any additional selection requirements apply. 
  • Submit your application, required documentation and application fee before the closing date.
  • Once you have applied, an admissions consultant will be assigned to your application.
  • Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal.
  • If you are an international applicant and/or have a foreign qualification, please click here.

Click here to see the current average tuition fees for the first year of study. The Fees Office website also provides information about the payment of fees and closing dates for fees payments. Once you have applied you will be able to access the fees estimator on the student self-service portal. 

The Financial aid office provides information about on student funding and scholarships. University funded Scholarships include Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships, University Entrance Scholarships, Equality Scholarships, Sports Scholarships and National Olympiad winner awards. For information about NSFAS funding, please visit the NSFAS websiteExternal bursaries portal: The Bursaries South Africa website provides a comprehensive list of bursaries in South Africa.