The BA with Law is the foundation for a more advanced study of law.


Students interested in studying law are encouraged to take a complete BA or BCom degree first, preferably choosing Law as one of their majors.

This enables students to get a feeling for the general law subjects before committing to the study of Law, whilst also developing knowledge and skills in other disciplines which will be useful to them in the context in which they will one day be practising law.

Students envisaging a future in human rights, family law, constitutional law, international law, etc. amongst others are advised to begin their legal studies with a BA (with Law major), pairing this with courses like politics, sociology, economics or languages.

The BA is also a route to an LLB qualification, taken over two years after completing a BA (with Law major) degree; or over three years if no law courses are completed during your BA degree.

Career Opportunities

Future career opportunities after further study:

  • Advocate
  • Arbitrator
  • Attorney
  • Conveyancer
  • Judge
  • Legal Advisor
  • Mediator
  • Negotiator
  • Professional Counsellor
  • Prosecutor

Entry Requirements

APS 43+

English Home Language OR First Additional Language Level 5

Mathematics Level 3

Maths Literacy Level 4


Applicants with an APS of 40-42 will be wait-listed, subject to place availability.

University Application Process

  • 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.

Compliance with the minimum requirements does not guarantee a place at the University. The University has a specific number of places for first year undergraduates, approved by the Department of Higher Education and Training. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

University Fees and Funding

Click here to see the current average tuition fees for the first year of study. The Fees 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 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.

Wits Plus applicants: terms of payment are in accordance with University regulations, and students are not eligible for University bursaries/NSFAS or residential accommodation.