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Short Courses at the Mandela Institute

The Mandela Institute offers continuing professional development in the form of stand-alone short courses. These courses are aimed at practitioners and law graduates who wish to gain new knowledge or update their skills, or to graduates who want to learn about various aspects of the law.

  

Short Course General Information

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for Accredited and Non-Accredited Courses

A relevant Bachelor of Laws or Bachelor of Commerce in Law or Bachelor of Arts in Law or equivalent qualification is a prerequisite for admission to the postgraduate certificate courses;

OR

Applicants with any other undergraduate qualifications must complete the bridging course Introduction to Law for Non- Lawyers or equivalent courses first as well as have relevant legal work experience in the specific legal field before they would be considered for other courses.

You will be required to submit:

  • Certified copies of Qualifications and Academic Records
  • Certified copy of Identity Document or Passport

Kindly note that all foreign qualifications must be submitted with a SAQA Evaluation Letter.

NB: ONLY applicants with an LLB qualification may apply for credit for MI short courses towards the Postgraduate Diploma or LLM degrees.

Entry Requirements for Labour Dispute Resolution Practice (LDRP) Courses

A relevant Bachelor of Laws or Bachelor of Commerce in Law or Bachelor of Arts in Law or equivalent qualification is a prerequisite for admission to the postgraduate certificate courses;

OR

Applicants with any other undergraduate qualifications with relevant labour law experience must complete a diagnostic assessment to determine if they qualify to start with the Labour Dispute Resolution Practice courses or if they need to complete the bridging course Foundations of Commercial Law Practice.   You need to obtain 50% for the diagnostic assessment to qualify to start with the Labour Dispute Resolution Practice courses, those below 50% will need to complete the bridging course Foundations of Commercial Law Practice.

Kindly note that basic computer literacy skills are compulsory for all courses.

You will be required to submit:

  • Certified copies of Qualifications and Academic Records
  • Certified copy of Identity Document or Passport
  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae

Kindly note that all foreign qualifications must be submitted with a SAQA Evaluation Letter.

NB: ONLY applicants with an LLB qualification may apply for credit for MI short courses towards the Postgraduate Diploma or LLM degrees.

Certifications

The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (Wits) is recognised as a South African public university in terms of the Higher Education Act 101 of 1997, as amended. The Mandela Institute is a Centre within Wits and is accredited to offer certificate courses through Wits internal accreditation processes.

A postgraduate certificate course is always less than a full time year of study and there are two types of certificate courses on offer:

  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Certificate of Competence

Certificate of Competence

To obtain a certificate of competence, students are required to attend and participate in 75% of the lectures and to complete the assessments as required in the course. Please note that if you register for a Certificate of Competence and do not complete or fail the assessment, no certificate will be issued.

Certificate of Attendance

To obtain a certificate of attendance, students are required to attend and participate in 75% of the lectures.

Notification of change in registration i.e. Certificate of Competence to Certificate of Attendance or vice versa needs to be received within 3 weeks from the start of the course.

Course Costs

The fees for Mandela Institute short courses vary.

1st Semester
Advanced Individual Labour Law R 15 200,00
Basic Administrative Law for Regulators 15 200,00
Collective Labour Law Practice and Jurisdiction R 13 000,00
Company Law I 15 200,00
Competition Law 15 200,00
Cyber Law 15 200,00
Foundations of Commercial Law Practice 13 000,00
Human Rights Advocacy and Litigation 15 200,00
Human Rights & the Marketplace 15 200,00
Individual Labour Law Practice 13 000,00
International Law on Foreign Investments 15 200,00
International Trade Law I 15 200,00
Introduction to Law for Non-Lawyers 13 000,00
Labour Arbitration 13 000,00
Labour Dispute Resolution Practice R 50 000,00
Law of Banking and Financial Markets 15 200,00
Media Law 15 200,00
Mediation & Conciliation 13 000,00
Mining Tax Law 15 200,00
Procurement Law 15 200,00
Research Methodology 15 200,00
Risk, Compliance and Governance 19 000,00 
Tax Administration Law 15 200,00
2nd Semester
Access to Information and Privacy Law R 15 200,00
Advanced Administrative Law R 15 200,00
Advanced Collective Labour Law R 15 200,00
Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism R 15 200,00
Climate Change and Energy Law R 15 200,00
Collective Labour Law Practice & Jurisdiction R 13 000,00
Company Law II R 15 200,00
Construction and Engineering Law R 15 200,00
Court Annexed Mediation R 15 200,00
Foundations of Commercial Law Practice R 13 000,00
Individual Labour Law Practice R 13 000,00
Intellectual Property Law R 15 200,00
International Business Transactions Law R 15 200,00
International Trade Law II R 15 200,00
Labour Arbitration R 13 000,00
Labour Dispute Resolution Practice R 52 000,00
Mediation & Conciliation R 13 000,00
Prospecting and Mining Law R 15 200,00
Risk, Compliance and Governance R 19 000,00
Tax Administration Law R 15 200,00

 

 

Course Dates and Duration

1st Semester Application: 5 September 2021 to 30 January 2022

1st SemesterCourse Dates & DurationApplication Dates
Advanced Individual Labour Law This is a semester-long course offered in the 1st semester where participants attend evening lectures from 17:30 to 19:00 once a week during the period 28 February to 07 June 2022.

5 September 2021 - 31 January 2022

Basic Administrative Law for Regulators This is a block release course where participants attend daily lectures from 08:30 to 16:30 during the period 23 to 27 May 2022.

5 September 2021 - 27 February 2022

Collective Labour Law Practice & Jurisdiction This is a block release course where participants attend daily lectures from 08:30 to 16:30 during the period Saturday 02 – Saturday 09 April 2022 (excluding Sunday). 5 September 2021 -           30 January 2022
Company Law I This is semester-long course offered in the 1st semester where participants attend lectures on a Saturday morning from 08:30 to 10:00 during the period 25 February to 07 June 2022. 5 September 2021 - 30 January 2022
Competition Law This is a semester-long course offered in the 1st semester where participants attend evening lectures from 17:30 to 19:00 once a week during the period 28 February to 07 June 2022.

5 September 2021-          30 January 2022

Cyber Law This is a semester-long course offered in the 1st semester where participants attend evening lectures from 17:30 to 19:00 once a week during the period 28 February to 07 June 2022. 5 September 2021 - 30 January 2022
Foundations of Commercial Law Practice This is a semester-long course offered in the 1st semester where participants attend weekly and  Saturday lectures from 8:30 to 16:30  during the period 08 January to 12 February 2022. 5 September 2021 -
05 December 2021
Human Rights Advocacy and Litigation This is a semester-long course offered in the 1st semester where participants attend evening lectures from 17:30 to 19:00 once a week during the period 28 February to 07 June 2022. 5 September 2021 - 30 January 2022
Human Rights and the Marketplace This is a semester-long course offered in the 1st semester where participants attend evening lectures from 17:30 to 19:00 once a week during the period 28 February to 07 June 2022. 5 September 2021 - 30 January 2022
Individual Labour Law Practice This is a block release course where participants attend daily lectures from 08:30 to 16:30 during the period Saturday 16 – Saturday 23 January 2021 (excluding Sunday). 5 September 2021 -          30 January 2022
International Trade Law I This is a semester-long course offered in the 1st semester where participants attend evening lectures from 17:30 to 19:00 once a week during the period 28 February to 07 June 2022. 5 September 2021 - 30 January 2022

Introduction to Law for Non-Lawyers

This is a semester-long course offered in the 1st semester where participants attend classes over 6 Saturday mornings from 9.00 to 13:30 on the following days: 22 Jan to 12 March 2022. 5 September 2021 -
05 December 2022
Labour Arbitration This is a block release course where participants attend daily lectures from 08:30 to 16:30 during the period Saturday 18 – Saturday 25 June 2021 (excluding Sunday). 5 September 2021 -
30 January 2022
Labour Dispute Resolution Practice This is 4 block release courses where participants attend scheduled daily lectures from 08:30 to 16:30 during the period 26 February – 25 June 2022 (excluding Sundays). 5 September 2021-
5 December 2022
Law of Banking and Financial Markets This is a semester-long course offered in the 1st semester where participants attend evening lectures from 17:30 to 19:00 once a week during the period 28 February to 07 June 2022. 5 September 2021 - 30 January 2022
Media Law This is a semester-long course offered in the 1st semester where participants attend evening lectures from 17:30 to 19:00 once a week during the period 28 February to 07 June 2022. 5 September 2021 - 30 January 2022
Mediation & Conciliation This is a block release course where participants attend daily lectures from 08:30 to 16:30 during the period Saturday 14 – Saturday 21 May 2022 (excluding Sunday). 5 September 2021 -
30 January 2022
Mining Tax Law This is a semester-long course offered in the 1st semester where participants attend classes over 5 Saturday mornings from 8.30 to 14:00 during the following days: 19 Feb, 19 March, 23 April, 21 May and 25 June 2022. 5 September 2021-
30 January 2022
Procurement Law This is a block release course where participants attend daily (Monday to Wednesday) lectures from 08:30 to 16:30 during the period 9 - 11 May and 16 -19 May 2022. 5 September 2021 - 30 January 2022
Research Methodology This is a block release course where participants attend Saturday lectures from 10:30 to 13:30. Dates to be finalised for 2022. 5 September 2021 - 30 January 2022
Risk, Compliance and Governance This is a block release course where participants attend daily lectures from 8.30 to 16:30 during the period Monday 23 May to Friday 27 May 2022. 5 September 2021 -
30 March 2022
Tax Administration Law This is a block release course where participants attend daily lectures from 8.30 to 16:30 during the period Monday 24 January to Friday 28 January 2022. 5 September 2021 -          05 December 2021
2nd SemesterCourse Dates & DurationApplication Dates
Access to Information and Privacy Law This is a semester-long course offered in the 2nd semester where participants attend evening lectures from 17:30 to 19:00 once a week during the period 25 July to 31 October 2022.

1 March - 30 June 2022

Advanced Administrative Law This is a semester-long course offered in the 2nd semester where participants attend evening lectures from 17:30 to 19:00 once a week during the period 25 July to 31 October 2022. March - 30 June 2022
Advanced Collective Labour Law This is a semester-long course offered in the 2nd semester where participants attend evening lectures from 17:30 to 19:00 once a week during the period 25 July to 31 October 2022. March - 30 June 2022
Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing of Terrorism This is a block release course where participants attend daily lectures from 8.30 to 16:30 during the period Monday 10 October to Friday 15 October 2022. March - 30 August 2022
Collective Labour Law Practice and Jurisdiction This is a block release course where participants attend daily lectures from 08:30 to 16:30 during the period Saturday 27 August – Saturday 03 September 2022 (excluding Sunday). March - 30 June 2022
Company Law II This is semester-long course offered in the 2nd semester where participants attend lectures on a Saturday morning from 08:30 to 10:00 during the period 25 July to 31 October 2022. March - 30 June 2022
Construction and Engineering Law This is a semester-long course offered in the 2nd semester where participants attend evening lectures from 17:30 to 19:00 once a week during the period 25 July to 31 October 2022. March - 30 June 2022
Court Annexed Mediation This is a block release course where participants attend daily lectures from 08:30 to 16:30 during the period Monday 22 to Friday 26 August 2022. March - 30 August 2022
Foundations of Commercial Law Practice This is a block release course where participants attend Saturday lectures from 08:30 to 16:30 during the period Saturday 28 May – 02 July 2022. 1 March - 30 April 2022
Individual Labour Law Practice This is a block release course where participants attend daily lectures from 08:30 to 16:30 during the period Saturday 23 – Saturday 30 July 2022 (excluding Sunday). 1 March - 30 June 2022
Intellectual Property Law This is a semester-long course offered in the 2nd semester where participants attend evening lectures from 17:30 to 19:00 once a week during the period 25 July to 31 October 2022. 1 March - 30 June 2022
International Trade Law II This is a semester-long course offered in the 2nd semester where participants attend evening lectures from 17:30 to 19:00 once a week during the period 25 July to 31 October 2022. 1 March - 30 June 2022
Labour Arbitration This is a block release course where participants attend daily lectures from 08:30 to 16:30 during the period Saturday 08 October – Saturday 15 October 2022 (excluding Sunday). 1 March - 30 August 2021
Labour Dispute Resolution Practice This is 4 block release courses where participants attend scheduled daily lectures from 08:30 to 16:30 during the period 23 July – 15 October 2022 (excluding Sundays). 1 March - 30 June 2022
Mediation & Conciliation This is a block release course where participants attend daily lectures from 08:30 to 16:30 during the period Saturday 10 September to Saturday 17 October 2022. 1 March - 30 August 2022
Prospecting and Mining Law This is a semester-long course offered in the 2nd semester where participants attend evening lectures from 17:30 to 19:00 once a week during the period 25 July to 31 October 2022. 1 March - 30 June 2022
Risk, Compliance and Governance This is a block release course where participants attend daily lectures from 8.30 to 16:30 during the period Monday 24 October to Friday 28 October 2022. 1 April - 30 August 2022
Payment of Fees
  • ALL fees must be paid ten (10) days before the start of either the semester course or the start of the block release course and registration is conditional on payment of tuition in full. You may not attend lectures before proof of payment is submitted to the Institute and your registration is confirmed.

  • The fees for courses are the responsibility of the individual attending the course. For sponsored students, the individual needs to ensure that the organisation will have enough time to process the payment. The payment must be made with the correct bank reference, and Proof of Payment should be send to the Mandela Institute on e-mail mandela.institute@wits.ac.za to confirm registration.

  • Non-attendance will not result in a reduction of fees, nor will it absolve the participant or the other signatories from full liability for the payment of fees.

  • Mandela Institute at the School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, reserves the right to change timetables, course commencement dates, postpone or cancel a course in its programme initially advertised and offered, on the basis of insufficient demand or on any other reasonable ground. In such a case a full refund will be made.

  • The student agrees to be bound by the rules of due performance. Mandela Institute at the School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, reserves the right to exclude the student from an examination and to withhold a student’s examination results and certificate if due performance requirements have not been met, without any way detracting from the right of the Mandela Institute at the School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand to recover fees payable.

  • No certificate will be issued to students who fail to pay their fees on time and any payment received after due date will be forfeited as a debt due to the university. 
Cancellation of a Course
  • Cancellation by registrant less than 10 calendar days before the start of the semester/course will result in liability for full payment of the fees. Any fees paid will be forfeited to the university and no refunds will be made.

  • Cancellation by registrant more than 30 calendar days before commencement of the semester/course will result in an administration fee of 15% of the total course fee.

  • Cancellation by registrant after commencement of the semester will result in liability for the full amount and forfeiture of all fees paid.
  • The Mandela Institute at the School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand reserves the right to postpone or cancel a course due to lack of demand.

  • In the event of cancellation, or reasonable postponement time at our instance, all fees paid will be refunded to the person/entity that made the original payment.

  • Cancellation of Registration can only be done on a Cancellation of Registration Form.  Please e-mail us on Mandela.Institute@wits.ac.za to request a Cancellation of Registration Form.
Access to University Resources

As a postgraduate certificate course student you will have access to the following University resources:

  • You will have perimeter access to the Wits campus but if you want to have access through the security booms you will need to obtain a parking permit. These can be obtained through the ICAM Centre and the Parking Office respectively and their offices are located in Solomon Mahlangu House on the East Campus.  Please note that you need to obtain your registration card from the Programme Assistant before proceeding to the ICAM Centre or the Parking Office to obtain your ICAM card and that there will be a fee payable for the access card and parking.

  • After obtaining your access card you will have access to the law library and full computer access in the library to all data bases and other electronic resources held by the University.

  • You will have access to the online library resources only while on campus.  Please note that when you are off campus only catalog information will be available as licensing agreements with vendors preclude you having off-campus access to electronic databases.

Please note that the above access only becomes available once full payment of tuition fees has been received.

Accreditation of Certificates

Accreditation of certificate courses for credits towards the Postgraduate Diploma in Law or LLM degree is subject to approval by the Postgraduate Diploma and LLM Programme Director and upon admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Law or LLM degree.

The certificate courses are stand-alone courses but if at the time of assessment the completion of the assessment for the certificate course conforms with the assessment requirements on a Postgraduate Diploma in Law or LLM level, application can be made for the certificate course to be accredited with credits once approval has been obtained to enter into the Postgraduate Diploma in Law or LLM degree.

You need to complete 2 certificate courses to apply for credits towards the Postgraduate Diploma in Law or LLM degree and an average percentage of 65% needs to be obtained for accreditation towards a Postgraduate Diploma and 70% for accreditation towards a Masters Degree. Application for credits towards the Postgraduate Diploma in Law or LLM degree must be made within three years of completing the certificate course.

For further information on the Postgraduate Diploma in Law and Master Degree please refer to the information available on the website on Postgraduate Studies at Wits School of Law.

Apply

You can only apply as follows:

  • Kindly ensure that you provide all the correct details on the online application form and should your employer be responsible for the payment please complete the relevant section before submitting, as invoices cannot be amended afterwards for employer details.

  • Please also submit a copy of your Identity Document or Passport as well as Bachelors Degree and academic records.

  • Applications for the Labour Dispute Resolution Practice courses and applications based on work experience need to submit the following additional documents with the completed application form:

  • A detailed motivation on reasons why applicants want to enrol for the courses;

    • A detailed Curriculum Vitae

    • Tertiary qualifications and academic records;

    • Identity document or passport.

  • Once the application form and necessary documents has been received, your application will be reviewed and accepted applications will be provisionally registered on the course and an invoice will be issued to you.
  • Proof of payment for the fees needs to be submitted by the stipulated date given in your provisional registration.

  • Once the payment has been confirmed a confirmation of registration will be sent.
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