This programme is available for international students.
Closing date for applications: SA applicants – 30 November; non-SA applicants – 31 August.
The duration of the programme will, in general, be four semesters (two years), subject to fulfillment of all the requirements for the degree and payment of the full amount prescribed for the LLM degree.
The two-year period may only be extended by the Postgraduate Committee on the recommendation of the relevant head of department based on good reason shown and if it is clear that the student will be able to complete the programme in a further year of study.
Please contact the Faculty with regard to specific regulations pertaining to LLM degree programmes.
An LLB or a BProc or an equivalent qualification from a foreign university that allows the applicant entrance to the formal legal profession.
In addition to an LLB or a BProc or an equivalent qualification from a foreign university that allows the applicant entrance to the formal legal profession, the following requirements are set for admission of a prospective student to the LLM Coursework programme:
A minimum average mark of 65% with respect to the prescribed final-year modules of the undergraduate programme is required for admission to an LLM coursework programme. Where an average of below 65% is achieved, the student may be admitted on the of the relevant head of department after consultation with the programme coordinator and consideration of other merits.
Linguistic competence, primarily in English. Foreign applicants who did not complete undergraduate studies through the medium of English must show proof of competence in English at a minimum average level of 6 out of 10 for IELTS a minimum total score of 83 in TOEFL calculated as follows: reading 21, listening 17, speaking 23 and writing 22.
Foreign qualifications are subject to SAQA evaluation.
Even though a student may comply with the above requirements, the Dean may, on the recommendation of the head of the presenting a specific degree or module, refuse to accept a prospective student for any LLM programme if such a student's performance in the chosen modules or field of study during undergraduate study was not satisfactory. Alternatively, the Dean could set additional requirements with a view to admission. An admission examination may also be required in respect of a particular programme or module.
Other programme-specific information
This is a selection programme and only selected applicants will be admitted to the programme.
The mini-dissertation must comprise 13 000 to 15 000 words – including footnotes, but excluding the list of contents and the bibliography.
Any request for an extension of the period for the submission of the mini-dissertation may only be granted by the Dean on the recommendation of the Postgraduate Committee.
The relevant head of department must recommend a supervisor and a title for a mini-dissertation, and these must be approved by the Postgraduate Committee. The mini-dissertation must be assessed and finalised as set out in the Faculty Board-approved LLM Policy Document of the Faculty.
Mini-dissertations must be submitted in the format determined by the supervisor and approved by the Postgraduate Committee.
The supervisor may likewise and subject to the approval of the Postgraduate Committee also determine the research topic and the scope of the proposed research.
Pass with distinction
For the degree to be awarded with distinction a student must obtain an average of at least 75% for all the coursework modules together, as well as a minimum of 75% for the mini-dissertation. The modules must have been written for the first time.