This programme is available for international students.
Closing date for applications: SA applicants – 30 September; non-SA applicants – 31 August.
The duration of the programme will, in general, be four semesters (two years), subject to fulfilment 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.
- LLB degree or BProc degree or relevant degree from a foreign university that allows entrance to the formal legal profession
- A weighted average of at least 65% at final-year level
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.