The Dean determines which elective modules will be presented each year, taking into consideration the availability of lecturing personnel, space and financial implications and/or other circumstances. The Dean may determine the maximum number of registrations for a specific elective module. The Dean may, on recommendation of the relevant head of department, determine that a particular fourth-year elective module will not be offered where on the first day of lectures nine or fewer students are registered for the module.
The Dean has the discretion to credit any other legal module of equal standard passed at another institution as an elective.
The following aspects should be kept in mind:
• Students have to familiarise themselves with the prerequisites for modules from other faculties.
• The modules must fit in on the timetable.
• Number limits of some modules.
Advisory note: Students who intend to pursue an LLB degree must note that to obtain the LLB degree they will be required to obtain at least 24 credits from the following list of language modules: AFR 110, AFR 120, AFR 114, ENG 118, ENG 110, ENG 120.
Elective modules for fourth year of study:
4 modules selected from the following list:
• Law and transformation 410 (AMR 410)
• Alternative dispute resolution 420 (AGF 420)
• Child law 410 (KID 410)
• Deeds and notarial practice 410 (ANO 410) [prerequisite: SAR 310]
• Education law 420 (ONR 420)
• Environmental law 410 (OMR 410)
• Information and communications technology law 420 (KUB 420)
• International elective module 1 (IET 411)
• International elective module 2 (IET 412)
• International elective module 3 (IET 413)
• International elective module 4 (IET 414)
• International humanitarian law 420 (PUR 420)
• Jurisprudence 420 (JUR 420)
• Land and land reform law 420 (GHR 420)
• Law and the community 420 (CLW 420)
• Law of banking and financial institutions 410 (LBF 410)
• Law of damages 410 (SGR 410)
• Law of securities 410 (LOC 410)
• Legal problems of HIV and Aids 410 (RHV 410)
• Media law 420 (MDR 420)
• Medical law 410 (GRG 410)
• Moot Court 420 (SKH 420)(students representing UP in the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition or in the Phillip Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition)
• Municipal law 410 (MRG 410)
• Practical law 400 (PRR 400)(see # below) (20 credits; 2 electives)
• Private international law 410 (IPR 410)
• Social security law 420 (SOR 420)
• Sports law 420 (SRR 420)
• Statutory crimes 410 (SMI 410)
• Tax practice 420 (BLP 420)
• Transnational business law 420 (TBR 420)
• Trusts and estates 410 (TBS 410)
# Practical law 400
The number of students who may be admitted to the module Practical law (PRR 400) is predetermined by the Dean, in consultation with the Head of the Department of Procedural Law.
Prospective students must apply for admission to the module.
Should more students apply for admission to the module than can be accepted, a selection process will take place on the basis of a student's previous performance and an interview with the Director of the Law Clinic.
Students are promoted on the basis of tests, satisfactory execution of assignments, sessions in the Law Clinic and an oral examination.
Practical law (PRR 400) counts 20 credits and counts as two electives.
Certain modules are only applicable to exchange students.
1. Repeating of modules and maximum number of modules per year
• Students who fail modules must repeat the modules in the following year.
• Students will, however, not be allowed to take more than 200 credits per year. (This will mean that in certain instances students will not be allowed to take all the modules required for a specific year as the outstanding modules must first be repeated and passed.) The Dean may, however, exercise discretion to grant exemption from this provision.
• It is the student’s responsibility to choose modules that will not lead to class, test or examination timetable clashes.
2. Credit for modules
Students transferring from another university can only obtain credit for at the most 50% of the modules needed for the degree and must complete at least 50% of the modules at the University of Pretoria.
Dean's merit list
The Student Administration office publishes the Dean’s merit list by March of every calendar year. The list contains the student numbers, in chronological sequence, of those students who achieved a weighted average (ie in accordance with the credit value of each module) of at least 75% in the preceding calendar year.
The weighted average is calculated as follows: The final mark obtained for each module for which the student registered in the preceding calendar year is multiplied by the credit value for that particular module. The sum of the values so obtained for each module are added together and divided by the total of the credit values of all modules for which the student registered in the preceding calendar year. The average so calculated is not rounded off.
A student who failed module(s) or who failed to gain entrance to the exam in the module(s) in a given calendar year may not appear on the Dean’s merit list for that calendar year. A student who registered for less than nine modules in a calendar year may not appear on the Dean’s merit list for that calendar year. Modules passed at other universities are not considered in calculating the weighted average.