Bachelor of Law Admission Requirements to South African Universities

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Here are the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Law in South African Universities:

University of Cape Town Admission Requirement for a degree in Law

There are three ways to do an LLB:

  • firstly, you could do a combined degree, where you do a 3-year undergraduate degree in Commerce or Humanities with Law subjects and then go on to the Law Faculty to do a 2-year LLB degree (eg. BComm LLB)
  • secondly, you could do a 4-year straight LLB where you would register straightaway in the Law Faculty
  • or you could register for a 3-year graduate LLB if you have an undergraduate with no law subjects, but decide you want to study Law after completing your first degree.  Please note that for the 3-yr LLB, you do not need to take the NBTs for your application.  You would need to have at least a 65 % GPA to be considered for admission, which is highly competitive.

University of Witwatersrand Bachelor of Law Admission Requirements

Four-year stream

43+

English Home Language OR Additional First Language
Level 6

Mathematics
Level 5

Maths Literacy
Level 6

Wait-listing: Students who come to Wits immediately after Matric may apply for the four-year LLB. Applicants with an APS of 40-42, as well as English 6 AND Mathematics 5 OR Maths Literacy 6, will be wait-listed, subject to place availability.

Three-year stream

No matric APS calculation.

Wait-listing

If you completed a degree with no law courses, you can apply for the three-year LLB, which means you would start in the second year of the degree. There are no Matric admission criteria because we consider your academic records from your first degree. You must have obtained an average of least 60% in the final year of an undergraduate degree to be eligible for the three year LLB.

Two-year stream

No matric APS calculation.

Wait-listing

Once you have obtained a degree in BCom Law or BA Law, you may apply for the Wits two-year stream LLB programme. You will have to complete years three and four of the Wits LLB. There are no Matric admission criteria, but you must have obtained at least 65% in the final year of the BCom Law or BA Law programmes offered at Wits.

University of the Western Cape Bachelor of Law Admission Requirements

DMISSION TO THE FACULTY

The requirements listed below are minimum requirements.

They qualify you to apply for a place as a student in the Faculty of Law, but they do not guarantee that you will be offered a place.

The Faculty can only accommodate a limited number of students and only the applicants with the best results will therefore be offered a place.

Please note that the following requirements qualify you to apply but selection happens in descending order, from the top student down, according to National Senior Certificate and Matriculation results.

LLB Four-year stream 

  The National Senior Certificate for Bachelors Degree study plus a score of no less than 37 points calculated according to the university’s approved points system, as well as the following specific programme requirements:

–     Level 4 (50-59%) in English (home or first additional language)

–     Level 3 (40-49%) in another language (home or first additional language)

–     Level 4 (50-59%) in Mathematics or in Mathematical Literacy

OR

 A qualification or level of competence which the Senate of the University has deemed to be equivalent to the requirements stipulated above.

 

 LLB Five-year stream  

a  The National Senior Certificate for Bachelors Degree study plus a score of no less than 32 points calculated according to the university’s approved points system, as well as the following specific programme requirements:

–    Level 4 (50-59%) in English (home or first additional language)

–    Level 3 (40-49%) in another language (home or first additional language)

–    Level 3 (40-49%) in Mathematics or in Mathematical Literacy

OR

b  A qualification or level of competence which the Senate of the University has deemed to be equivalent to the requirements stipulated above.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICANTS WHO MATRICULATED BEFORE 2008

LLB Four-year stream

a  Matriculation Exemption with a minimum of a C aggregate

OR

b  A qualification or level of competence which the Senate of the University has deemed to be equivalent to the requirements stipulated above.

 

LLB Five year stream

a  A Matriculation Exemption with a minimum of D aggregate or conditional exemption or an age exemption

OR

b  A qualification or level of competence which the Senate of the University has deemed to be equivalent to the requirements stipulated above.

 

Recognition of Prior Learning is an alternative admissions route into the university.

Applicants who do not have the required formal qualifications may bid for admission by writing tests of academic readiness or by completing a portfolio development course. Enquiries [email protected] ​​

 

UWC Points System

UWC uses a weighted system for calculating points. See pdf copy of Brochure (below) with table that indicates how points are calculated.

MSA Admission Requirements for Bachelor of Law

Minimum Admission Requirements

An appropriate HEQSF Level 7 Bachelor’s degree and completed all 7 relevant prerequisite Law subjects. Introduction to law, Constitutional law, Contract law, Criminal law, Bill of rights, Law of persons and Law of family

Please note, requirements for entry to this qualification are correct at the time of publication, however, these may change.

University of Fort Hare Bachelor of Law Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

The LLB is now the only qualification acceptable for admission into the legal profession either as an attorney or advocate. The requirements that a person seeking admission to study for the degree must meet depends on the qualification that the person currently holds and the LLB degree option that the person wishes to pursue.

There are presently five LLB degree options available at Fort Hare and they are as follows:

4 year LLB programme (Undergraduate Options)

This requires an applicant to be in possession of a school leaving qualification that meets the legal minimum requirement for admission to degree study in South Africa – in the form of either the new National Senior Certificate (NSC) or a matriculation exemption/endorsement. However, applicants who do not satisfy the said legal minimum requirement may be admitted under the University’s Senate Discretionary Exemption (SDE) dispensation in which event they will have to satisfy additional curriculum requirements.

Course Code

 21502 / 21521

Duration

4 Years

5-year extended LLB programme (Undergraduate Option)

This requires an applicant to be in possession of a school leaving qualification that meets the legal minimum requirement for admission to degree study in South Africa ; in the form of either the new National Senior Certificate (NSC) or a matriculation exemption/endorsement. However, applicants who do not satisfy the said legal minimum requirement may be admitted under the University’s Senate Discretionary Exemption (SDE) dispensation in which event they will have to satisfy additional curriculum requirements.

Course Code

21520

Duration

5 Years

LLB Stream for B Juris Holders

This is available to persons who are in possession of the B Juris or BA (Law) degree from any South African university. Persons who have completed any undergraduate degree with a substantial number of law subjects (such as Rhodes University graduates with a major in Legal Theory) may also be admitted to pursue the LLB degree under this option.

Course Code

21505/21524

Duration

2 Years

LLB stream for B Proc Holders

This special fast-track option is available only to persons in possession of the B Proc degree.

NB: The curriculum is under review.

Course Code

21504/21523

Duration

1 Year

LLB Stream for Non-Law Degree Holders

This requires the applicant to be in possession of an undergraduate degree in any discipline (without law subjects or with insufficient law subjects to qualify for the two or one year options).

Course Code

21506/21509

Duration

3 Years

University of Kwazulu –Natal Bachelor of Law Requirements

Entrance Requirements for the LLB degree are:

  • A National Senior Certificate with degree admission.
  • English Home Language level 5 or English First Additional Language level 6.
  • Mathematical Literacy level 5 or Mathematics level 3.
  • Life Orientation level 4.
  • Minimum composite Academic Point Score (APS) 32 not including Life Orientation.

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