WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$4,374 for the full programme
Applications Begin:January 2020
Final Award:Master of Law (LLM)
Start Date:April 2021
Academic Unit:Faculty of Commerce, Law & Management
Campus:West Campus
Application Deadline: April 2021
Programme Overview

The LLM by coursework and Research Report mirrors the content and fields of the Postgraduate Diploma in Law but requires far more extensive scholarly research. This route is suited to candidates who are interested in deeply interrogating an aspect of law with the time and capacity to undertake significant independent research.

Candidates should be able to commit up to 20 hours a week to conduct independent research at an advanced academic level.


The following compulsory course:

  • International Trade Law

Three of the following elective courses:

  • The Economics of International Trade and Investment
  • Advanced Administrative Law
  • Advanced International Law
  • Competition Law
  • Human Rights and the Marketplace
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Business Transactions Law
  • International Dispute Resolution
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Law on Foreign Investment
  • International Tax Law

LLM students in this field must pass the compulsory course and one of the elective courses at the core level. The course The Economics of International Trade and Investment may be taken at a non-core level only.

In addition, LLM students must complete the course Research Methodology and a 10,000-word Research Report in the field of International Economic Law.

Admission Requirements
  • Bachelor of Laws with an average mark of 70 percent

Additional Entry Requirements

  • All degree certificates
  • FULL academic transcript(s) for all post-matric studies (including marking key if marks are not expressed as percentages)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of motivation, this letter should address:
    Briefly why you want to do the programme • Whether you have any relevant other qualifications or work experience, especially legal research experience, and if so, the nature thereof • If you have not attained the minimum average for admission (70% for the LLM by Coursework and Research Report) you should explain why not. If you are applying for the LLM by Coursework and Research Report and have an average mark of between 65% and 70%, you are strongly advised to provide evidence of your ability to perform legal research and produce writing of a high standard. Such evidence could, for instance, consist of a legal publication or a law essay written by you that received a high mark.
Application Process
Application Fees for South African & SADC Students: $7
Application Fees for International Students: $48

  • Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment. Click here to see an overview of the Wits applications process.
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Relevant Contact

Anzolette Savile
LLM Coordinator