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Tuition Fees:$2,493 /year
Applications Begin:1 April 2021
Final Award:Masters in International Law
Start Date:January 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Law
Campus:Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
Application Deadline: 30 September 2021
Programme Overview

In an increasingly globalised world, it is no longer sufficient to be familiar with domestic law. Whether you are interested in armed conflict, the prosecution of war crimes, the protection of human rights or in global warming, the LLM in International Law offered by the Faculty of Law of the University of Johannesburg offers you a chance to specialise in fields of the law which are not only interesting but also increasingly useful and relevant.

This LLM takes an interdisciplinary approach and assesses international legal questions from the perspective of international law as well as from a regional African perspective.
The lecturing style is interactive. Students benefit from close contact with their lecturer and with experts from the relevant legal field.

The diversity of the participants in the LLM program contributes significantly to the educational experience. Further, the Law Faculty has a superb library and electronic resources, contributing to students’ research at a postgraduate level.


The course will consist of the following three main modules:
– International Humanitarian Law/International Criminal Law;
– International Protection of Human Rights; and
– International Environmental Law.Students are expected to complete a minor-dissertation on any topic in International Law.
Students will benefit from research workshops which will be held to guide students in the writing process.
The degree can be undertaken as full time or part time study. Lectures will take place on Saturdays to accommodate students who work during the week. The lectures will take place at the historic Women’s Goal at Constitution Hill, and students are also encouraged to use the excellent recourses at the Constitutional Court Library.

Course Modules

1. International Criminal Law – Coursework – Semester One – 40 credits
2. International Human Rights – Coursework – Semester One – 40 credits
3. International Environmental Law – Coursework – Semester Two – 40 credits

4. International Law Master’s – Minor Dissertation – Minor Dissertation – Semester One/Semester Two – 60 credits
Admission Requirements
In general, as a minimum admission requirement, students must have attained an average of 65% for the law subjects in their LLB degree. Admission is highly competitive and, if you are admitted, you will be amongst a select group of the best students who have applied.
Application Process
Application Fees for South African Students: $13
Application Fees for International Students: $13

Online Application
Please note the following:
– No application fee will be charged for online applications.
– If you have previously applied and have a UJ student number, please call the UJ Call Centre (011 559 4555) to ensure that your cell number and email address are captured on our student database. This will ensure that you receive a PIN number to complete the online application process.
An applicant must go to select ‘Apply’.

Paper Application
Step 1: Select your qualification study choices 1 and 2. (Ensure you meet the admission requirements as set out in this prospectus.)
Step 2: Complete the academic application form with a payment of R200 for a paper application (no payment required for online application).
Step 3: Once you have submitted your application, please allow three weeks before checking on the status of your application. If your application meets the necessary requirements and there is space in your selected programme, you will be informed on whether your application has been successful or not. Please note that all official communication will be sent via email. You may also go to the UJ website to check your application status using your ID or student number.
It takes approximately 4 -6 weeks for an online application to be processed and 6 -8 weeks for paper based applications to be processed.
After the above mentioned time-frame you may check your application status using the following link:

International Students
International applicants follow the same application process as national applicants

Career Opportunities

An LLM in International Law will equip and prepare you for;
– A career at an international or regional organisation;
– A job in an activist NGO;
– An academic career in research in international law; and
– Work in the judiciary or to develop your skills as a judge.

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Tuition Fees for South African Students: $2,493
Tuition Fees for International Students: $2,692

*The normal Tuition Fees for South African Students in the Faculty of Law ranges from R38,176 to R43,836

35% of the tuition fees need to be paid by April, and 100% by July.

All students must pay at least R3,870 before they begin their studies. Students residing on campus will need to pay at least R6,470.

*In addition to normal tuition fees, students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries and other African Countries pay a non-refundable ICT levy, registration fee plus non-refundable international levy of R2000.

*In addition to normal tuition fees, students from the rest of the world pay a non-refundable ICT levy, registration fee plus non-refundable international levy of R17000

International Levy Amount:
SADC & Africa – R2,000
Rest of the World – R17,000

ICT Levy – R430
Registration Fee – R610

The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

For International Students:
***International Student Tuition Fees = Normal Tuition Fee (R38,176) + International Levy (R2,000) + ICT Levy (R430) +Registration Fee (R610) = R41,216
-An upfront payment of 30% of tuition fees should be paid at registration.
-35% of the tuition fees to be paid by 30 April.
-35% of the tuition fees to be paid by 31 July.
The University will offer a 5% discount should all fees be paid at registration.
Fees generally increase between 10 and 15 percent per year. Please contact the University in December to obtain the approved fees for the 2021 academic year.

Relevant Contact

Prof. Letlhokwa George Mpedi
Executive Dean Faculty of Law
Admissions Office
Responsible for Admission Enquiries