WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$3,545 /year
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Commerce in Law
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management
Campus:West Campus
Application Deadline: September 2021
Programme Overview

The Bachelor of Commerce with Law (BCom) is a full-time 3 year degree.

If you want to practise law, you need at least an LLB degree. While it is possible to enter an LLB at first-year undergraduate level, you are encouraged to complete a BCom or BA degree first, preferably with law as one of your majors. This gives you a feeling for general law subjects before you commit to studying law. It also develops your knowledge and skills in other disciplines, which will be useful when you practise law.

If you want to work in corporate law, either for a law firm or in the legal department of large organisations, you should do a BCom(Law) with a second major in Finance, Management, Accounting, Taxation, or any other BCom major.

However, if you want to work in human rights law, family law, constitutional law, or international law, you should begin your legal studies with a BA(Law) and pair this with courses like politics, sociology, economics, or languages.

Both the BCom(Law) and BA(Law) routes into the LLB include introductory and core LLB courses, taken over three years, which will be your majors.

You can then complete your LLB degree over two years, with credits accrued during the undergraduate degree awarded towards your LLB.


First year
– Introduction to Law
– Law of Persons
– Economics IA (Microeconomics)
– Economics IB (Macroeconomics)
– Economic Theory IA (Microeconomics for Economists)
– Economic Theory IB (Macroeconomics for Economists)
– Computational Mathematics I
– Business Statistics I
– Fundamentals of Information Systems
– Information Systems IA

Second year
– Family Law
– Constitutional Law
– Constitutional Law: Bill of Rights

A total of 72 credits must be taken from the following courses:
At least 48 credits must make up the second year level of your second major.
– Corporate Finance II
– Investment II
– Principles of Management IIA
– Principles of Management IIB (Entrepreneurship)
– Economics IIA
– Economics IIB
– Consumer Behaviour
– Principles of Marketing
– Integrated Marketing Communications
– Retail Management
– Human Resources IIA
– Human Resources IIB (Labour relations)
– Insurance and Risk Management IIA
– Insurance and Risk Management IIB
– Information Systems IIA
– Information Systems IIB

Third year
– Criminal Law
– Delict
– Jurisprudence

A total of 72 credits must be taken from the following courses provided you have done the equivalent in the second year of study:
– Investment and Corporate Finance III
– Operations Management
– Project Management
– Innovation and Intrapreneurship Management
– Strategic Management
– Economic Science III
– Economic Theory III
– Applied Development Economics III
– Insurance and Risk Management III
– Marketing IIIA
– Marketing IIIB
– Compensation and Benefits
– Human Resources and Individual Performance
– Human Resources and Organisational Performance
– Organisational Theory
– Management and Application of Information Systems
– Information Systems Development Project

Admission Requirements

English Home Language OR First Additional Language
Level 5
Level 5

Wait listing

Applicants with an APS of 35-42, as well as English 6 and Mathematics 6, will be wait-listed subject to place availability.

International Students
Once you have been accepted to study at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg you need to meet some requirements:
– Letter of Acceptance from the University, accept the offer on the Student Self Service Portal.
– Valid Passport
– Apply for the Study Visa.  When collecting your Study Visa, check the date of issue and expiry. Ensure that the visa is issued for the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg or any of its variations
– Apply for South African Medical Aid Cover with a registered South African Medical Aid Provider until 31 December (Refer to Medical Aid section under “Immigration Information“)
– Make travel arrangements to come to travel to South Africa
– Arrange for funds for fees and living expenses.  The payment for the tuition fees, related costs and on-campus accommodation (if applicable) must be done in advance
– Arrange for a shuttle transfer to Wits University or place of residence.
– Students should bring their Original School Leaving Certificates and /or Tertiary Qualifications for Matriculation Exemption

Application Process
Application Fees for South African and SADC Students: $7
Application Fees for International Students: $46

The Student Enrolment Centre at Wits handles all student applications.
– Check the admission requirements for your degree. Check if any additional selection requirements apply.
– Submit your application, required documentation and application fee before the closing date.
– Local Students pay an application fee of R100 while International Students pay R700
– Once you have applied, an admissions consultant will be assigned to your application.

Career Opportunities

A law degree equips you for many exciting careers in the legal profession, in industry and commerce, or in government and the diplomatic corps. Other areas include:
– Professional counselling
– Negotiation and conflict resolution
– Legal officer
– Legal, risk and compliance consultant
– Compliance officer
– Legal advisor

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Tuition Fees for South African and SADC Students: $3,545
Tuition Fees for International Students: $7,091

Tuition Fees per year for South African Students = R53,940
Tuition Fees per year for International Students = R107880
(The tuition fees for International students includes an additional International Registration fee R6,650 to the normal fees.)

**Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries pay also annual local tuition fees and related costs (The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe)

International Students should take note:
– 75% of the annual tuition fee is payable on or before registration, as well as 75% of the on-campus accommodation fee.
– This payment includes the annual tuition fees and other related costs.
– The balance of the fees is payable by 31 March for undergraduate students, and for postgraduate students 30 days after registration. This excludes students with Refugee status.
– Fees clearance is to be obtained from the Fees Office.
– If you are sponsored, your sponsorship letter has to be vetted by the Financial Aid and Scholarships
Office (FASO).
– All international students (those who are not South African citizens or who do not have permanent residence status in South Africa) are required by the Department of Home Affairs to provide proof of available funds for the tuition fee for the academic year prior to receiving his/her study visa.

Relevant Contact

Miss Lerato Phiri
Undergraduate enquiries
Miss Shobhna Sugam
Administrative Manager