WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$2,770 /year
Applications Begin:April 2020
Final Award:Bachelor of Laws
Start Date:February 2021
Academic Unit:Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management
Campus:West Campus
Application Deadline: September 2020
Programme Overview

If you want to practise law, you need at least an LLB degree. You have several options if you want to study law at Wits.

– The four-year stream
Students enter this stream directly from matric.
The four-year programme comprises mostly law subjects with several Humanity or Commerce subjects at first year level. You must take certain core law subjects if you wish to graduate with an LLB. Other subjects form a set of electives you can choose from.

– The three-year stream
Students enter this stream after having completed a bachelor’s degree without doing any law courses. Since they have had an opportunity to develop their critical and analytical skills in a first degree, they are equipped to deal with legal studies in an effective manner and may finish the LLB in three years.

– The two-year stream
Students enter this stream when they decide to complete a Wits BA(Law) or a BCom(Law) before entering the LLB. Since students are given credit for the law courses completed in the BA or BCom degrees towards the LLB, they can complete the LLB in two years.


First year
– Law of Persons
– Family Law
– Introduction to Law for LLB students
– (Certificate of Competence in Computer Literacy)
You must complete one or more courses from any other Faculty in the University, to the value of 36 LLB credits.

Second year
– Constitutional Law
– Constitutional Law: Bill of Rights
– Law of Succession
– Criminal Law
– Delict
– Jurisprudence

Third year
– Business Entities
– Contract
– Civil Procedure
– Criminal Procedure
– Ethics and Law: Theory and Practice
– Evidence
– Property
– Public International Law

Fourth year
– Practical Legal Studies
– Administrative Law
– Customary Law
– Insolvency
– Labour Law
– Four electives

Admission Requirements

Four-year stream

APS 46+

English Home Language OR Additional First Language
Level 6

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 40-45, as well as English Level 6 AND Mathematics Level 5 OR Maths Literacy Level 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 threeyear 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 65% 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.

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.

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Tuition Fees for South African and SADC Students: $2,770
Tuition Fees for International Students: $3,207

Tuition Fees per year for South African Students = R42,140
Tuition Fees per year for International Students = R48,790
(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