|Tuition Fees:||$2,593 /year|
|Applications Begin:||March 2021|
|Final Award:||Bachelor of Laws (LLB)|
|Start Date:||February 2022|
|Academic Unit:||Faculty of Law|
|Application Deadline:||30 September 2021|
The LLB is the first professional qualification for legal practitioners and provides qualifiers with the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills to gain entry into the formal legal profession (eg attorneys/advocates), or to follow other careers in law.
In 1998, the five-year LLB degree was shortened to a four-year degree. However, it is evident that not all students are able to cope with the demands of the legal profession after four years of study. Therefore it is generally recommended that students first complete either the three-year BA (Law) or the three-year BCom (Law) degree and then convert to the LLB degree, which will take another two years to complete. These students obtain two degrees in two different fields of study.
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NSC/IEB – 5
AS/A Level – C
Cambridge A-Level candidates who obtained at least a D in the required subjects will be considered for admission.
International Baccalaureate (IB) HL candidates who achieved at least a 4 in the required subjects will be considered for admission.
In order to register for a first bachelor’s degree at the University a candidate should have completed the National Senior Certificate (NSC), and meet the minimum requirements for admission to bachelor’s degree study.
Candidates must also comply with the particular subject and level requirement as well as with the minimum Admission Point Score (APS) for the programme.
Please note that Life Orientation is a 10-credit subject and is excluded from the calculation when determining the APS.
The following persons may also be considered for admission: a candidate who is in possession of a certificate that is deemed by the University to be equivalent to the required National Senior Certificate with university endorsement; a candidate who is a graduate from another tertiary institution or has been granted the status of a graduate of such an institution; and a candidate who is a graduate of another faculty at the University of Pretoria.
Only applicants who comply with all the admission requirements will be considered for admission.
All transferring students, whether they have graduated or not, are admitted on academic merit and availability of space. Application for admission must be made by 30 September and to be considered for final admission all results and the certificate of conduct must be submitted by 31 December.
Transferring applicants: Candidates (with South African or foreign school qualifications) who were previously registered at UP or at another university and did not graduate (Closing date: 30 September)
Candidates who have already completed the final Grade 12 examination and were previously registered at UP or another university, but did not graduate, may be admitted at the discretion of the Faculty’s Admissions Committee, based on the candidate’s Grade 12 results and complete university academic record and final certificate of conduct. Candidates transferring from other universities must obtain at least 50% of the credits required for the LLB degree at the University of Pretoria and must be registered at the University of Pretoria for at least two years before an LLB degree may be awarded by the University of Pretoria.
Candidates who have registered for the BA (Law) or BCom (Law) programme at UP, have not graduated, and wish to transfer to the LLB programme may be considered by the faculty’s Admissions Committee based on the candidates’ academic merit, including factors such as the candidate’s final Grade 12 results, the candidate’s grade point average, and the reasons provided by the candidate for applying to transfer to the LLB before first completing the BA (Law) or BCom (Law) degree.
Candidates who have previously been registered at another South African university for the LLB, BA (Law) or BCom (Law), with South African school qualifications or Cambridge school qualifications (South African candidates), who have not graduated, who wish to transfer to the LLB degree at UP may be admitted on application at year level 1, 2 or 3 of the LLB, depending on the law modules passed, at the discretion of the faculty’s Admissions Committee, based on the candidate’s Grade 12 results and complete university academic record and certificate of conduct. Candidates who have studied at UP, discontinued their studies, and want to be readmitted to the LLB may be admitted subject to conditions set by the Faculty’s Admissions Committee.
Transferring students who graduated (Closing date: 30 September)
Candidates who have previously been registered at UP or another university and who have graduated (excluding BA (Law) and BCom (Law) graduates) may be admitted at year level 1 of the LLB, if there are places available, at the discretion of the faculty’s Admissions Committee, based on the candidate’s Grade 12 results and complete university academic record and final Certificate of Conduct.
Candidates who have been awarded a BA (Law) or BCom (Law) degree by any South African university, including UP, may be admitted on application, at the discretion of the faculty’s Admissions Committee, based on the candidate’s Grade 12 results and complete university academic record and certificate of conduct. Students transferring from other universities may be admitted at year level 3 of the LLB.
UP students may be admitted at year level 1 of the 04130010 – LLB after BCom (Law) and 04130011 – LLB after BA (Law) programmes. UP BA (Law) and BCom (Law) graduates are guaranteed placement in the LLB programme if they completed the BA (Law) or BCom (Law) programme in 3 or 4 years.
Non-South African qualifications (The closing date for applications for admission is 31 August)
Non-South African citizens and South African citizens with foreign qualifications must comply with all the admission requirements and the prerequisites for subjects/modules.*
(*All such applications are submitted to the Admissions Committee of the Faculty for consideration.)
Only a limited number of non-South African candidates are admitted to undergraduate studies in the faculty. In addition to meeting the admission requirements, admission is based on the performance in the TOEFL, IELTS, SAT or Institutional Proficiency Test (currently the NBT), if required, in competition with other candidates who also comply with the admission requirements.
Non-South African citizens (even if they or their parents have permanent residence or valid work permits in South Africa)
Citizens of SADC-countries with non-South African qualifications
Citizens of other countries with non-South African qualifications
South African citizens and diplomats
It may be expected of South African citizens as well as diplomats and the children of diplomats with non-South African qualifications to write the Institutional Proficiency Test (currently the NBT is not applicable to LLB applicants) and either of the IELTS, TOEFL or the SAT so that their suitability for admission to the Faculty can be determined
Candidates must have completed the National Senior Certificate with admission to degree studies or a certificate of conditional exemption on the basis of a candidate’s non-South African (“foreign”) qualifications, the so-called “Immigrant” or “Foreign Conditional Exemption”. The only condition for the “Foreign Conditional Exemption” that is accepted is: ‘completion of the degree course’. The exemption certificate is obtainable from Universities South Africa (USAf). Detailed information is available on the website at mb.usaf.ac.za.
UP applications open on 1 March of the year preceding the year of study.
Each prospective student must complete only one online application. On the online application, the University of Pretoria offers a first and second choice in terms of what you wish to study. All applicants should fill in both a first and second choice on the online application.
Once your online application has been processed, you will receive a student number(EMPLID).
Receiving a student number (EMPLID) does NOT imply that you have been accepted by the University of Pretoria yet. Admission is a separate process that your application undergoes after being evaluated by the relevant faculty.
It is in your best interest to complete your own online application. The University of Pretoria does not make use of representatives, agents or agencies during the application process. If you choose to make use of representatives, agents or agencies, you do so at your own risk. It is of utmost importance that you provide your personal email and postal addresses to enable the University of Pretoria to communicate with you directly.
International students need to comply with immigration requirements. For assistance and enquiries, email email@example.com.
The registration guidelines show you step by step on how to register successfully. In case of difficulties, contact the online registration help desk on telephone +27 (0) 12 420 5347 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Various holds may prevent you from registering successfully. Please check for holds on the UP Student Centre.
**Application Deadline for South Africans – 30th September
**Application Deadline for non-South Africans – 31st August
Career opportunities for this programme include:
– Public Prosecutors
– Legal Advisors
– Judicial Officers
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An international levy (R3295) is payable annually by all non-South African citizens as well as students who are citizens of SADC countries on these visas. This amount is payable in addition to the initial fee payable at registration.
Asylum seekers, refugees, diplomats and their dependents stationed in South Africa are exempted from paying the international levy.
International registration and tuition fees:
Non-South African citizens (excluding students who are citizens of SADC countries) will be charged double the tuition fee of South African students, AND the International levy will be charged. (Except for research master’s or doctoral degrees, where only the local tuition fee will be required.)
Students who are citizens of SADC countries will pay the same tuition fee as charged for South African citizens BUT also have to pay the international levy.
Asylum seekers, refugees and diplomats stationed in South Africa, as well as permanent residents of South Africa only, are exempted from paying double tuition fees and are exempted from the international levy.
International students will be required:
– to pay an initial fee before registration (R5000)
– to pay 50% of their full student account by 30 April, and the remainder by 31 July