Also consult General Regulations as well as the LLM prospective students brochure of the Faculty of Law.
Closing date for application
Subject to the stipulations of General Regulations a candidate for the LLM programme should be in possession of at least an LLB or a BProc degree or an equivalent degree from a foreign university that allows entrance to the formal legal profession.
A candidate for the LLM programme must submit a writing portfolio consisting of recent research-based essays, assignments or the like, as well as a letter of motivation and a preliminary research statement (a 500 word description of the proposed research field indicating a research topic, the broad scope of the proposed study and a tentative research problem).
Where applicable a candidate must apply to SAQA for an evaluation of their foreign qualification.
A candidate will only be admitted to the LLM programme if he/she obtained a minimum average mark of 65% (or the equivalent of this mark) with respect to the prescribed final-year modules of the undergraduate programme (or an equivalent degree). Where an average of below 65% was achieved, the student may be admitted on recommendation of the relevant head of department after consultation with potential supervisor(s) and consideration of other factors, including relevant work experience, other academic qualifications and any relevant professional admission examination.
A candidate will only be admitted to the LLM programme if the Faculty can provide a suitable supervisor in light of the applicant’s preliminary research statement and writing portfolio. If the potential supervisor is not satisfied with the preliminary research statement, the potential supervisor should assist the candidate in developing and formulating a research statement before a final decision on admission to the programme is taken.
Where a potential supervisor declines to accept a candidate for a reason other than the lack of capacity (current supervision load or lack of relevant expertise), the dean on advice of the postgraduate committee may issue appropriate directives to the relevant head of department (such as obtaining the recommendation of an independent expert) before making a final decision.