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Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at Wits

Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at Wits: The LLB degree provides students with a sound knowledge of the general principles of the South African legal system, and an ability to use legal materials effectively.

Qualification: LLB

FacultyCommerce, Law and Management

Duration: 2-4 years

SchoolLaw

Study mode: Full-time

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 – please see below or click here for detailed information.

  • The four-year stream (Programme Code: LFA14)
    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 (Programme Code: LFA13)
    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 (Programme Code: LFA12)
    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.

Entry Requirements



Four-year stream (LFA14)

APS 43+

English Home Language OR Additional First Language Level 6

Mathematics 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 40-42, as well as English 6 AND Mathematics 5 OR Maths Literacy 6, will be wait-listed, subject to place availability.

Three-year stream (LFA13)

No matric APS calculation.

Subject to assessment criteria as determined by the School of Law and place availability. Applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree at an institution other than Wits are required to apply for the three-year LLB programme (select year of study 2).

Wits applicants who have completed an undergraduate degree without Law modules are also required to apply for the three-year LLB. Applicants must have obtained an average of at least 60% in an undergraduate degree (slelect year of study 2).

Two-year stream (LFA12)

No matric APS calculation.

Subject to assessment criteria as determined by the School of Law and place availability. Wits students who have completed a BA Law or a BCom Law are eligible to apply for the two-year LLB (select year of study 3).

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