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Course description

Medical law is a popular and growing area of interest for health workers who must navigate and comply with the many laws governing their work. Medical litigation has become an area of concern for the Department of Health, draining the health budget and leading to dramatic increases in insurance premiums for health workers in private practice. The course coordinators, in addition to having legal qualifications, have lectured in law and medical ethics in health sciences faculties at the universities of Stellenbosch and the Witwatersrand. They are also trained in medical law.

This course will raise awareness of the legal issues that may arise in medical practice and will meet the needs of health workers for understanding the underlying principles of medical law and knowledge of key court cases in this subject area.

For more information and to apply, click the button below:

Foundations of Medical Law
 
 

Undergraduate Programmes

A qualification from the Faculty of Law at UWC will equip you for entry into the legal profession – in the private or public sector, as an attorney or an advocate, as a legal adviser or a legal academic, or possibly, in time, as a magistrate or a judge. You will develop a comprehensive knowledge of law and how it is best applied in a South African context and in accordance with the Constitution.

The Faculty houses four departments, namely, Criminal Justice and Procedure, Mercantile and Labour Law, Private Law, and Public Law and Jurisprudence. Together, these departments teach a wide range of modules encompassing both South African and international law.

With its qualified and experienced staff, and its involvement in the international legal community, the Faculty of Law at UWC is the ideal place for you to commence your career as a legal professional.
 
 

Undergraduate

Senate Discretionary Assessment (SDA)

How do I apply for an SDA? 
Students do not apply for an SDA, but rather qualify for the SDA exam. Kindly note the rule below:

A.5.2.8 Senate Discretionary Assessment (SDA)

A Senate Discretionary Assessment may be granted, if the Faculty Board concerned has obtained prior permission from Senate, in cases where:

(a) a student owes no more than one module to promote to the next level of study or complete a programme, provided that the student has written the final examination or second chance examination and have obtained an overall aggregate of at least 40% for the module.

(b) the final mark for the module shall not exceed 50%.

A.5.2.9 A student granted a Senate Discretionary Assessment, will not under any circumstances be granted a further assessment opportunity.

When is the SDA period?

Senate Discretionary Assessments (SDAs) will take place in January 2024. A student must qualify for this as per Rule A.5.2.8 Senate Discretionary Assessment (SDA) in the General Calendar.

publication of results


When does registration take place?
  • Undergraduate (returning), Honours and PG diploma/certificate - 10 January 2024. 
  • PhD and Masters (new and returning) - 10 January 2024. 
  • New and First Time Entry - 22 January 2024 – 02 February 2024.
THE 2024 ACADEMIC YEAR WILL COMMENCE ON MONDAY, 12 FEBRUARY 2024
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE ONLINE REGISTRATION GUIDE
 

How do I book an advisor?
Kindly click on the link below

curriculum advisory


How much is the registration fee? 
Students not in University residences R4290 (to be paid before registration)
Students placed at University residences R4840 (to be paid before registration)

Where do I pay my registration fee?
Bank: ABSA Bank
Account name: UWC Student Deposit
Account Branch: Public Sector Western Cape
Account No: 40 4960 4740
Branch Code: 632005
Swift Code: ABSAZAJJ

I need financial clearance, what do I need to do?
Students who may require financial clearance should make contact with Student Credit Management via the following Hubs:

Student Financial Clearance Portal:
studentdebt.uwc.ac.za/

Call Centre: 021 959 3558
Email a consultant: scm@uwc.ac.za

How do I obtain a letter regarding code of good conduct?
Kindly email helpdesk@uwc.ac.za to furnish you with the necessary documentation.

I’ve officially completed. How do I obtain my letter of completion?
All graduates will receive an official completion letter (electronically) that will be signed and stamped and indicate the:
qualification obtained,
medium of instruction, 
conduct of the graduate, and 
date degree conferred
Contact graduation@uwc.ac.za for queries.

graduation information


How can I obtain my academic transcripts?
Please email helpdesk@uwc.ac.za or visit the link below:

administration helpdesk

 
 

Four Year LLB

This is the standard LLB stream in the Faculty and can be entered into after completing matric. It is currently the largest stream in terms of student numbers. Students in this stream mostly do law subjects, apart from in the first year when non-legal electives can be chosen from modules hosted by other faculties. The purpose of this programme is to prepare students for a career in law, such as an attorney, an advocate, a prosecutor, a legal advisor, or an academic.

Five Year LLB

This stream can be entered into after completing matric. Students are allocated to this stream on the basis of the Faculty's selection criteria. This programme is known as the Foundation Programme or Extended Curriculum Programme (ECP). The only difference compared to the four year LLB is that the first year of the 4 year LLB programme is completed over two years.

Two Year LLB

This stream can be entered into after having completed a BA (law) or B Com (law) degree, and having obtained sufficient credits that can count towards the LLB degree. Students can be given credit (totalling not more than 50% of the credits for the LLB) for modules completed in the BA (law) or B Com (law) degrees. Students then complete the four year LLB over two years.

Three Year LLB

This stream can be entered into after having completed a Bachelor’s degree without law subjects, and having obtained sufficient credits that can count towards the LLB degree. Students can be given credit (totalling no more than 60 credits for the LLB) for modules completed in the first Bachelor’s degree. Students then complete the four year LLB over three years.

BA (Law)

This is a three-year programme where students complete selected modules from the first three years of the LLB programme alongside subjects from other faculties. Thereafter a student can register for the LLB programme at level three and complete the LLB in two years. The aim is to provide students with a broader academic background for a future career in law, or for a career outside of the legal field where legal knowledge is an essential requirement.

BCom (Law)

This is a three-year programme where students complete selected modules from the first three years of the LLB programme alongside subjects from the EMS Faculty. Thereafter a student can register for the LLB programme at level three and complete the LLB in two years. The purpose of this programme is to provide students with a broad formative education with various career options, specifically in the corporate world.

The requirements listed below are minimum requirements. They qualify you to apply for a place as a student in the Faculty of Law, but they do not guarantee that you will be offered a place.

The Faculty can only accommodate a limited number of students and only the applicants with the best results will therefore be offered a place.

Admission Requirements

Four Year LLB

Minimum requirements for applicants who matriculated from 2008:
(a) The National Senior Certificate for Bachelors Degree study plus a score of no less than 37 points calculated according to the university’s approved points system, as well as the following specific programme requirements:
  • Level 4 (50-59%) in English (Home or First Additional Language)
  • Level 3 (40-49%) in another language (Home or First Additional Language)
  • Level 3 (40-49%) in Mathematics or level 5 (60-69%) in Mathematical Literacy
OR
(b) A qualification or level of competence which the Senate of the University has deemed to be equivalent to the requirements stipulated (a) above.

Five Year LLB

Minimum requirements for applicants who matriculated from 2008:
(a) The National Senior Certificate for Bachelors Degree study plus a score of no less than 37 points calculated according to the university’s approved points system, as well as the following specific programme requirements:
  • Level 4 (50-59%) in English (home or first additional language)
  • Level 3 (40-49%) in another language (Home or First Additional Language)
  • Level 3 (40-49%) in Mathematics or level 5 (60-69%) in Mathematical Literacy
OR
(b) A qualification or level of competence which the Senate of the University has deemed to be equivalent to the requirements stipulated (a) above.

Two Year LLB

A BA (law) or B Com (law) degree

Three Year LLB

A Bachelor's degree without legal subjects

BA (Law)

Minimum requirements for applicants who matriculated from 2008:
(a) The National Senior Certificate for Bachelor’s Degree study plus a score of no less than 37 points calculated according to the University’s approved points system, as well as the following specific subject requirements:
  • Level 4 (50-59%) in English (Home or First Additional Language);
  • Level 3 (40-49%) in Additional Language (Home or First Additional Language); and
  • Level 3 (40- 49%) in Mathematics or level 5 (60-69%) in Mathematical Literacy
OR
(b) A qualification or level of competence which the Senate of the University has deemed to be equivalent to the requirements stipulated in (a) above.

BCom (Law)

Minimum requirements for applicants who matriculated from 2008:
(a) The National Senior Certificate for Bachelor’s Degree study with 4 subjects at a rating of 4, with a score of no fewer than 30 points calculated according to the University’s approved points system, as well as the following specific subject requirements:
  • Level 4 (50-59%) in English (Home or First Additional Language), and
  • Level 3 (40-49%) in Another Language (Home or First Additional Language), and
  • Level 4 (50-59%) in Mathematics
OR
(b) A qualification or level of competence which the Senate of the University has deemed to be equivalent to the requirements stipulated in (a) above.

LLB Four Year stream

  • UWC APS points score,
  • Performance in Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy; and
  • Performance in English

LLB Five Year stream

  • UWC APS points score,
  • Performance in Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy; and
  • Performance in English

LLB Two Year stream

  • Performance in Bachelor's degree

LLB Three Year stream

  • Performance in Bachelor's degree

BA (Law)

  • UWC APS points score,
  • Performance in Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy; and
  • Performance in English

BCom (Law)

  • UWC APS points score,
  • Performance in Mathematics
  • Performance in English

Recognition of Prior Learning is an alternative admissions route into the university.
Applicants who do not have the required formal qualifications may bid for admission by writing tests of academic readiness or by completing a portfolio development course.
Enquiries to: rmcube@uwc.ac.za

The table below indicates how UWC points are calculated:

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Please complete ALL the required fields to ensure that your application is processed.

Contact Faculty Office:

021 959 3291

Enquiries to:
lawundergradenq@uwc.ac.za
 

Certificates

Applications are online only. Please visit www.uwc.ac.za Closing date for applications, 30 September 2023. No late applications will be accepted

You will be notified by mid-October whether your application has been successful.

Please make sure that all the required documentation is uploaded successfully. Failure to adhere to this, will result in unnecessary delays.

Higher Certificate in Forensic Examination is a 1-year part time programme.

Admissions requirements: matric certificate and 3 years working experience.

Kindly be advised that NSFAS does not funds 1-year programmes. Please do not apply for funding via NSFAS.

NB: Note that from January 2023 this programme will revert to in person classes on the UWC campus, one to two evenings per week. In person class attendance will be
compulsory.

Course Outline

Internal Auditing 124 
covers analysis of business processes,  drafting, risk analysis matrix, designing compliance and substantive tests,  understanding and applying a code of ethics, computer assisted auditing techniques for obtaining  evidence.
 
Criminal Law 112  
Emphasises understanding criminal liability, definitions and elements of fraud, theft, corruption and money laundering, case studies.
 
Law of Evidence 122 
Examines the course of criminal trials, the rights of witnesses, the rules of exclusion of evidence.
 
Labour Law 112  
Deals with procedures for a disciplinary enquiry, application of concepts of substantial and procedural fairness to disciplinary procedures.
 
Administrative Law 113  
Includes examining administrative actions and accessing information held by the state.
 
Investigation of Crime 123  
Focuses on the collection and systemizing of evidence, interviewing, interrogation and polygraph analysis.
  • 3 modules in the first semester with your Final Assessment in June.
  • 3 Modules in the second semester with your Final Assessment in November.
  • You need to obtain 40% year mark to be able to qualify for the Final Assessments.
 
  • Graduation takes place with the rest of the University 
Fees:
Fees for 2023 Academic year are currently R15 570.96. Fees will increase for the 2024 academic year.

Contact: 
Farieda Hendricks, Administrator:  Higher  Certificate in Forensic Examination
Room 114, 1st Floor, Faculty of Law
e-mail:  fhhendricks@uwc.ac.za
Telephone:  021 959 3592
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Postgraduate Programmes

The Faculty of Law offers LLM/MPhil and LLD/PhD degrees in several areas of specialisation.

The Faculty is home to four departments: It is also home to the Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights (DOI); the Centre for Legal Integration in Africa (CLIA); the Centre for Transformative Regulation of Work (CENTROW), which includes the Social Law Project (SLP); the African Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice; and the Global Environmental Law Centre (GELC); as well as a Law Clinic.

The Faculty offers doctoral degrees in a number of specialisation areas, including the following:
 
  • Comparative Labour Law;
  • Comparative Constitutional Law;
  • (Transnational) Criminal Justice;
  • Environmental Law;
  • Human Rights Protection;
  • Law, State and Multi-Level Government; and
  • Mercantile Law, including Tax Law, Corporate Law, Competition Law, Trade Law and Investment Law.


Admission requirement

Admission to the doctoral programme depends on an evaluation of performance in earlier degrees, particularly the proven ability to conduct research on an advanced level.


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APPLY FOR POSSIBLE BURSARY HERE
 

The Faculty of Law offers LLM/MPhil degrees in a number of speacialised areas namely:
 
  • Human Rights Protection;
  • Labour Law;
  • Law, State and Multilevel Government;
  • Comparative Constitutional Law;
  • Environmental Law;
  • Mercantile Law, including Corporate Law, Tax Law, Competition Law, Trade Law and Investment Law;
  • (Transnational) Criminal Justice;
  • Legal Pluralism and Family Law;


Admission requirements

Admission to the master’s programme requires a minimum of 60% over the last two years of LLB or equivalent degree.


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Below are details of specialisations for which there may be a limited number of academic bursary opportunities.
 
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Competition Law and Policy
  • Corporate Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Human Rights Protection
  • Legal Pluralism
  • Transnational Criminal Justice
  • Tax Law
 

Comparative Constitutional Law

The programme has a strong comparative focus that transcends South African Constitutional Law and seeks to expose students to the methodology of comparative constitutional law and different options of constitutional design and operation.
 
 
 

Competition Law and Policy

This area of specialisation offers modules that focus on the substantive principles of South African competition law, the enforcement thereof, and its policy underpinnings; the connection between South African competition law and labour law; Mergers and Acquisitions; as well as Intellectual Property.

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Corporate Law

The Faculty is offering an exciting, rich and brand new LLM specialisation in Corporate Law! This LLM/MPhil specialisation will initially consist of three modules which represent our contribution to the knowledge economy and our response to contemporary topical aspects of the law and industry needs. The modules on offer will cover a wide range of issues from corporate governance, corporate financial regulation, corporate insolvency and the regulation of mergers and acquisitions. 

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Environmental Law 

The LLM by coursework, offered by the Global Environmental Law Centre (GELC) equips students with an advanced understanding of the scope and evolution of environmental law, as well as an in-depth knowledge of the major concepts, cases, principles and key debates that shape effective environmental law and governance frameworks and approaches.
   
 

Human Rights Protection

The Faculty of Law offers a high quality Master's programme in Human Rights Protection. The programme includes two new modules, Constitutional Property Law and Land Reform and Housing Law. These new modules reflect on multiple areas of law, including property law, human rights law, constitutional law, and administrative law.

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Legal Pluralism

Are you interested in the future of law in Africa? The Centre for Legal Integration in Africa in the Department of Private Law at UWC is offering an interdisciplinary Master of Laws with a focus on legal pluralism. The programme presents the interaction of legal orders in Africa as a cultural struggle with enormous significance for legal identity in the continent. It is presented by global experts in the field, with the core module of Legal and Cultural Pluralism and a basket of electives in Children’s Rights, International Family Law, International Protection of Human Rights Law, and Islamic Law and Jurisprudence.
   
 

Tax Law

This programme covers domestic and international taxation, as well as tax administration principles. Students will be taught by eminent scholars in the field of taxation, including Judge Dennis Davis.

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Transnational Criminal Justice

The programme examines how the criminal law aspects of international law and the international law aspect of criminal law combine to provide a legal mechanism for national and international response to human rights violations both at the level of the international criminal justice system and in the context of transitional justice in postconflict societies.

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Possible Bursary Opportunity There may be limited academic bursary funding opportunities, and if you believe that you are a deserving candidate (both academically and financially) please clearly motivate this in your letter of motivation, and also indicate which programme you are applying for.

To apply, please email the following documents to Ms L Loubser (lloubser@uwc.ac.za) on or before 30 September 2023:    
       
  • Copy of SA Identity document/Passport         
  • Motivation (max: 2 p.) – Clearly indicating which specific programme [Comparative Constitutional Law, Tax Law, Transnational Criminal Justice, Legal Pluralism, Environmental Law, Human Rights Protection, Corporate Law or Competition Law & Policy]
  • A copy of your CV
  • Academic record
  • Sample of written work

APPLY FOR POSSIBLE BURSARY HERE 



 

LLM in International Trade, Investment and Business Law

The University of the Western Cape's LLM in International Trade, Investment and Business Law equips bright minds to navigate the legal and administrative structures of international markets. The programme develops students' crucial thinking skills and supplies them with practical, transferable capabilities to positively influence global economic development.

UWC's LLM graduates hold their own in the global effort to facilitate transnational business.The course was established in 2003, with the University of Pretoria, to address the skills shortage in managing the legal challenges of international trade and business in Africa.

Admission Requirements

  • Four-year LLB degree (or South African Qualifications Authority equivalent)
  • Admission is based on merit: > 60% average during LLB
  • Relevant work experience will be an advantage.
 

Application close: 31 July 2024

 

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Other postgraduate programmes offered by the Faculty

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Public Law
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Labour Law
  • Advanced Diploma in Labour Law

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN LABOUR LAW (7701)

H.28 ADMISSION
Unless Senate decides otherwise, a student shall be required to meet the following criteria to be enrolled for the Postgraduate Diploma in Labour Law – PGDip (Labour Law):
An applicant must be in possession of a Bachelor of Laws degree obtained from a South African University or have obtained another qualification which in the opinion of the Senate is of an equivalent standard (See also Rule A.2.1.4).

H.29 SELECTION
Final selection shall be based on an applicant meeting the criteria as determined by the Faculty.

H.30 DURATION
Unless Senate decides otherwise the duration of the programme shall be one year full-time or two years part-time.

H.31 CURRICULUM
 
Module Name Alpha Code Cred
Labour Law in Context 711  PGL711 30
The Right to Fair Labour Practices 712   PGL712  30
Labour Dispute Resolution 721  PGL721 30
Advanced Dispute Resolution Procedure 722  PGL722  30
  FINAL TOTAL 120

H.32 ASSESSMENT

H.32.1  Assessment is governed by Rule A.5 as stipulated in the University Calendar: General Information Part 1.
H.32.2 Unless the Faculty Board otherwise decides, a student, in respect of modules enrolled for at this University, must:
H.32.2.1 submit at least one research essay of approximately five thousand words for every module or equivalent form of assessment of the student’s research ability (which shall be submitted for assessment at least two calendar weeks before the dates scheduled for the examination referred to in Rule H.32.2.2), and
H.32.2.2 sit for an examination or final assessment in each module, the format of which shall be determined by the relevant academic department.

H.33 PROGRESSION RULES

H.33.1 Full-time
Unless Senate decides otherwise, a full-time student shall complete the programme in one year. A student who has passed at least 90 credits may be allowed to proceed with his/her studies to complete the programme in the following year.

H.33.2 Part-time
Unless Senate decides otherwise, a part-time student shall complete the programme in two consecutive years and accumulate at least 60 credits in the first year in order to proceed with his/her studies. A student who has accumulated 90 credits within two years may be allowed to proceed with his/her studies to complete the programme in the following year.

H.34 RENEWAL OF REGISTRATION
Renewal of registration shall be governed by Rule A.4.1, as stipulated in the University Calendar: General Information Part 1 or as provided for in the Faculty rules.

 

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN PUBLIC LAW (7711)

H.35 ADMISSION
Unless Senate decides otherwise, a student shall be required to meet the following criteria to be enrolled for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Law – PGDip (Public Law):
An applicant must be in possession of a qualification at NQF Level 7 or have obtained a qualification that in the opinion of the Senate is of an equivalent standard (See also Rule A.2.1.4).
Access to the programme can also be provided in terms of the University’s RPL policy (Rule A.2) in terms of the criteria stipulated by Senate.

H.36 SELECTION
Final selection shall be based on an applicant meeting the criteria as determined by the Faculty.

H.37 DURATION
Unless Senate decides otherwise the duration of the programme shall be one year full-time or two years part-time.

H.38 CURRICULUM
 
Module Name Alpha Code Cred
Administrative Law 711 ADL711 30
Constitutional Law 713 CLL713 30
Local Government 712 LGL712 30
Multi-level Governance 714 MLG714 30
  FINAL TOTAL 120

H.39 ASSESSMENT

H.39.1 Assessment is governed by Rule A.5 as stipulated in the University Calendar: General Information Part 1.
H.39.2 Unless the Faculty Board otherwise decides, a student, in respect of modules enrolled for at this University, must:
H.39.2.1 participate in a variety of formative assessments, including assignments, presentations, and tests, will be used. Feedback will be given to students on their strengths and weaknesses, as well as the progress they are making,
H.39.2.2 sit for an examination or final assessment in each module, the format of which shall be determined by the relevant academic department.
H.39.2.3 An integrated assessment approach is envisaged in terms of which both the theoretical knowledge of students and their acquired skills will be assessed by way of tests, exams, practical assignments, case studies, and portfolios.

H.40 PROGRESSION RULES

H.40.1 Full-time
Unless Senate decides otherwise, a full-time student shall complete the programme in one year. A student who has passed at least 60 credits may be allowed to proceed with his/her studies to complete the programme in the following year.

H.40.2 Part-time
Unless Senate decides otherwise, a part-time student shall complete the programme in two consecutive years and accumulate at least 30 credits in the first year in order to proceed with his/her studies. A student who has accumulated 90 credits within two years may be allowed to proceed with his/her studies to complete the programme in the following year.

H.41 RENEWAL OF REGISTRATION
Renewal of registration shall be governed by Rule A.4.1, as stipulated in the University Calendar: General Information Part 1 or as provided for in the Faculty rules.
 

Postgraduate applicants are reminded to complete the online application form and submit all required documents by no later than 30 September 2024

APPLY HERE FOR GENERAL PG APPLICATIONS

APPLY FOR POSSIBLE BURSARY HERE 


Law Postgraduate Enquiries:
lawpostgradenq@uwc.ac.za  

Ms Yolisa Velebayi:
yvelebayi@uwc.ac.za

Ms Lauren Loubser:
lloubser@uwc.ac.za

Postgraduate Diploma in Labour Law & Advanced Diploma in Labour Law:
The Social Law project - lschuller@uwc.ac.za
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