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Faculty of 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.
 

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. It caters specifically for students who do not meet the minimum requirements for the four year programme, or if it is for other reasons not possible to accommodate them in the five-year programme. 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 not more than 50% of the 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)  [Not yet offered]

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 32 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:

Apply Online
www.uwc.ac.za

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

Rampant corruption in both the public and the private spheres appears to be the defining characteristic of our society despite global efforts to reduce this scourge. Action to eliminate the effect of corruption would safeguard public money, strengthen the economy, ensure sustainable enterprises and thereby improve the quality of life of our citizens.

The Higher Certificate in Forensic Examination endeavours to assist in achieving these objectives by presenting a one-year programme in the fundamentals of investigation and execution of the appropriate law. The carefully compiled modules are couched at an accessible level for students who have had little formal training on the subject matter and are presented by lecturers who are experienced in the specific field.

The programme is aimed at those planning a career in forensic examination and also to those aiming at furthering their careers in the public service; in particular prosecution and the police service, as well as in the commercial sector in particular banking and other officials with financial responsibility.

Selection criteria:

Matric certificate plus three years relevant working experience; in addition a motivation for admission by the applicant is required.

Duration: 
One year (approximately thirty-four weeks).

Classes: 
Lectures will be presented on Mondays and another day of the week, commencing at 18:00.​

Fees: 
The current fees are R12 970. The new tuition and registration fees will be announced in due course.​

Evaluation: 
Written assignments, tests and exams at the end of each semester in three modules. 

Applications: 
Applications can be made online Click Here
 
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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