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LLM by Coursework

We admit only law graduates and legal professionals who have the interest, ability and time to conduct research at an advanced academic level. Entry to the program is limited.

Admission requirements

  • An average of 65% in the final year of the LLB plus evidence of ability to conduct scholarly research and writing
  • An average of 70% in the final year of the LLB without evidence of ability to conduct scholarly research and writing

The duration of the full-time LLM is one year, and the part-time LLM is two years.

General Structure

The LLM by coursework and Research Report comprises four courses in the relevant field of study. In addition, all Masters by coursework students must attend a compulsory course in Research Methodology and complete a Research Report of 10 000 words. The Research Report is the final component of the degree, weighted at approximately one-third of the total requirements for the degree. The Research Report is compulsory and counts 60 points towards the degree.  The Research Report should comprise approximately 10 000 words (approximately 30-40 pages of typescript).


Please note that not all courses and specialisations are available every year.



Postgraduate and postdoctoral funding opportunities

NRF SARChI CHAIR IN EQUALITY, LAW AND SOCIAL JUSTICE: Funding opportunities in ‘law, equality and social justice’

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