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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. 

The four-year stream

Students enter this stream directly from matric.

The Laws four-year programme from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg comprises mostly law subjects with several Humanity or Commerce subjects at firrst 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

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

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. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

      2-4 years

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Constitutional Law: Bill of Rights
  • Law of Succession
  • Criminal Law
  • Delict
  • Jurisprudence

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • Four-year stream
  • APS 46+
  • 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 40-45, as well as English Level 6 AND Mathematics Level 5 OR Maths Literacy Level 6, will be wait-listed, subject to place availability.
  • Three-year stream
  • No matric APS calculation.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4470 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4470 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    2235 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2235 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Johannesburg

  • 8434 - 12040 ZAR/month
    Living Costs

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