Programmes @ the Faculty of Law
|The Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria offers advanced legal training on undergraduate and postgraduate levels and engages in cutting-edge legal research. Its staff participated in drafting the South African Constitution and other legislation and former students and staff serve as judges on the Constitutional Court and other national courts. Alumni are judges and leaders in the organised legal profession.|
The Faculty offers one undergraduate programme, the LLB. The programme equips students for the legal profession and various other fields. The LLB is the basic requirement for entrance into the legal profession. After secondary schooling, students who qualify may immediately enrol for an LLB, or may register for the LLB after completing a B Com (Law) or BA (Law).
In the first year, students are given a basic introduction to the South African legal system. Emphasis is placed on the development of skills, especially language skills and computer literacy. Students also enrol for/take an additional non-law subject to ensure their exposure to a wide range of subjects.
During the next three years all the core aspects of the law are covered. The Faculty prides itself on its thorough foundation in commercial law, which is of obvious importance to those who will work in the corporate world.
Two features distinguish the fourth year from other LLB programmes in the country. Apart from doing some compulsory courses, students are allowed to select courses in their final year to cultivate their interests and to explore new subject fields. There are 33 electives, covering areas as diverse as Street Law, Law and Literature, Critical Race and Gender Theory, Transnational Business Law and Cyber Law. Students are also required to complete an independent research project (dissertation), which has to be presented as part of a seminar.
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Undergraduate programmes Download the yearbook for 2010
Postgraduate programmes Download the yearbook for 2010
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