LLM Child Law


  • Master of laws (LL.M.)
  • Starting date: October
  • Tuition Fee: 5,000 - 10,000 USD
  • Language: English
  • Program type: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Specialization:

Admission Requirements

In addition to an LLB, BProc or equivalent qualification from a foreign university that allows the applicant entrance to the formal legal profession, the following requirement is set for admission of a prospective student to the LLM Coursework programme:
  • A minimum average mark of 65% with respect to the prescribed final-year modules of the undergraduate programme.
Where an average of below 65% is achieved, the student may be admitted on recommendation of the relevant head of department after consultation with the programme coordinator and/or the course leader and consideration of other merits and/or an admission examination.
Foreign qualifications are subject to SAQA evaluation. (Some LLM coursework programmes or modules as indicated in the yearbook may only be available to students who hold a relevant South African legal qualification.)

Even though a student may comply with the above requirements, the Dean may, on the recommendation of the head of department presenting a specific degree or module, refuse to accept a prospective student for any LLM programme if such a student's performance in the chosen modules or field of study during under-graduate study was not satisfactory. Alternatively, the Dean could set additional requirements with a view to admission.

An admission examination could also be required in respect of a particular programme or module.

The Dean may on recommendation of the relevant head of a department limit the number of students to be allowed to register for any LLM programme. Where such limitation applies, prospective students must be informed about the limitation when they apply. Where the Dean allows such a limitation, the head of the department will, in consultation with the course leader, select students who otherwise comply with the admission requirements for an LLM coursework degree, according to the following guidelines:
  • Academic performance in the undergraduate degree and relevant undergraduate degree module/s.
  • Any academic qualifications other than the prescribed undergraduate degree.
  • Relevant practical experience and training.
  • Diversity.
  • Whether the relevant LLM is the applicant's first choice.
  • Where an admission examination is prescribed, the results of such examination may be considered in addition to the above criteria.
  • Date on which a complete application was received.*
(Where applicants satisfy the criteria set out above, applicants will in general be accepted on a date-of-receipt order of preference.)

*Only complete applications will be considered. Incomplete applications will be set aside and will not be considered until a complete application is received.

Main curriculum information

  • Three modules counting 30 credits each (at least one of these modules must be completed during the first year of registration).
  • A module in research methodology counting 5 credits (this module must be completed during the first year of registration).
  • A research proposal counting 5 credits. The student must submit the research proposal to the supervisor not later than the end of the first semester of the second year of registration for the LLM degree, prior to commencing with the writing of the mini-dissertation.
  • A mini-dissertation of 13 000 to 15 000 words – including footnotes but excluding the list of contents and the bibliography – is required.