Posted Nov. 4, 2019
Law schools in South Africa attract a wide range of students from around the world and across Africa.
This is for a combination of reasons including a legal education in English and some excellent educational options for LLM programs.
Here are five of the best LLM programs in South Africa*.
The LLM program offered at the University of Cape Town can be either a taught program with a dissertation or an LLM by dissertation only. The taught program has a large selection of areas of specialisation including Tax Law, International Trade Law, Shipping Law, Marine and Environmental Law, and Constitutional and Administrative Law. The LLM is completed in 1 year with full-time study and in 2 years with part-time study.
LLM students at the University of Witwatersrand can study either a General LLM or an LLM in legal areas including Human Rights Advocacy and Litigation, International Economic Law, Pensions Law, and Tax Law. The LLM program is usually studied full time and takes 1 year to complete or 2 years when studying part time. Wits Law School has a well established Legal Clinic and offers courses for continuing professional development for South African lawyers at the Mandela Institute.
The General LLM course at Stellenbosch University offers students the chance to create a personal program of study across the modules offered by the Law School. There are also specific LLM programs offered in Intellectual Property Law, Labour Law, International Trade Law, and Alternative Dispute Resolution. The Faculty of Law at Stellenbosch University was established in 1921 and has offered LLM study since 1976. Like other law schools, the LLM is a full-time course taken over 1 year or 2 years when studying part time.
At the University of KwaZulu-Natal there is the option of gaining an LLM by Research for those who wish to undertake independent study into a specific area of the law. Alternatively there is a selection of taught LLM programs including areas such as Medical Law, Child Care And Protection Law, Advanced Criminal Justice, Labour Studies, and Maritime Law. This is a 1-year program with full-time study or a 2-year program with part-time study, and students can benefit from research groups like the Health Law and Ethics Research Group based at the university.
The University of Johannesburg offers LLM programs both by coursework and by dissertation. The areas of focus for the LLM programs by coursework include International Commercial Law, Tax Law, Banking Law, and Drafting and Interpretation of Contracts. Both programs are completed in 2 years with part-time study or in 1 year with full-time study. Students at the University of Johannesburg can benefit from the long-running Soweto Law Clinic offering them the opportunity of excellent experience in understanding South African legal issues.
Students and international students in South Africa
This table shows the number of students studying at universities in South Africa and the percentage of these that are international students.
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