Bachelor of Laws | UMP

APS Required



4 year(s)


Bachelor's Degree





  • Minimum APS: 33
  • Bachelor Endorsement
  • English Home or First Additional Language Level 4
  • Additional Language Level 4
  • Mathematics Level 3 or Mathematical Literacy: Level 4

Selection will occur monthly. Applicants who exceed, the minimum requirements and complete their NSC or equivalent will be made conditional offers. Those who meet the requirements will be placed on hold. Each month, the new applicants will be considered along with those placed on hold.

At least 50% of places will be reserved for applicants completing the NSC or equivalent.

Career Prospects

Traditional Legal Paths

  • Advocate: Representing clients in court, specializing in areas like criminal law, family law, commercial law, labor law, etc. Requires additional practical training and passing the bar exam.
  • Attorney: Providing legal advice, drafting contracts and legal documents, handling conveyancing, estate planning, etc. Requires additional articles of clerkship and passing the attorney’s admission exam.
  • Legal Advisor (In-house): Working for corporations, government departments, or NGOs providing legal advice and ensuring compliance with regulations.

Other Career Possibilities

  • Academia: Lecturing law at universities or conducting legal research.
  • Judiciary: Becoming a magistrate or a judge (after years of legal practice).
  • Compliance: Ensuring companies and organizations adhere to laws and regulations.
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR): Mediation, arbitration, and negotiation services.
  • Policy Development: Working in government or NGOs to shape laws and policies.
  • Human Rights: Advocating for human rights and social justice.
  • International Law: Focusing on treaties, cross-border disputes, and diplomacy.

South African Specific Considerations

  • Transformation Focus: The legal landscape emphasizes diversity and addressing historical imbalances.
  • Knowledge of South African Law: Expertise in Roman-Dutch Law (the foundation of South African law) and the Constitution is crucial.
  • Language Skills: Fluency in English and proficiency in other South African languages can be an advantage in certain contexts.

Potential Job Titles:

  • Candidate Attorney
  • Legal Advisor
  • Compliance Officer
  • Law Lecturer
  • Researcher (Legal think-tanks or NGOs)
  • Mediator/Arbitrator
  • Human Rights Lawyer
  • Magistrate/Judge (with extensive experience)

Organizations to Target:

  • Law firms (ranging from small to large)
  • Corporate legal departments
  • Government departments and agencies
  • NGOs and advocacy organizations
  • Courts and judicial institutions
  • International organizations with a presence in South Africa

Important Note: The LLB alone does not entitle you to practice law in South Africa. You need to complete further training and pass the relevant examinations to become a practicing attorney or advocate.

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