BA in Law

   About the programme

BA (Law) does not by itself qualify you to practise as an attorney or advocate - that requires an LLB degree in addition. The three-year BA (Law) programme provides a twofold benefit, however: It enriches your understanding of human behaviour and social issues, while it lays an excellent foundation for a more advanced study of the law. In fact, students who hold the BA (Law) degree will be exempted from the first two years of the four-year LLB programme. These students may join the LLB programme for its last two years, and can obtain the LLB degree after two years.

   Programme content

The BA (Law) programme is compiled in such a way that you take law modules in each year of study and a number of non-law modules.

First year: Indigenous Law, Introduction to Law, Private Law and Writing Skills. In addition you take at least one language and two modules from Economics, Classical Legal Culture, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology or another language (to name only a few) and a compulsory basic module in Information Skills.

Second year: Private Law, Criminal Law and Roman Law. You also carry on with two of the non-law modules of your choice.

Third year: Constitutional Law, Interpretation of Enacted Law, Law of Civil Procedure and Law of Criminal Procedure, and one and a half non-law modules.

See our Calendar entry for further information.

   Admission requirements

  • Write the National Benchmark Tests AQL before 30 June
  • For the NSC or IEB school-leaving certificate an aggregate of at least 70% (excluding Life Orientation)
  • English or Afrikaans Home Language 60%
  • First Additional Language 40%

If you take Economics as a university subject, then also:

  • Mathematics 60%

Should you wish to take a subject from another faculty, please make sure that you meet its requirements.