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A Law degree includes more than one degree depending on how a person wishes to structure their degree. They all lead to the same outcome but find different ways of getting there. This means that depending on which degree one chooses to pursue then the set of skills or exposure will differ. The degrees that are on offer in most South African universities are LLB (Bachelor of Law), BA (Law) and BCOM (Law).

The LLB is the hardest of the three, which is why the other two are sometimes used to enter the LLB programme. It would amount to two degrees in 5 years. The LLB is concentrated on law only while the other two have a mixture of human resources, economics and management. An LLB degree includes but is not limited to the following subjects:

  • Jurisprudence
  • Family Law
  • Law of Persons
  • Roman Law


A BA (Law) and BCOM (Law) include the following modules at first year level:

  • A language module offered by the Humanities Department
  • Philosophy
  • Financial Accounting
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • History
  • Criminology


Criminal law
Criminal law focuses on various  aspects of  law relating to crime. Students are exposed to the  theory of criminal law, and examine issues such as crime and gender, restorative justice, criminal justice, global crime problems, human rights, and socio-legal methods and theory. Other focus areas include criminal law such as homicide, mentally disordered offenders, South African criminal law, legal responses to terrorism, sentencing, victimization and victim policy.

Property law
Property law focuses on  real property (land, distinct from personal or moveable possessions) and personal property (movable property). l also learn about issues such as mortgages, tenancy rights and obligations, commercial property law, ownership, stocks, site acquisition, property management and construction law.

Intellectual property law
Intellectual property law focuses on intangible assets such as creations of the mind (musical, literary and artistic works), discoveries and inventions, words and phrases, and symbols and designs. Students are exposed to the  economic, social and theoretical issues surrounding intellectual property (IP) and technology law. Other areas of focus include policies affecting IP laws, trademark protection, patents and patent law and copyright.

Commercial law
Commercial law focuses on  the rights, contracts and conduct of people and businesses engaged in commerce and industry. Commercial Law also considers elements of economics, business, management and finance

Environmental law
Environmental Law focuses on the protection, maintenance, regulation and enhancement of the environmental law regulates the interaction of humanity and the natural environment.

Family law
Family law is an area of law pertaining to family-related matters such as You’ll learn about a range of family law issues regarding parents, children and child protection, marriage, civil partnership, cohabitation, divorce, human rights, adoption and surrogacy to mention a few.

Fluid dynamics
Fluid dynamics focuses on the application of mathematics topics such as ordinary and partial differential equations, basic mechanics and multivariable calculus to mention a few.