University Of Pretoria Faculty Of Law

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University Of Pretoria Faculty Of Law

University Of Pretoria Faculty Of Law

The Faculty of Law strives to be an internationally recognized leader in socially relevant legal research and education in South Africa and the world. In pursuing its vision, the Faculty’s mission is the creation and sustenance of a research and education environment that is grounded in the values of social justice and excellence. We have the necessary systems in place to ensure that you have the support to help you graduate on time.
The Faculty currently ranks 90 under the top 100 universities globally, as well as the best in Africa, and delivered a record number of 35 doctoral degrees and 179 master’s degrees in 2017.
University Of Pretoria Faculty Of Law currently employs 70 dedicated full-time academics, of which approximately two-thirds have doctoral degrees in various fields of law, enabling them to prepare our student community for various law-related career opportunities. Seen from one perspective, the Faculty of Law consists of staff, students, and the building. It is, however, also much more than that: It represents an idea, namely the idea of a society governed by the rule of law and not by individuals. Our Faculty pursues this idea by focusing on the law and on excellence in all divisions of jurisprudence. It is also pursued by focusing on jurists and by preparing our students to become leaders of their communities where they can promote the law and its principles effectively. Faculty of law courses
University Of Pretoria Law Faculty Admission Requirements

A transferring student will be considered for admission based on

  • an NSC or equivalent qualification with exemption to bachelor’s or diploma studies (whichever is applicable); and meeting the minimum faculty-specific subject requirements at NSC or tertiary level, or having completed a higher certificate at a tertiary institution with faculty-specific subjects/modules passed (equal to or more than 50%), as well as complying with faculty rules on admission;
  • previous academic performance (must have passed all modules registered for up to the closing date of application ) or as per faculty regulation/promotion requirements;
  • a certificate of good conduct.
Note: Students who have been dismissed from the previous institution due to poor academic performance, will not be considered for admission to UP.
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Returning students

A returning student is a student who, at the time of application for a degree program

  • Is a registered student at UP, and wants to transfer to another degree at UP, or was previously registered at UP and did not complete the program enrolled for, and did not enroll at another tertiary institution in the meantime (including students who applied for leave of absence), or has completed studies at UP, but is not currently enrolled or was not enrolled at another tertiary institution after graduation.
A returning student will be considered for admission based on
  • an NSC or equivalent qualification with exemption to bachelor’s or diploma studies (whichever is applicable); and meeting the minimum faculty-specific subject requirements at NSC or tertiary level; or previous academic performance (should have a cumulative weighted average of at least 50% for the program enrolled for);
  • having applied for and was granted a leave of absence.
Note: Students who have been excluded/dismissed from a faculty due to poor academic performance may be considered for admission to another program at UP.  The Admissions Committee may consider such students if they were not dismissed more than twice. Only ONE transfer between UP faculties will be allowed, and a maximum of two (2) transfers within a faculty.
Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities (with at least an LLB degree and preferably after admission as an attorney or advocate)

  • Officers of the court, such as attorneys, advocates, court orderlies, National Prosecuting Authority, public prosecutors, and state advocates
  • Judiciary and administrative officers
  • Department of Justice and Constitutional Development
  • Legal academics
  • Law Reform Commission
  • NGO’s
  • Legal advisers
  • South African Police Service
  • Correctional Services
  • Legal Aid and Advice
Undergraduate LLB program

Obtain your LLB degree from the highest-ranking Law Faculty in Africa.

LLM/MPhil and LLD/Ph.D. Postgraduate programs

Upgrade and UPdate with a postgraduate law degree from the highest THE ranking Law Faculty in Africa.

Pretoria University Law Press (PULP)

The Pretoria University Law Press (PULP) is an independent, non-profit press based at the Faculty of Law in the Centre for Human Rights (CHR).

READ: University Of Pretoria Yearbook

UP Law Clinic

The University of Pretoria Law Clinic is run as an independent professional Attorneys’ practice.

General inquiries:

Mmopiemang Sesing-Letsike

Head:  Student Administration

Postgraduate: Applicants/students, registration, and graduation

–  Jurisprudence

Tel:  +27 (0)12 420 2290



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