The LLB degree is the minimum academic qualification for practising law in South Africa. To become an attorney or advocate you need an LLB degree.
The LLB degree will equip students with both practical and theoretical skills to enter the legal profession. This is a focused degree, with emphasis on legal subjects and lays a solid foundation for a career and future in law.
The purposes of the LLB degree are to equip the student with a reflective understanding of the law so as to enable the student to apply the law in the competent and effective provision of legal services to the community.
The minimum period of study for the degree is four (4) years (although it may be reduced to two (2) years if a BCom (Law) or BA (Law) degree has already been completed).
The successful completion of the LLB degree may grant access to LLM studies.
- Attorney in the private sector
- Advocate in private sector
- Prosecutor (Magistrates’ Courts), State Advocate (High Courts)
- State Attorney
- Corporate legal advisor
- State legal advisor
- Court personnel
- Master of the High Court
- Registrar of various institutions (Companies and Intellectual Property Commission, Deeds Office, Patents and Trademarks office)
- Office of the Family Advocate
- Positions at the South African Law Commission
- Public Defender/Protector
- Positions at the Human Rights Commission
- Legal academic
- Positions at international organisations eg. the UN/ILO etc
- Notary Public
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Last updated January 2, 2017