LLD in Doctors of Law

University of Johannesburg

Program Description

LLD in Doctors of Law

University of Johannesburg


The purpose of this qualification is to let students demonstrate an ability to make an own, distinctive and novel contribution to the corpus of knowledge on a particular subject of legal study.



i. The minimum entry requirement is an LLM degree (or equivalent qualification) at NQF level 8 or 9 and a minimum number of credits of 892. Candidates for admission to doctoral degrees, in general, need to have obtained their previous degree with an average mark of at least 65%.

ii. The Board of the Faculty may require students to submit to an oral examination on set study material to demonstrate their competence for doctoral research before they are admitted to the qualification.

iii. The relevant Head of Department may permit an applicant to register as a student for purposes of receiving guidance with and use the facilities of the University for, the preparation of a research proposal. This does not create an expectation that the student will be admitted to doctoral studies and such registration is provisional pending the approval of the admission of the student by the Board of the Faculty of Law. The Board of the Faculty of Law approves the admission of the student and recommends to the Senate Higher Degrees Committee of the University the title of the thesis and the supervisor(s) on the basis of

  • academic merit of the student;
  • prior qualifications obtained by the student;
  • the merit of the research proposal submitted to the Board; and
  • the availability and competence of a member of the faculty to promote the study.


Through recognition of prior learning, a student may gain access, or advanced placement, or recognition of status, on condition that he/ she continues his/her studies at this University.


To obtain the qualification, the thesis must be accepted.


  • i. The minimum period of study for the LLD degree is two years.
  • ii. The maximum period of study for the LLD degree is four years. Extension of this period will only be entertained in exceptional circumstances and will be dealt with in accordance with the Higher Degrees and Postgraduate Studies Policy.
  • iii. The curriculum comprises a thesis, being an original contribution to the knowledge and insight into the subject.
  • iv. The student must also submit a publishable article based on his/her thesis that may, at the discretion of the promoter, be submitted for publication in a law journal under the authorship of the student or both the student and the promoter.
  • v. The LLD degree is offered in the following specialization fields:
  • an Administrative Law
  • b Civil Procedural Law
  • c Constitutional Law
  • d Criminal Law
  • e Criminal Procedural Law
  • f Human Rights
  • g Indigenous Law
  • h International Law
  • i Interpretation of Statutes
  • j Jurisprudence
  • k Law of Evidence
  • l Mercantile Law
  • m Private International Law
  • n Private Law
  • o Roman Law
  • p Social Security Law
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 21, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Feb. 2019
2 - 4 years
Full time
South Africa - Johannesburg, Gauteng
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Feb. 2019
South Africa - Johannesburg, Gauteng
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