Short Courses in Law Career Enhancement


Program Description

“Outstanding lawyers and a sound legal system are prerequisites of any civilized society. The legal system provides the rules within which the state’s administration, the business world, individuals, and organizations, indeed the whole community operate. In any country in which the law reigns supreme, lawyers must apply legal rules and act as watchdogs to ensure that everyone adheres to the norms of society. Because the law plays an immense and far-reaching role, legal studies cover a wide and exciting field: the rules of the tough business world and the business entities operating within it, the protection of human rights, intimate family relationships, the prosecution of criminals and the conclusions of contracts, to name but a few.” These are the words of the dean of the Faculty of Law, Prof LG Mpedi.

To enhance the skills of persons who are in a career the Faculty of Law presents a number of diploma and certificate programmes in specialized fields of legal practice. These short study programmes have been specifically developed to address the needs that have been identified in the workplace. Dedicated commitment is required from persons who decide to embark on studies on a part-time basis and the Faculty of Law endeavors to support students where possible to make their studies a pleasurable and successful experience.

There is a variety of offerings available on a part-time basis at the Faculty of Law. Please note that each programme has its own relevant admission requirements.


An application form can be obtained from the Faculty.


Every programme has its own relevant tuition fee and is available in the individual programme brochures.

Other administrative fees (compulsory):

In addition to the tuition fees, there are certain administrative fees that need to be paid as well, including an application fee, registration fee, and ICT levy.

NB: Please contact the Faculty to obtain the correct admin fees for 2017.

*Official quotations may be obtained on request.

International students

International students pay an additional levy. Please contact Student Finance at +27 (0) 11 559 2981/3776.

Foreign Applicants

Who is regarded as a foreigner in South Africa?

When a foreign person is accepted for studies in South Africa such a person is referred to as an international student. An international student is not a South African resident or does not have permanent residency in South Africa.


As all these programmes are presented on a part-time basis a special permit is therefore not necessary in order to attend lectures.

Foreign qualifications

Applicants interested in applying to study any of our non-formal programmes and who have completed a foreign school leaving certificate or foreign post-school qualification should contact the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) for an evaluation.

Exciting new postgraduate programmes

Programme in Business Rescue: The application of this new procedure has been met with varying and often limited levels of success, caused not least by the uncertainty in interpreting and complying with the regulatory principles contained in the legislation. The programme will provide a systematic and practice-orientated examination of the fundamental Business Rescue principles enabling the business Rescue Practitioner to comply with and give actual effect to the purpose of the regulatory framework.

Programme in Corporate Finance and Securities Law: The programme will equip professionals in the legal, managerial and financial fields with a systematic and practice-orientated body of knowledge on the legal principles of Corporate Finance and Securities law as it pertains to the formation, continued operation and expansion of a company by way of various endeavours such as mergers and acquisitions.

Other career-enhancing programmes

  • Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) Compliance: 2 years
  • Certificate Money Laundering: 6 months
  • Certificate Money Laundering: 6 months
  • Certificate Compliance Management: 6 months
  • Certificate Board Governance: 6 months
  • Certificate Basic Interpretation of Theory Only offered as an exit module (exit module of PGD Compliance): 6 months
  • Certificate in Legislative Drafting: 6 months
  • Higher Certificate in Criminal Justice and Forensic Investigations: 1 year
  • Postgraduate Diploma International Taxation: 1 year
  • Postgraduate Diploma Tax Law: 2 years
  • Postgraduate Diploma Drafting and Interpretation of Contracts: 1 year
  • Advance Certificate in Labour Law: 1 year
  • National Diploma Law (Paralegal studies): 3 years
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Labour Law: 1 year

Registration and Start Dates

Registration starts in January and lectures in February for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work programmes.

All research programmes for Masters and PhD can register throughout the year.

End Date: Academic starts in January and ends in December. Programme deadline is determined by the duration of the programme.

Last updated Aug 2019

About the School

Vibrant, multicultural and dynamic, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) shares the pace and energy of cosmopolitan Johannesburg, the city whose name it carries. Proudly South African, the university i ... Read More

Vibrant, multicultural and dynamic, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) shares the pace and energy of cosmopolitan Johannesburg, the city whose name it carries. Proudly South African, the university is alive down to its African roots, and well-prepared for its role in actualising the potential that higher education holds for the continent’s development. Read less