University of Cape Town

LL.M. On Campus
12 months
3764 USD/year
1608 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The School for Advanced Legal Studies (SALS), created in 1992, is housed in the Faculty of Law. It the administrative home for postgraduate student enrolments in the Law Faculty and the coordination of the postgradute courses and programme. University of Cape Town SALS offer the LLM and MPhil Law degrees by coursework and minor dissertation.


Why to study

The Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town has been offering approved courses for Master of Laws (LLM), Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Postgraduate Diploma(PGDip) purposes since the early 1980s. These courses have been introduced and expanded to meet the particular demands of society and to complement the research work undertaken by the Faculty's specialised research institutes and units.

The Faculty offers postgraduate courses covering distinct aspects of law. These courses are grouped under a series of programmes specialising in the fields of commercial law, company law, conciliation and arbitration, constitutional law, administrative law, criminology, dispute resolution, employment law, environmental law, human rights law, ICT law, intellectual property law, international trade law, labour law, marine law, public law, shipping law and tax law. These internationally recognised programmes are taught by distinguished South African and international academics and practitioners, and attract many local and international students.

Approximately 400 postgraduate students are currently reading in these specialised areas, with about 25 per cent of them coming from other parts of Africa and abroad. The rich diversity prevalent in the student body is in line with the Faculty's broader imperative and is invaluable to our comparative and international approach to the teaching of law.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Students who register for a general LLM are free to choose from the numerous courses on offer. However, students wishing to a take one of the specialist LLM Programmes will need to ensure that they take the courses prescribed by that specialisation.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

LLM Degree is generally limited to persons holding a 4-year law degree. All prospective applicants whose home language is not English must have obtained a certain level of proficiency in English.

English Profiency

All teaching and assessment in the Faculty of Law is conducted in English. Therefore, all prospective applicants must have obtained a certain level of proficiency in English and they may be requested to submit evidence of su ch proficiency as part of their application to study in the Faculty of Law. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    3764 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3764 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    1608 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1608 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National : R 27 000
  • International fee: R 63 200


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Updated over a year ago

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