Rhodes University (RU) Faculty of Law Curriculum

Rhodes University (RU) Faculty of Law Curriculum

Rhodes University (RU) Faculty of Law Curriculum

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Law Degree Structure

Rhodes University (RU) UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES: LLB

The LLB degree is the minimum academic qualification for practicing law in South Africa.

Admission to the legal profession is subject to compliance with the requirements set out in section 24 of the Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014. Prospective applicants are referred to the Act and must familiarise itself with all the requirements provided therein.  Specific attention is drawn to section 24(1)(b) of the Act, which provides that the High Court may only admit a person to practice and authorise them to be enrolled as a legal practitioner, conveyancer or notary if the person is either a South African citizen or permanent resident in the Republic.

The LLB degree offered at Rhodes University is fully accredited and meets the National LLB qualification standards.  All students who graduate with an LLB degree from Rhodes University obtain the same qualification.

A unique feature of the LLB degree offered at Rhodes University is the different routes to the degree that we have in place:

  • Admission of candidates straight from school meeting the requirements in L.3.1 (as LLB 1 students)
  • Admission after the first year of study where candidates have been registered for a bachelor‚Äôs degree in Humanities, Science or Commerce with Legal Theory as one of their first year subjects, who meet the requirements in L3.2b (as LLB 2 students)
  • Admission of candidates after the completion of a bachelor‚Äôs degree with sufficient law courses in accordance with the requirements in L3.4 (as LLB penultimate year students)
  • Admission of candidates after the completion of a bachelor‚Äôs degree without any or sufficient law courses in accordance with the requirements in L3.3 (as LLB preliminary/ LLB 2 students).

For ease of reference those requirements are set out below, commencing with the recommended route referred to in (3) above, followed by the other available options:

 

The Faculty’s resources are limited and students’ academic results are determinative when applications for admission into the LLB are considered. Entry into the LLB at any of the points is not guaranteed and is dependent on academic results and resource availability.

 

1          OPTION (3): A five-year combined Law and Humanities OR Law and Commerce OR Law and Science LLB stream (RECOMMENDED)

Students enter this stream with the intention of following a course of study in Law and Humanities OR Law and Commerce OR Law and Science, leading to a BA/BSocSci or BCom or BSc and thereafter a two-year LLB. The objective of the broad-based education is achieved in this stream by including courses which ensure that students have a thorough grasp of at least one discipline outside Law. Students register for a BA, BSocSci, BCom, or BSc in their first year of study and continue with that degree with Legal Theory as a major subject.

Having obtained the first degree, students apply for admission to the LLB degree programme, to be completed over two years. To complete the degree over two years, one must have obtained sufficient law credits in the first degree, which is usually the case if one has majored in Legal Theory.

Rule L3.4 stipulates as follows:  normally, candidates who obtained at least 60% in their Legal Theory major will be admitted to the LLB, depending on resources.  Academically deserving candidates who hold degrees from other universities may apply for admission to this programme by applying to the university for admission and by indicating the LLB as a preference.  The Dean of Law has the discretion to admit internal and external candidates who do not meet the academic requirements, on good cause shown, and subject to the availability of faculty resources.

Preference will be given to those candidates who obtained their first degree at Rhodes University, majoring in Legal Theory.  Admission to the LLB following this route is restricted in terms of numbers, and candidates who meet the admission requirements are not necessarily assured of a place.  Students are encouraged to apply early for admission.

 

2          OPTION 1: The four-year LLB stream after the NSC

Candidates who do not hold a degree may apply for admission to the four-year LLB at two points (1) and (2):

Option (1) is available to candidates who wish to pursue the LLB after their successful completion of the NSC or its equivalent, without holding a degree.  Rule L3.1 provides that that students may be admitted to this stream provided that they obtain a Bachelor’s Pass status or its equivalent in the NSC with, normally an APS of 45 points across six subjects.  For admission to this stream, candidates must obtain at least 60% for English Home Language or 70% for English First Additional Language and 50% for Mathematics or 60% for Mathematics Literacy in the NSC.  Students wishing to pursue Economics as one of their non-law courses must obtain 50% in Mathematics in the NSC.

It is important to bear in mind that the number of places to pursue this route to the LLB is limited.  Motivations accompanying the applications will be used to differentiate between applicants of equal academic standing, and preference will be given to black South African and disabled applicants who meet the admission requirements.  Admission to the LLB following this route is restricted in terms of numbers, and candidates who meet the admission requirements are not necessarily assured of a place.  Students are encouraged to apply early for admission.

 

 

3          OPTION 2:  The four-year LLB stream after the first year of another degree

Candidates who do not hold a degree may apply for admission to the four-year LLB at two points (1) and (2):

Option (2) above is available to students who do not meet the requirements set out for option (1), or who were not admitted under (1) due to resource constraints, and, further to those students who realize after their first year at university that they only wish to pursue the LLB and nothing else.

The admission requirements are set out in L3.2b.  This rule permits admission to the LLB after the first year of study (for either BA, BCom or BSc) in which the student took Legal Theory as one of their courses, provided that they have passed both Foundations of Law and Introduction to Law with an average of 65% and obtained an overall average of 65% for their three non-law courses studied in that year.

As with the other options, admission into this route is restricted and subject to the availability of places.

 

4          OPTION 4:  A three-year LLB for graduate students

Students enter this stream after having completed a Bachelor’s degree without law subjects, or with insufficient law courses passed to complete the degree over two years. They may be admitted to the second year of study for the LLB degree, provided that they obtained 60% for their major subjects, and are subject to the availability of resources. Where a candidate has not met this requirement, the Dean of Law has the discretion to admit that person, on good cause shown and subject to availability of faculty resources.

 

EXAMPLES OF SOME CURRICULA

1          THE FIVE-YEAR STREAM (RECOMMENDED)

(BA, B Com, BSc, etc, with a major in Legal Theory (3 years) to be followed by a 2-year LLB)

This curriculum exempts one from the first two years of the LLB degree. The LLB curriculum following this degree will therefore be the same as that for the Penultimate and Final years of the LLB curriculum.

  1. 1 The curriculum in the first degree (BA, BCom, BSc, etc):
  2. 2 The curriculum in the second degree (LLB):
FIRST YEAR SECOND YEAR THIRD YEAR
Any three non-law courses One non-law course at second-year level;

Two non-law courses at first-year level or second-year level.

One non-law course at third-year level
Legal Theory 1, consisting of:

 

First Semester:

Foundations of Law

 

 

Second Semester:

Introduction to Law

Legal Theory 2, consisting of:

 

First Semester:

Legal Interpretation

Constitutional Law A

 

 

Second Semester:

Constitutional Law B

Law of Persons

Legal Theory 3, consisting of:

 

First Semester:

Law of Contract A

Law of Property A

Law of Life Partnerships

 

Second Semester:

Law of Contract B

Legal Pluralism

Law of Property B

 

 

PENULTIMATE YEAR FINAL YEAR
First Semester:

 

Civil Procedure A

Company Law A

Criminal Law A

Criminal Procedure A

Jurisprudence

Law of Sale and Lease

Legal Skills

Legal Practice (either 1st or 2nd sem.)

First Semester:

 

Administrative Law (first half)

Civil Procedure B

Criminal Procedure B

Labour Law

Law of Delict (first half)

2 Electives from the first semester list

(subject to note 3 below)

Second Semester:

 

Company Law B

Criminal Law B

Law of Agency, Insurance and Credit Agreements

Law of Evidence A

Law of Partnerships and Trusts

Public International Law

Legal Practice (either 1st or 2nd sem.)

1 Elective from the 2nd semester list

(subject to note 2 below)

Second Semester:

 

Administrative Law (second half)

Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Law of Evidence B

Law of Delict (second half)

Law of Succession and Administration of Estates

2 Electives from the second semester list

(subject to note 3 below)

 

3 List of electives that could be taken in the Final Year of Study:

  1. achieved an average of at least 65% in their June examinations; or
  2. passed eight courses in their June examinations

 

 First Semester Second Semester Both Semesters
Alternative Dispute Resolution

Copyright and Trade Marks

International Trade Law

Law of Banking and Payments

Legal Accounting

International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

 

 

 

 

Competition Law

Constitutional Litigation

Introduction to Conveyancing

IsiXhosa for Law

Law of Tax and Estate Planning

Environmental Law

 

Not on offer in 2020:

The Law of Obligations in a Global Context

Law of Patents, Designs and Geographical Indications

 

 

Research Paper

(two semester credits)

 

International Moot Competition

(one semester credit)

 

 

 

Notes:

All electives will not necessarily be offered every year. The availability of options will depend upon teaching arrangements in the Faculty of Law. For the same reason electives may be taught in different semesters.  Some electives have a restricted number of students.

  1. Penultimate LLB students who have either:

may register for an elective course in the second semester of the penultimate year.

  1. Students who have been placed on the Dean’s list in their penultimate year of study may choose to register for three electives in one semester and one elective in the other semester (rather than the usual two electives in each semester).

 

2          THE FOUR-YEAR LLB STREAM AFTER NSC

 

FIRST YEAR SECOND YEAR PENULTIMATE YEAR FINAL YEAR
Three non-law

courses

One non-law course at second-year level    
 

First Semester

 

Foundations of

Law

 

Skills support tutorial

 

First Semester

 

Constitutional Law A

Legal Interpretation

Law of Contract A

Law of Property A

Law of Life Partnerships

 

First Semester

 

Civil Procedure A

Company Law A

Criminal Law A

Criminal Procedure A

Jurisprudence

Law of Sale and Lease

Legal Skills

Legal Practice

(either 1st or 2nd sem.)

 

First Semester

 

Administrative Law  (first half)

Civil Procedure B

Criminal Procedure B

Labour Law

Law of Delict (first half)

 

2 Electives from the first semester list

(subject to note 3 above)

 

 

Second Semester

 

Introduction to Law

Law of Persons

 

Skills support tutorial

 

Second Semester

 

Constitutional Law B

Law of Contract B

Law of Property B

Legal Pluralism

 

Writing support course

 

Second Semester

 

Company Law B

Criminal Law B

Law of Agency, Insurance     & Credit Agreements

Law of Evidence A

Law of Partnerships and

Trusts

Public International Law

Legal Practice

(either 1st or 2nd sem.)

1 Elective from the 2nd semester list

(subject to note 2 above)

 

Second Semester

 

Administrative Law  (second half)

Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Law of Evidence B

Law of Delict  (second half)

Law of Succession and

Administration of Estates

2 Electives from the second semester list

(subject to note 3 above)

 

 

 

3        THE FOUR-YEAR LLB STREAM AFTER FIRST YEAR BA/B Com/ BSc

FIRST YEAR

BA/B Com/BSc

SECOND YEAR PENULTIMATE YEAR FINAL YEAR
Three non-law

courses

One non-law course at second-year level    
 

First Semester

 

Foundations of

Law

 

First Semester

 

Constitutional Law A

Legal Interpretation

Law of Contract A

Law of Property A

Law of Life Partnerships

 

First Semester

 

Civil Procedure A

Company Law A

Criminal Law A

Criminal Procedure A

Jurisprudence

Law of Sale and Lease

Legal Skills

Legal Practice

(either 1st or 2nd sem.)

 

First Semester

 

Administrative Law  (first half)

Civil Procedure B

Criminal Procedure B

Labour Law

Law of Delict (first half)

 

2 Electives from the first semester list

(subject to note 3 above)

 

 

Second Semester

 

Introduction to Law

 

Second Semester

 

Constitutional Law B

Law of Contract B

Law of Persons

Law of Property B

Legal Pluralism

 

 

Second Semester

 

Company Law B

Criminal Law B

Law of Agency, Insurance     &  Credit Agreements

Law of Evidence A

Law of Partnerships and

Trusts

Public International Law

Legal Practice

(either 1st or 2nd sem.)

1 Elective from the 2nd semester list

(subject to note 2 above)

 

Second Semester

 

Administrative Law  (second half)

Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Law of Evidence B

Law of Delict(second half)

Law of Succession and

Administration of Estates

2 Electives from the second semester list

(subject to note 3 above)

 

 

 

4          THE THREE-YEAR LLB STREAM

(For graduate students, following a degree with no or insufficient law courses)

This route is for students who have a degree but either have no law courses at all, or insufficient law courses to qualify for the two-year option.

FIRST YEAR PENULTIMATE YEAR FINAL YEAR
First Semester

 

Foundations of Law

Constitutional Law A

Legal Interpretation

Law of Contract A

Law of Life Partnerships

Law of Property A

 

First Semester:

 

Civil Procedure A

Company Law A

Criminal Law A

Criminal Procedure A

Jurisprudence

Law of Sale and Lease

Legal Skills

Legal Practice

(either 1st or 2nd sem.)

First Semester:

 

Administrative Law (first half)

Civil Procedure B

Criminal Procedure B

Labour Law

Law of Delict (first half)

2 Electives from the first semester list

(subject to note 3 above)

 

Second Semester

 

Introduction to Law

Constitutional Law B

Law of Contract B

Law of Persons

Law of Property B

Legal Pluralism

Second Semester:

 

Company Law B

Criminal Law B

Public International Law

Law of Agency, Insurance and

Credit Agreements

Law of Evidence A

Law of Partnerships and Trusts

Legal Practice

(either 1st or 2nd sem.)

1 Elective from the 2nd semester list

(subject to note 2 above)

Second Semester:

 

Administrative Law (second half)

Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Law of Evidence B

Law of Delict (second half)

Law of Succession and

Administration of Estates

2 Electives from the second semester list

(subject to note 3 above)

 

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