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Bachelor of Law

If you are fascinated by the justice system and want to be on top of legal matters, then a law career might be just up your alley. Law degrees in South Africa can be obtained either as an undergraduate or postgraduate degree – it depends on the institution. Although most universities have a law faculty, not all of them offer LLB undergraduate degrees – some only offer it as a postgraduate. Depending on the university, it is also possible to study Law through the Humanities and Commerce faculties.

There are a variety of methods to achieve various law careers – read the table below to find the method that works best for you.

FYI:

  • Subject requirements may differ slightly at each university.
  • Associated salary depends on which route you choose to take with your degree, the given associated salary is not completely accurate and is just to give you an idea of what to expect.
Degree: BLLB Possible Careers: What you need to do to study this:
LLB

Average starting salary of R15,422.17 a month.

  • Attorney
  • advocate
  • act as a legal advisor
  • Write AQL NBT before the end of June
  • NSC aggregate of 60% minimum, excluding Life Orientation
  • English OR Afrikaans Home Language 60%
  • English OR Afrikaans First Additional Language 70%

If economics take as a subject:

  • Mathematics 60%
BA Law

Starting salaries from R14,375 depending on route chosen

  • Equips you to practice as an attorney or
  • advocate
  • after a further two years of LLB study,
    completion of your articles or pupillage as well as the practical training and entrance examinations, or alternatively to act as a legal advisor.
  • Write AQL NBT before the end of June
  • NSC aggregate of 60% minimum, excluding Life Orientation
  • English or Afrikaans Home Language 60%
  • First Additional Language 40%

If economics taken as a subject:

  • Mathematics 60%
BCom Law

Average starting salary of R18,125 a month.

Provides a background for a career in

  • business in commercial law.
  • A further two years of LLB study will allow you to practise as an attorney or advocate
  • Write AQL and MAT NBT’s before the end of June
  • NSC aggregate of 60% minimum, excluding Life Orientation
  • English or Afrikaans Home Language 50%
  • Afrikaans or English First Additional Language 50%
  • Mathematics 60%
BAccLLB

Average starting salary of R23,958.33 a month.

Combines two degrees, therefore you can serve

  • articles of clerkship or pupilship with an attorney or advocate.
  • OR BAcc gives you access to Honours in Accounting, which is required for chartered accounting
  • Write AQL and MAT NBT’s before the end of June
  • NSC aggregate of 70% minimum, excluding Life Orientation
  • English OR Afrikaans Home Language 50%
  • Afrikaans OR English First Additional Language 50%
  • Mathematics 70% OR
  • Mathematics 60% and Accounting 70%

Degree: BLLB (LLB)

Average starting salary of R15,422.17 a month

Possible Careers:

  • attorney
  • advocate
  • act as a legal advisor

What you need to do to study this:

  • Write AQL NBT before the end of June
  • NSC aggregate of 60% minimum, excluding Life Orientation
  • English OR Afrikaans Home Language 60%
  • English OR Afrikaans First Additional Language 70%

If economics take as a subject:

  • Mathematics 60%

Degree: BLLB (BA Law)

Starting salaries from R14,375 depending on route chosen

Possible Careers:

  • equips you to practice as an attorney or advocate
  • after a further two years of LLB study, completion of your articles or pupillage as well as the practical training and entrance examinations, or alternatively to act as a legal advisor

What you need to do to study this:

  • Write AQL NBT before end of June
  • NSC aggregate of 60% minimum, excluding Life Orientation
  • English or Afrikaans Home Language 60%
  • First Additional Language 40%

If economics taken as a subject:

  • Mathematics 60%

Degree: BLLB (BCom Law)

Average starting salary of R18,125 a month

Possible Careers:

Provides a background for a career in

  • business in commercial law
  • a further two years of LLB study will allow you to practise as an attorney or advocate

What you need to do to study this:

  • Write AQL and MAT NBT’s before end of June
  • NSC aggregate of 60% minimum, excluding Life Orientation
  • English or Afrikaans Home Language 50%
  • Afrikaans or English First Additional Language 50%
  • Mathematics 60%

Degree: BLLB (BAccLLB)

Average starting salary of R23,958.33 a month

Possible Careers:

Combines two degrees, therefore you can serve

  • articles of clerkship or pupilship with an attorney or advocate
    OR
  • BAcc gives you access to Honours in Accounting, which is required for chartered accounting

What you need to do to study this:

  • Write AQL and MAT NBT’s before the end of June
  • NSC aggregate of 70% minimum, excluding Life Orientation
  • English OR Afrikaans Home Language 50%
  • Afrikaans OR English First Additional Language 50%
  • Mathematics 70% OR
  • Mathematics 60% and Accounting 70%

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