Law at University of Fort Hare
Bachelor of Commerce (Law)
This requires an applicant to be in possession of a school leaving qualification that meets the legal minimum requirement for admission to degree study in South Africa – in the form of either the new National Senior Certificate (NSC) or a matriculation exemp-tion/endorsement. However, applicants who do not satisfy the said legal minimum requirement may be admitted under the University’s Senate Discretionary Exemption (SDE) dispensation in which event they will have to satisfy additional curriculum requirements.
Bachelor of Laws: LLB
The LLB is now the only qualification acceptable for admission into the legal profession either as an attorney or advocate. The requirements that a person seeking admission to study for the degree must meet depends on the qualification that the person currently holds and the LLB degree option that the person wishes to pursue.
There are presently five LLB degree options available at Fort Hare and they are as follows:
Doctor of Laws
The Doctor of Laws programme can only be undertaken by research. It is available to persons who are in possession of the LLM degree or the old (postgraduate) LLBdegree or any other qualification that the UFH Senate may consider equivalent to the LLM degree.
Master of Laws
The Master of Laws programme at Fort Hare can only be undertaken by full research/dissertation. It is available to persons who are in possession of the LLB or any other qualification that the UFH Senate may consider to be equivalent to either one of the above-mentioned degrees.
Master of Philosophy in Human Rights
This postgraduate programme is undertaken by a combination of coursework and research. It is available to persons who are in possession of any undergraduate degree considered
Postgraduate Diploma in Human Rights
This postgraduate programme is undertaken by coursework only. It is available to persons who are in possession of any undergraduate degree considered suitable by the Research and Higher Degrees Committee of the Faculty of Law.
Diploma in Local Government Law and Administration
The requirement for admission to the Diploma is a school leaving certificate with a minimum aggregate symbol E-S, or National Senior Certificate endorsed for diploma. The quali-fication is designed primarily as a capacity building programme for officials and elected repre-sentatives in local government. The Faculty therefore also takes into account current or previous involvement in the local government sphere as an elected representative (mayor, executive committee member or council or); current or previous employment in local government. Admission may also be through recognition of Prior Learning and Age Exemption.