How long does it take to become a lawyer in South Africa
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You have two options: BCom Law Degree plus an LLB Law Degree or just an LLB Law Degree
You will need to enrol and complete an LLB Law Degree which is a four year degree, and this is the minimum requirement. You also have the option of completing the BCom Law Degree before the LLB Law Degree – however, this is not compulsory.
The Qualification of Legal Practitioners Amendment Act of 1997 confirms that an LLB Law Degree is required to practice law in South Africa. The degree is required to be achieved from an accredited South African law school in South Africa which could be one of the leading Universities in South Africa and/or a college.
The LLB Law Degree should be completed in four years, however should you attend to the BCom Law Degree in addition it can take up to five years. If you graduate with a law degree outside of South Africa, you will have to contact the NFA to verify whether your degree is equivalent to an LLB in South Africa.