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BCom Law Course at the University of Pretoria (UP)

BCom Law Course at the University of Pretoria (UP):

The purpose of this programme is to provide a broad formative education that can lead to various career options, specifically in the corporate world. This programme is a combination of BCom and LLB subjects. This programme aims to educate students as law practitioners with a broad academic background to provide an alternative route to the eventual attainment of an LLB degree.

Why BCom?

In 1998, the five-year LLB degree was shortened to a four-year degree. However, it is evident that not all students can cope with the demands of the legal profession after four years of study. Therefore, it is generally recommended that students first complete either the three-year BA (Law) or the three-year BCom (Law) degree and then convert to the LLB degree, which will take another two years to complete. These students obtain two degrees in two different fields of study.

Note: All first-year students take the compulsory fundamental modules in academic information management, jurisprudence and English.

BCom Law Modules at UP

1st Year Compulsory Subjects

  • Financial accounting
  • Economics
  • Business management
  • Statistics
  • Roman law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Law of persons

2nd Year Compulsory Subjects

  • Consumer protection
  • Law of contract
  • Law of succession
  • Specific contracts

3rd Year Compulsory Subjects

  • Insolvency law
  • Law of things
  • Law of delict
  • Entrepreneurial law
  • Payment methods

Background

At the undergraduate level, the Faculty offers a four-year LLB degree. However, the majority of our students first enrol for a BCom (Law) or BA (Law) degree. We aim to produce LLB graduates with the knowledge, critical thinking abilities, awareness of social and ethical responsibilities and the legal skills that are required to follow any of the established career paths in law. With this aim in mind, the Faculty is progressively placing greater emphasis on an inquiry-led approach to teaching to improve the research and problem-solving skills of our students.

At the postgraduate level, we offer extensive master’s programmes (LLM/MPhil) (through either coursework or research) and a doctoral programme (LLD/PhD).

The Faculty currently employs approximately 70 dedicated full-time academics, of whom more than two-thirds have doctoral degrees in various fields of the law. A highly motivated professional staff supports them, and together they serve and prepare our student community for the various law-related career opportunities.

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