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Rules For the Degree Master of laws(LLM) and Magister Philosophiae (MPhil)

The LLM/MPhil is a qualification aimed at developing advanced research skills.  The degrees can be obtained by either writing a dissertation or by writing a mini-dissertation as well as by successfully completing examinations in the modules prescribed for a focused qualification in Labour Law, Estate Law, Import and Export Law, or Environmental Law and Governance or Comparative Child Law.


Duration(minimum and maximum duration)

The study period is at least one year. A student has to meet all the requirements for the LLM / MPhil degree within two years after registration.


Admission requirementsfor the qualification

To gain admission to the LLM programme, a student has to meet all the requirements set by this university or any other South African university for the LLB degree.  A student in possession of another four year legal degree of this or another university may apply for admission to the LLM degree.

Such a student must furnish sufficient written proof of his/her knowledge and practical experience in the specific field of study.

An evaluation certificate as issued by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) must be submitted if a previous qualification was obtained in a foreign country. 


The Director Research may furthermore require that a student furnish sufficient proof of his/her research skills before the student receives permission to register.

If a student wishes to obtain an LLM degree in a subject not included in the LLB or in which the student’s achievements are not of a sufficient standard, an admission examination in the subject in question can be prescribed by the Director of Research.

As far as the LLM in Estate Law is concerned, a student is required to successfully complete an undergraduate module in Tax Law (JURE 313) or submit proof that an equivalent module was passed at another tertiary institution.

To gain admission to the MPhil in Environmental Law and Governance, a student who meets all the requirements of a four year university degree may apply for admission to the MPhil in Environmental Law and Governance.  Such a student must first successfully complete the following undergraduate modules (or module equivalents at another South African university):  JURI 111 (Introduction to Law); JURI 226 (Law of Property), JURI 214 (Constitutional Law), JURI 321 (Administrative Law) and JURE 411 (Environmental Law). Before being allowed to register, the student may be required to provide the Director of Research with sufficient written evidence of knowledge and practical experience in the relevant field.

In the case of the LLM in Comparative Child Law, students may be subject to a selection process or interviewed before being admitted, to establish their ability to complete the LLM study.  New enrolments for the degree are accepted only if the Director of Research is of the opinion that there is sufficient demand for the programme.

The LLM programmes and elective modules are only offered if the Director of Research is of the opinion that there is sufficient demand for the programme/ modules/s.

Students can only register for a research topic in any module when sufficient supervision is available and if the Director of Research is of the opinion that there will be sufficient expertise for support and guidance to a student in the faculty.

A student can only register for a module/s for non degree purposes if he/she can present proof of preceding knowledge on a HEQF level 7

Compilation of curriculum – LLM Comparative Child Law (R807P)

The programme is only offered full-time and in English. Certain modules are offered only at the Justus Liebig University, Giessen (G), Germany.

The programme comprises the following modules:

Module code

Descriptive name




LLMC 811

Comparative Child and Family Law – part 1 (P)


LLMC 812

International Family Law Transborder Issues part 1


LLMC 813

Comparative Social Justice (P)


LLMC 821

Comparative Child and Family Law – part 2 (G)


LLMC 822

International Family Law Immigration Law part 2 (G)


LLMC 824

International Children’s Human Rights (G)


LLMC 825

Juvenile Criminal Justice (G)


LLMC 826

Comparative Research Methodology and Dissertation (P&G)


LLMC 817



Total for the curriculum




Master of Laws in Comparative
Child law (LL.M.)





Welcome to the homepage of the LL.M. programme "Master of Laws in Comparative Child Law". This programme aims at providing in-depth knowledge about child law from a comparative perspective. Please use the left navigation to learn more about our programme.

Any further questions?

Please send an e-mail to:
Ms Anita Stapelberg

Who is in charge?
Prof Robbie Robinson

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