What Subjects Do You Need To Study Law?


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If you are a matriculant or a student interested in studying and pursuing a career in law and you are unsure about the admission requirements that come with a law degree, then this one is for you. We have the information you need about admission point scores and subject requirements. 


What Subjects Are Needed To Become A Lawyer?

The law faculty is very popular in South Africa with most universities across the country offering law, such as the LLB degree. If you are interested in pursuing a career in law in South Africa and you are looking to get a law degree but aren't sure what the requirements are, we have the answers you need.

The admission requirements for law vary with different universities. The average university requires a 70% English Home Language or English First Additional Language, and a 50% for Mathematics (pure math or math literacy). Many universities will require a 65% average over all subjects.

There aren't any specific subjects required to study law in South Africa but history will come as an advantage, as there is a focus on the history in certain law modules.

Which Subjects Are Required For Law?

The minimum requirement to study law is a NQF level 4 certificate, which is a National Senior Certificate or a Senior Certificate. 

For most universities, a minimum Admissions Point Score (APS) of 21 points is needed for admission, but you'll find that certain universities require a minimum of 33 points to study law.

Your APS is important for your acceptance into an undergraduate programmes at many different higher education institutions. If you are unsure of what you APS is or how to calculate it, click here.

Your APS will help you find out whether or not you qualify to study an undergraduate degree in law and where you meet the minimum requirements.

Subjects Needed To For LLB Degree Admission

  • English Home Language OR Additional First Language
  • Mathematics/Mathematical Literacy
  • Life Orientation is not needed

Subjects Needed To Study BA Law

  • Mathematics/Mathematical Literacy
  • English
  • Additional Language
  • Life Orientation is not needed

Subjects Needed To Study BCom Law

  • English Home Language OR First Additional Language
  • Mathematics

Be sure to a lot of research before choosing a university or TVET college for your LLB degree or law courses in South Africa, to ensure that they offer exactly what you want. Research the modules that are offered in the universities as they may differ with every university. 

Good luck on your journey to enter the legal profession work world of the South African legal system!


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