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University of Johannesburg UJ Law Short Courses

University of Johannesburg UJ Law Short Courses


“Outstanding lawyers and a sound legal system are prerequisites of any civilized society. The legal system provides the rules within which the state’s administration, the business world, individuals and organizations, indeed the whole community operate. In any country in which the law reigns supreme, lawyers must apply legal rules and act as watch dogs to ensure that everyone adheres to the norms of society. Because the law plays an immense and far-reaching role, legal studies cover a wide and exiting field: the rules of the tough business world and the business entities operating within it, the protection of human rights, intimate family relationships, the prosecution of criminals and the conclusions of contracts, to name but a few.” These are the words of the dean of the Faculty of Law, Prof LG Mpedi.

To enhance the skills of persons who are in a career the Faculty of Law presents a number of diploma and certificate programmes in specialized fields of legal practice. These short study programmes have been specifically developed to address the needs that have been identified in the work place. Dedicated commitment is required from persons who decide to embark on studies on a part-time basis and the Faculty of Law endeavours to support students where possible to make their studies a pleasurable and successful experience.

There is a variety of offerings available on a part time basis at the Faculty of Law. Please note that each programme has its own relevant admission requirements. 


An application form can be obtained from the Faculty. 

The completed application form and application fee must be sent to:

The Registrar
University of Johannesburg
PO Box 524
Auckland Park

Please attach a certified copy of your ID document/ passport and certified copies of your matric certificate and/or previous qualifications and CV (if relevant) to your application form.

Foreign applicants should note the relevant legislative requirements outlined further in this document.

Contact details

W Kokwane

011 559 3739


Every programme has its own relevant tuition fee and is available in the individual programme brochures.

Other administrative fees (compulsory):

In addition to the tuition fees there are certain administrative fees that need to be paid as well, including an application fee, registration fee and ICT levy.

NB: Please contact the Faculty to obtain the correct admin fees for 2017.

*Official quotations may be obtained on request.

International students

International students pay an additional levy.   Please contact Student Finance at +27 (0) 11 559 2981/3776.

Foreign Applicants

Who is regarded as a foreigner in South Africa?
When a foreign person is accepted for studies in South Africa such a person is referred to as an international student. An international student is not a South African resident or does not have permanent residency in South Africa.


As all these programmes are presented on a part-time basis a special permit is therefore not necessary in order to attend lectures.

Foreign qualifications

Applicants interested in applying to study any of our non-formal programmes and who have completed a foreign school leaving certificate or foreign post-school qualification should contact the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) for an evaluation.

Please include the SAQA evaluation when applying for a study programme.

SAQA Contact details

South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)

Centre for the Evaluation of Educational Qualifications (CEEQ)

Postnet Suite 248, Private Bag X06

Waterkloof, Pretoria, SA, 0145


Tel. no. +27 12 431-5107/5064/5056/5013

Fax no. +27 12 482-5146,

Evaluation of foreign qualifications

A summary of all programmes that will be presented during 2017/2018
Exciting new postgraduate programmes
Programme in Business Rescue: The application of this new procedure has been met with varying and often limited levels of success, caused not least by the uncertainty in interpreting and complying with the regulatory principles contained in the legislation. The programme will provide a systematic and practice orientated examination of the fundamental Business Rescue principles enabling the business Rescue Practitioner to comply with and give actual effect to purpose of the regulatory framework.
Programme in Corporate Finance and Securities Law: The programme will equip professionals in the legal, managerial and financial fields with a systematic and practice orientated body of knowledge on the legal principles of Corporate Finance and Securities law as it pertains to the formation, continued operation and expansion of a company by way of various endeavours such as mergers and acquisitions.
Other career enhancing programmes
Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) Compliance

**The following programmes form part of the Postgraduate Diploma Compliance:

– Money Laundering Control

– Compliance Management

– Board Governance

– Basic Interpretation of Theory

**Each programme must be done separately as a so called stand alone course

2 years    Postgrad Diploma in Compliance.pdf

Modules must be applied for individually

Certificate Money Laundering 6 months Money Laundering Control.pdf
Certificate Compliance Management 6 months Compliance Management.pdf
Certificate Board Governance 6 months Board Governance.pdf
Certificate Basic Interpretation of Theory (exit module of PGD Compliance) 6 months Only offered as an exit module
Certificate in Legislative Drafting 6 months Legislative Drafting.pdf
Higher Certificate in Criminal Justice and Forensic Investigations 1 year Crim Justice.pdf
Postgraduate Diploma International Taxation 1 year PG Dip Tax International.pdf
Postgraduate Diploma Tax Law 2 years PG Dip Tax Law.pdf
Postgraduate Diploma Drafting and Interpretation of Contracts 1 year PG Drafting and Interpretation.pdf
Advance Certificate in Labour Law 1 year Presented based on demand**
National Diploma Law (Paralegal studies) 3 years Paralegal Studies.pdf
Postgraduate Diploma in Labour Law 1 year PG Labour Law.pdf


* Fees are subject to change

* Please note that universities are in the process of bringing their qualifications in line with the new Higher Education Qualification Framework and this may result in qualifications being renamed.

** Certain programmes will only  be presented where  the demand so warrants the presentation thereof.


The University of Johannesburg holds the right to change any information without prior notice.​​​​

Name of Programme
No. of credits
Duration of Programme
Basic Interpretation of Theory (Only offerd as exit module) (Basic Interpretation of Theory) Faculty of Law 30 6 months
Board Governance (Board Governance) Faculty of Law 30 6 months
Business Rescue (Business Rescue) Faculty of Law 6 Months (Second semester)
Company Law Fundamental (Company Law Fundamental) Faculty of Law 6 Months (First semester)
Compliance Management(Compliance Management) Faculty of Law 1 Semester
Corporate Finance & Securities law (Corporate Finance & Securities law) Faculty of Law 10 6 Months
Intellectual Property Law(Intellectual Property Law) Faculty of Law 6 Months
Legislative Drafting(Legislative Drafting) Faculty of Law 12 6 Months
Money Laundering Control(Money Laundering Control) Faculty of Law 30 6 Months
Paralegal Bridging Course(Paralegal Bridging Course) Faculty of Law 10 1 Semester
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