The LLD degree is conferred by virtue of a thesis, and an oral defence of the thesis. The topic of the thesis must be selected from the fields of study, and be approved by the Dean. (See the General Regulations and Rules of the University for finalisation of the thesis.)
Subject to the stipulations of the General Regulation in the Yearbook, a candidate for the LLD programme must be in possession of at least an LLM degree, or an equivalent degree from a foreign university.
Foreign qualifications are subject to SAQA evaluation.
The Faculty Board may grant exemption from the above conditions.
A candidate will only be admitted to the LLD programme if he/she complies with a standard of competence in applicable subjects as determined by the head of department, also taking into account the candidate’s academic record and any applicable experience.
A candidate will only be admitted to the LLD programme if the Faculty can provide a suitable supervisor in light of the applicant’s preliminary research proposal.
The criterion for the award of the doctorate is original research. The degree will not be conferred until work equivalent to at least two years of study has been completed.
If admitted, a student can register immediately for the LLD programme. The following two modules must be registered for and completed within one year of registration:
In order to obtain a Doctor of Laws a student has to complete a thesis under the guidance of a supervisor, after completion of a module in Research Methodology, the submission of a research proposal and an oral examination.
A section of the Oliver R Tambo Law Library has been converted to a study area for postgraduate students only. It has nine computers, a printer and study carrels. Postgraduate students are invited to make use of this facility.