Unizulu Law



Unizulu Law, the Faculty of Commerce, Administration and Law is transforming into a vibrant and dynamic Faculty at the University of Zululand. The University is restructured for relevance and advocates a career-focussed education with emphasis on meeting the needs of its rural and rustic environment, as well as its commitment to commerce and industry. The Faculty comprises the Office of the Executive Dean, a Faculty Office and six academic departments, viz, Department of Accounting (including Information Technology), Department of Business Management, Department of Economics, Department of Industrial Psychology (incorporating Human Resources Management), Department of Public Administration and the Law Departments (Private law, Public Law, and Mercantile Law).



All degrees and programmes of the Faculty are accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and registered with (South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). In addition to core academic programmes and qualifications, these departments also undertake research and provide certificated courses and training in a variety of related activities relevant to commerce, industry, government, civil society and the non- governmental sector. The Faculty also participates avidly in community outreach and development programmes. The Institute of Local Government and Traditional Affairs, attached to the Department of Public Administration is in the forefront of education, training and development programmes within the local government sector.



Vision

To be a Faculty of choice and relevance for commerce, administration, law and the local community in ensuring a supportive and caring ethos that contributes meaningfully to the quality of life of all who live in the region of KZN, South Africa and the African continent within the global context.

Mission

To continue providing relevant qualifications, training and development needs of commerce, industry, public sector, civil society and the non-governmental sectors through partnerships and by ensuring sustainable development through knowledge production, management and research in these and related fields.



Bachelor of Laws

The purpose of this generic LLB qualification is to assist employers, professional associations, curriculum developers and learning-programme providers, education and training bodies, accrediting bodies and moderators, and students and their families, to understand factors determining the level and nature of the LLB qualification. The term ‘generic’ is not synonymous with ‘general’. The term generic means that the essential minimum-required outcomes and their assessment criteria have been identified in an abstract way, and are not linked to a preconceived curriculum (content). The qualification, therefore, sets a minimum standard of outcomes with which all LLB qualifications of at least 480 credits within the ‘career-focused track’ of the NQF would have to comply for accreditation. This qualification does not seek to make all LLB degrees identical but rather to provide a framework within which providers can be innovative and stakeholder-driven in a liberated way.

Employment opportunities citing typical employers
The legal profession hosts a variety of career paths that a graduate can choose from. The graduate can choose between becoming an academic, an attorney, an advocate, a legal adviser, a state prosecutor, a state advocate or even join the judiciary. Typical employers will be the National Prosecuting Authority, the Justice Centres, SARS and the private firms of attorneys and other organisations like KPMG. Further once the graduate is an admitted attorney or advocate he/she can very well choose to open their own practice.

Entrepreneurial opportunities 
The legal profession offers entrepreneurial opportunities in that as an admitted attorney you register your own firm and specialise in fields of law in which you are an expert. You may set up a firm in which you will employ other attorneys as professional assistants and candidate attorneys.

Vertical articulation for further / higher degree studies where applicable 
The programme is designed to be sufficient for students who wish to proceed to masters and doctoral degrees, and in this way obtain the kind of depth that will make them attractive as professionals and knowledge workers to work as researchers in public and private sector entities, and as academics at the universities.

Horizontal articulation with other qualifications where applicable
The programme is also well positioned to articulate horizontally to B-Comm, Business Management, Human Resources and Political Science in South Africa.

Head of Department 
Kanagie Naidoo (B-Proc, UKZN HOWARD COLLEGE; LLM, UNISA; Admitted Attorney of the High Court of South Africa)
Email: Naidooka@unizulu.ac.za
Tel: 035 902 6213

The Department of Law offers the four year LLB degree. The programme has been designed in line with national norms and standards. This degree is the minimum qualification for any career in law, be it public prosecutor, magistrate, judge, law advisor, attorney or advocate. To become an attorney, a person must, after completion of the degree, attend the School for Legal Practice and/or serve articles of clerkship in an attorney’s office, and pass the profession’s prescribed practical examinations. In order to formally practise as an advocate, a person must join one of the Bar Associations. A person holding the LLB degree must firstly apply to be admitted as an advocate by the High Court of South Africa, and thereafter complete a term of pupillage and pass the Bar Council’s practical examination.



Faculty:Commerce, Administration and Law
Department:Law
Degree:Commerce
Majors:Law
Abbreviation:Legal Profession
Qualification Code (SAQF):22993
UNIZULU Code:LADEG1
NQF EXIT Level:8
Admission Requirements:1. NSC with degree endorsement OR Matric Exemption and an achievement rating of 28 points
2. English level 4 and Mathematics level 4
3. English level SG level D or HG level E and Mathematics level SG level D or HG level E
Minimum Credits for Admission:30 Points
Minimum duration of studies:4 Years
Presentation mode of modules:Day Classes
Intake for the qualification:January
Registration Cycle for the modules:January
Total credits to Graduate:480

Year 1

Module CodeModule NameCreditsNQF LevelCo-Requisites
SEMESTER 1
LRIN101Introduction to Law A125
AENG121Practical English 1A125
LPLP101Law of Persons125
LCLS101Legal Skills A125
SCPS121Computer Literacy125
SEMESTER 2
LRIN102Introduction to Law B125LRIN101
AENG122Practical English 1B125AENG121
LPFL102Family Law125
LCLS102Legal Skills B125
LRID102Indigenous Law125
Total credits: Year 1120

Year 2

Module CodeModule NameCreditsNQF LevelCo-Requisites
SEMESTER 1
LCLS201Legal Skills C126
LCCL201Criminal Law A126
LPIN201Juridical Interpretation126
LPLS201Law of Succession126
LRCL201Constitutional Law A126
SEMESTER 2
LCLS202Legal Skills D126LCLS201
LCCL202Criminal Law B126
LPPO202Law of Property126
LRAD202Administrative Law126
LRCL202Constitutional Law B126LRCL201
Total credits: Year 2120

Doctor of Laws

The degree of Doctor Legum follows an LLM degree or an LLB degree. It is of at least two years duration and is based on original research.  Examination is by thesis, and a thesis must be submitted on an approved topic.

Specific rules relating to the Degree of Doctor Legum are:

  1. The General Rules notwithstanding, the degree may also be awarded on the basis of meritoriousA student shall be required to undergo an oral examination in the field of study of his or her thesis.

Material previously included in an LLB or LLM dissertation may, with the approval of Senate, be included in an LLD thesis.

Admission Requirements

FACULTYCommerce, Administration and Law
DEPARTMENT:Law
DegreeDoctor of Laws
AbbreviationLLD
Qualification Code (SAQF)22414
UNIZULU CodeCLLD06
NQF EXIT Level10
Admission Requirements1.      Master of Laws
Minimum duration of studies2 Years
Presentation mode of Modules:
Intake for the qualification:January
Registration Cycle for the Modules:January
Total credits to Graduate:360