IIE Bachelor of Laws

​The IIE Bachelor of Laws or LLB degree is a professional degree preparing graduates for work and practice in the field of law in South Africa.  The degree comprises the necessary substantive legal modules required by graduates to, upon compliance with additional legislative requirements, be admitted as attorneys and advocates of the High Court of South Africa.  Graduates will also be enabled to follow a variety of alternative careers in law

• A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Degree admission- A minimum of 60% for English AND 50 % for  Mathematics OR 60 % for Mathematical Literacy coupled with a minimum of 50% for two x DESIGNATED NSC subjects (This excludes LO which is a 10-credit subject); OR

• A National Certificate (Vocational) NC(V) with Degree admission – A minimum of 60% in English on either First Additional Language or Home Language level AND Mathematics or Mathematical Literacy AND Life Orientation, with a minimum of 70% in the four vocational subjects is required; OR

• A Senior Certificate (SC) (with endorsement) or equivalent with a minimum of 60% in English on higher grade AND 50% for Mathematics on higher grade OR 60% for Mathematics on standard grade; OR

• Alternatively, a Higher Certificate or an Advanced Certificate or 240 or 360 credit Diploma in a cognate field may satisfy the minimum admission requirements to degree studies.

If a Higher Certificate, Advanced Certificate or 240 or 360 credit Diploma is not in a cognate field, then at least 20% of the credits of such qualification must relate to academic literacy or academic skills in order for an applicant to be admitted to degree studies. Such applications will be reviewed by the relevant Head of Faculty in collaboration with the Registrar.

Mature Age Exemption:

• Candidates having attained the age of 23 before or during the first year of registration with a Senior Certificate with a minimum of 40% in at least four higher or standard grade subjects, at least three of which shall have been passed simultaneously and one of which shall be a recognised higher grade subject; OR

• Candidates must have attained the age of 45 before or during the first year of registration.

RPL – Candidates who fall outside the above criteria, but who can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of The IIE that they have an appropriate, related qualification or work-based learning, which has taken the candidate to the equivalent of an NQF Level 6 law-related qualification, may be considered for admission into this programme through an RPL process.

​The IIE’s Bachelor of Laws degree is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a 530-credit qualification on level 8(SAQA ID: 101647). The IIE is internationally recognised and accredited by The British Accreditation Council (BAC). The BAC has been responsible for setting standards within the independent further and higher education sector for 25 years. Their accreditation is held by hundreds of colleges in the UK and overseas. They provide the leading mark of educational quality for the sector, which is used by students, parents, agencies and beyond as a guarantee of standards. 
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​Careers include, but are not limited to:
• Advocate
• Attorney
• Prosecutor
• Community law advising / Advice office advisor
• Corporate governance
• Corporate legal advising
• Divorce and family-law mediation
• General commercial mediation 
• Legal advisor in the public sector  
• Legal education / academia
• Legal researcher 
• Legal writer or editor
• Non-governmental organisation legal advising


The IIE LLB degree is a four year degree. The academic year runs from February to November. The modules are delivered on a full-time basis with lectures and tutorials being scheduled during the day from Monday to Friday. 

In addition to attending lectures, you will be expected to spend time conducting your own study plan, doing research and working on assignments. The learning material is of the highest quality and offers students a blended learning experience where the face-to-face teaching sessions are supplemented with specific online learning activities, digital content/study material, relevant current textbooks and assessments.

To gain the most from the blended learning experience and VC’s Wireless classrooms and campuses, students are required to BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) mobile device – netbook, laptop or tablet – to develop the necessary academic and digital literacies over the four years of this degree.

The curriculum below is correct at the time of print. Please note that in line with academic practice, The IIE’s curriculum is annually reviewed. Therefore, changes may occur in module structure and sequence in order to ensure that the qualification remains relevant. The exit level outcomes of the programme do not change. Registered students receive updated programme curriculum on an annual basis.
Documents detailing specific module outcomes per core discipline are available from the campus should you require these details.

The IIE LLB degree will allow LLB graduates to articulate into programmes at South African public universities, subject to the particular admission requirements of the university applied to being met.

In this respect, The IIE LLB degree is specifically intended to provide opportunities for vertical articulation into a postgraduate LLM degree.  The degree is also designed to facilitate entry horizontally into appropriate Postgraduate Diplomas and similar vocationally orientated programmes. 

It is further envisaged that graduates of the degree may enrol for master’s degrees in non-law disciplines such as business (MBA’s) or in the field of higher education.  The degree will also allow graduates to proceed to further study in a postgraduate certificate or diploma or honours degree at Varsity College itself. 
As a registered student at Varsity College, we will support you to explore the possible postgraduate options that align to your chosen career area. Each year we also provide our students with a postgraduate information pack. It is important to remember that your academic results remain a key factor when applying for further studies.