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

What entry requirements will I need to study this Bachelor’s degree?

Minimum Admission Requirements






 L O


NSC: Bachelor pass with


50% or


coupled with a minimum of 50% for two recognised 20- credit NSC subjects (This excludes LO which

is a 10 credit subject)

Once you have graduated with the Bachelor of Laws and want to be eligible to practice as an attorney or advocate of the High Court in South Africa, you need to be a citizen or permanent resident of South Africa.


Bachelor pass


60% or



with a minimum of 70% in the four vocational subjects..





50% or



Bachelor pass with


50% or



An USAf Exemption Certificate to degree studies with 60% or equivalent for English and 50% or

equivalent for Mathematics.

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

Other Qualifications

If discipline not cognate at least 20% of credits must be academic literacy or numeracy related.

Senate Discretionary Admissions

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.

An USAf exemption Certificate is required.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Candidates must demonstrate suitability for admission in terms of Senate’s resolution

6.6 of 20 October 2005 which allows for Senate’s discretionary conditional admission (if applicable).

School of Tomorrow (SOT)

(last date of achievement 30 June 2019)

Candidates who have successfully completed an SOT qualification may be conditionally admitted directly into the 1st year of the degree, provided that they have:

  1. submitted their SOT certificate along with a statement of results and have achieved at least 50 % in 4 recognised 20-credit NSC subjects with 60% in English and 50% for Maths - using the SOT National Conversion Table;
  2. achieved the following for the National Benchmark Tests (NBT)- AQL:

- Academic Literacy (AL) score of at least 51 AND an Quantitative Literacy (QL) score of at least 38

An USAf Exemption Certificate is required - the Office of the Registrar will facilitate, on behalf of the student, an application for a degree exemption certificate to USAf, once the student has provided proof of payment to USAf.

​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.