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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.

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.

Minimum
Admission
Requirements





















English Maths/HG Math
Lit/SG
Notes
NSC:
Bachelor
pass with
60%50% or60%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.
NC(V):
Bachelor
pass with
60%50% or60%
SC:
Endorsement
with
60%50% or60%
SC(a):
Bachelor
pass with
60%50% or60%
InternationalAn USAf Exemption Certificate to degree studies and meeting the
relevant Maths and English requirements.
A cognate Higher Certificate or 240 credit
Diploma OR an Advanced Certificate or 360
credit Diploma may satisfy the minimum
admission requirements to degree studies.
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).
USAf
approved
cognate
foundation
programme
Candidates who have completed an USAf approved cognate foundation programme
from a registered and accredited provider may be admitted. The additional English and
Maths criteria fall away.

An USAf Exemption Certificate is required - the Office of the Registrar will facilitate,
on behalf of the student, an application for degree admission to USAf, once the student
has provided proof of payment to USAf.
Transfer
students
Candidates who have successfully completed at least 120 credits on the first year of a
cognate degree may be admitted. However, if a student completed less than 120
credits, the admission criteria on the NSC or equivalent apply
OQSF
qualifications
Candidates with an OQSF Level 5 cognate qualification may be admitted, provided the
OQSF qualification has at least 120 credits at NQF Level 5. An USAf Exemption
Certificate is required - the Office of the Registrar will facilitate, on behalf of the
student, an application for degree admission to USAf, once the student has provided
proof of payment to USAf.
General
Education
Development
(GED) - An
USA
qualification
developed by
the American
Council on
Education
(ACE)
Candidates with a GED qualification may be admitted if they have an USAf Foreign
Conditional Exemption Certificate as well as NBT: AQL results and have obtained a score
of at least 51 for Academic Literacy (AL) and a score of at least 40 for Quantitative
Literacy (QL).
The IIE Bachelor of Laws degree is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a 540- credit qualification on level 8 (SAQA ID: 101647).

​Careers include, but are not limited to:

  • Advocate
  • Attorney
  • Prosecutor

In keeping with the purpose of professional Bachelors’ degrees, this programme will also enable graduates (who may also have obtained admission as an attorney or advocate) to apply a well-rounded theoretical and practical knowledge base and professional entry practice across a broad range of alternative specialisations, careers, enterprise types and industries in both the public and private sectors. Career opportunities for graduates of this degree exist in, amongst others:

  • Legal Advisor at one of the Chapter 9 Institutions
  • Alternative dispute resolution
  • 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

At The IIE’s Varsity College we are proud of and passionate about our shift away from the ‘traditional lecturing’ methodology to our blended-learning strategy – the VCBlend.

This blended-learning strategy extends learning beyond the confines of the classroom and creates opportunities for our students to work collaboratively, with peers and their educators, to construct their understanding of concepts. Student engagement is supported by the use of a learning management system (LMS) and the online learning materials that have been developed to underpin our teaching strategy.

Due to the VCBlend approach, you will be expected to spend time conducting your own research, study for assessments and work on assignments. To gain the most from the blended learning experience, VC’s Wireless classrooms and campuses, students are required to BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) such as mobile devices, netbooks, laptops or tablets, etc. so as to develop the necessary academic and digital literacies over the three years of this degree

This student-focused approach compels our students to be accountable for their learning while developing the critical skills they will need to thrive in the rapidly changing 21st century work environment.

As such, academic life for our students is dynamic, challenging and relevant.

The IIE Bachelor of Laws degree will allow graduates to articulate into programmes at South African public or private higher education institutions, subject to the particular admission requirements of the institution applied to being met.

The IIE Bachelor of Laws degree is specifically intended to provide opportunities for vertical articulation into the Master of Laws (LLM) degree. This degree is also designed to facilitate entry horizontally into appropriate Postgraduate Diplomas and similar vocationally orientated programmes.

It is further envisaged that graduates from The IIE LLB 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 an IIE postgraduate certificate or diploma or honours degree available at The IIE’s Varsity College.

It is important to remember, however, that your academic results remain a key factor when applying for further studies.

The IIE is not only accredited in South Africa but its dedication to providing quality education also led to it being accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC) in 2014. The British Accreditation Council is an independent authority in the United Kingdom that accredits private providers globally, including Greece, Switzerland, Singapore, India, Mauritius and the United Arab Emirates. In 2017 The IIE had its accreditation status confirmed by the BAC as an Independent Higher Education Institution confirming our confidence in the international comparability of our standards.

“South African students need to know, when they select a private higher education institution, that the standards offered are equivalent to those of a public University. Our students get this from our extensive local accreditation and registration. The students also benefit from knowing that we meet international standards too. The IIE is accredited as an Independent Higher Education Institution by the British Accreditation Council.

Locally and internationally we have demonstrated the quality of what we offer,” said Dr Coughlan, Director, The Independent Institute of Education.

The IIE’s Varsity College students can be confident that their IIE learning experience meets international best practice standards.