• Admission requirements - LLB or equivalent legal qualification. Research competency and writing skills, as well as practical experience, are taken into account when considering applications. As a guideline, students must have obtained an average of 60% for the final-year LLB modules and for the dissertation.
  • International students - An evaluation certificate issued by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) must be submitted if a previous qualification was obtained in a foreign country. 
  • Duration of study - Minimum one year, maximum two years.
  • Additional admission requirements - The Director Postgraduate Programmes may require a student to furnish sufficient proof of his/her research skills before receiving permission to register. If a student wishes to obtain an LLM degree in a subject not included in the LLB or in which the student’s achievements are not of the standard required, the Director may prescribe an admission examination in the subject concerned.
  • Capacity - The LLM programmes and elective modules are only offered if the Director of Research is of the opinion that there is sufficient demand for them.
  • Research topics - Students can only register for a research topic in a module when sufficient supervision is available and if the Director is of the opinion that there will be sufficient expertise to support and guide a student in the Faculty.

The LLM in Comparative Child Law is one of a kind.  Although similar qualifications do exist elsewhere nationally and internationally, this one is unique in that it views child law as applied international law. Students are therefore exposed to the discipline in a strong international context and it comes as no surprise that students from all over the world enrol for the course.

The programme aims to equip students with sound academic knowledge and professional skills in child law and serves as an academic qualification for careers nationally and internationally in the field. A feature that is attractive to prospective employers is the module in which students do an internship at an organisation focusing on the practice of child law. This bridges the gap between academia and practice. The value added through the internship has been demonstrated by students finding job placements.

In view of the high international profile of the programme, the presenters are practitioners and academics who are nationally and internationally regarded as leaders in their respective fields of specialisation.

Programme leader: Ms Chantelle Feldhaus

The programme comprises the following modules:

Compilation of curriculum - LLM in Comparative Child Law

CODE: 6CK P01, R801P

CAMPUS: POTCHEFSTROOM, (ENGLISH)

DELIVERY MODE:  CONTACT

The programme comprises the following modules:

Module code

Name

Credits

Semester 1

LLMC 874

Research Methodology and mini-dissertation

100

LLMK 811

International Child and Family Law

20

LLMK 812

International Children’s Human Rights

20

Semester 2

LLMK 821

International Social Justice

20

LLMK 822

International Juvenile Justice

20

Total for the curriculum

180

Seminar Programme 2018  (Download)

Various career opportunities will be available for students who successfully complete this programme. Save for the attorneys and advocates professions, there are opportunities at NGOs, international organisations and various government departments.