Stellenbosch UniversityStellenbosch University is recognised as one of the four top research universities in South Africa. The university takes pride in the fact that it has one of the country’s highest proportions of postgraduate students of which almost ten percent are international students.
The university lies in the picturesque Jonkershoek Valley in the heart of the Western Cape Winelands of South Africa. Over the years, the university has grown into an internationally-recognised institution of excellence which currently has over 24,000 students.
The University has ten faculties, of which eight – AgriSciences, Arts and Social Sciences, Education, Engineering, Law, Science, Theology and the larger part of Economic and Management Sciences - are located on the main campus in Stellenbosch with the Faculty of Health Sciences situated on the Tygerberg campus. The Bellville Park campus is home to the Business School and the school’s Executive Development programme. The coastal town of Saldanha serves as the base for the Faculty of Military Sciences.
The campuses of Stellenbosch University make up a vibrant melting pot of different cultures and various student organisations can be found on the four campuses. They cater to a wide range of interests such as culture, politics, religions, spiritual concern and relaxation. There are also a number of well-known and established student activities that add to the unique experience of being a "Matie", as a student of Stellenbosch is affectionately known.
The law school
In the centre of the city of Stellenbosch, at the corner of Victoria Street and Ryneveld Street, is the Old Main Building, home to the Stellenbosch Faculty of Law. Inaugurated in 1886 as the main building of the Victoria College, this building also serves as a monument to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the establishment of the town by Simon van der Stel in 1686.
The Stellenbosch Law Faculty itself was established in 1921. Initially, the Faculty concentrated on LLB degrees, training and equipping students, not merely as legal practitioners, but also as jurists. Graduates of the Faculty include judges, advocates, attorneys, business people, politicians and academics. In 1976, the LLM degree (by thesis) was awarded for the first time to two students. The Law Faculty introduced the Master of Laws program (LLM by course work) in 1994. The LLM program attracts students from far and wide. This includes a large German, Dutch and Belgian contingent and students from the African continent, especially Zimbabwe, Botswana, Kenya, Tanzania and Nigeria.
A student with an LLB degree conferred by the University or any other bachelor's degree in Law (excluding the BIuris degree) and who has attained an average of 60% in the final year of this degree or a comparable achievement in another (for example, foreign) qualification, or a student who has attained a level of proficiency or accomplishment in Law which, in the discretion of Senate, is regarded as adequate for these purposes, may apply for a Master's degree in Law. The Senate will consider every application on merit.
The stated goal and purpose of Stellenbosch's LLM program is not only to enable law graduates to specialise, but also to afford them an opportunity to concentrate on current issues brought to the fore by societal transition as well as constitutional and other recent developments.
The LLM (coursework) degree is awarded upon the successful completion of four taught modules and a study project of between 10,000 and 15,000 words on an approved topic. A wide variety of modules is offered: advanced company law, competition law, employment discrimination, employment rights, corporate acquisitions, international tax law, information technology law, intellectual property law, international business transactions, international commercial arbitration, public law aspects of international trade, comparative private law, international law and children's rights, law of trusts, comparative apartment ownership, legal medicine, selected issues in labour and social security law, advanced South African human rights law and international criminal law.
The LLM by thesis comprises a dissertation of approximately 40,000 words (or 120 pages, double-spaced) on a topic approved by the faculty board of the Law Faculty.