Study Programme Details
Country: South Africa
Admission Sessions: Summer Session
Study Format: Full Time, Part Time
Mode of Study: Fully on Site

Programme Type

Master's degree


12 Months

Scholarship Available




About this Study Course

Embark on a transformative academic journey with the Master of Laws (LLM) in Environmental Law at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. This forward-thinking program, offered as a 1-year full-time or 2-year part-time degree, delves into the complexities of environmental legal frameworks. Explore the latest advancements in environmental law and contribute to the sustainable future of our planet. Immerse yourself in a curriculum that seamlessly blends coursework and research, providing a comprehensive understanding of the dynamic field of environmental law.


Within the LLM in Environmental Law program, students engage in a comprehensive exploration of the field through rigorous coursework and research. The curriculum includes the foundational course on Research Methodology, empowering students with the skills needed to conduct advanced legal research. Additionally, participants undertake a substantial 10,000-word Research Report, delving deep into the intricacies of environmental law. The program further encompasses four specialized courses within the field, ensuring a well-rounded education. Please note that course availability may vary each year, reflecting the evolving nature of environmental law.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the LLM in Environmental Law program, candidates must hold a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) with an average mark of 70 percent. Applicants with an LLB and an average mark between 65% and 70% may also be considered, contingent upon submission of a high-quality academic writing sample. This sample should showcase the applicant’s ability to perform legal research, exhibit high writing standards, conceptual thinking, proper referencing, and effective communication in writing. Admission is selective, limited to law graduates and legal professionals demonstrating a keen interest, aptitude, and commitment to advanced academic research.

For a detailed understanding of the admission process and requirements, applicants are encouraged to refer to the official School of Law guidelines. Meeting the specified requirements serves as a guide, but admission is not guaranteed, as entry to the program is limited. The School of Law reserves the right to request additional documentation, such as academic writing samples, to assess the applicant’s suitability for the program.

  • Environmental Law and Sustainability

The Fee For This Programme is 24430ZAR

Future Career Outcomes

Graduates of the LLM in Environmental Law program emerge as catalysts for positive change in the legal landscape. Equipped with a profound understanding of environmental legal principles, our alumni are positioned for impactful roles as environmental law practitioners, policymakers, and influencers. As the global focus on environmental sustainability intensifies, our graduates are poised to shape and navigate the evolving legal frameworks that underpin a sustainable future.

Visa Requirements:

For visa information, please visit South Africa page for student visa and student life.