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Continuing Education Programmes (CEP)

“Outstanding lawyers and a sound legal system are prerequisites of any civilized society. The legal system provides the rules within which the state’s administration, the business world, individuals and organizations, indeed the whole community operate. In any country in which the law reigns supreme, lawyers must apply legal rules and act as watch dogs to ensure that everyone adheres to the norms of society. Because the law plays an immense and far-reaching role, legal studies cover a wide and exiting field: the rules of the tough business world and the business entities operating within it, the protection of human rights, intimate family relationships, the prosecution of criminals and the conclusions of contracts, to name but a few.” These are the words of the former dean of the Faculty of Law, Prof LG Mpedi.

To enhance the skills of persons who are in a career the Faculty of Law presents a number of diploma and certificate programmes in specialized fields of legal practice. These short study programmes have been specifically developed to address the needs that have been identified in the work place. Dedicated commitment is required from persons who decide to embark on studies on a part-time basis and the Faculty of Law endeavours to support students where possible to make their studies a pleasurable and successful experience.

There is a variety of offerings available on a part time basis at the Faculty of Law. Please note that each programme has its own relevant admission requirements.


An application form can be obtained from the Faculty of Law: CEP Division.
Please attach a certified copy of your ID document/ passport and certified copies of your matric certificate and/or previous qualifications and CV (if relevant) to your application form.

Foreign applicants should note the relevant legislative requirements outlined further in this document.

Contact details

Ms P Pullen-Lalla

A-Ring 614
011 559 3739


Every programme has its relevant tuition fee and is available in the individual programme brochures online or from the Faculty of Law: CEP Division.

Other administrative fees (compulsory):
In addition to the tuition fees there are certain administrative fees that need to be paid, including a registration fee and ICT levy.
NB: Please contact the Faculty to obtain the correct admin fees for the current academic year.
*Official quotations may be obtained on request. Please contact Mr Isaac Moagi (CEP Finance Officer):

International students
International students pay an additional international levy. Please contact the CEP Finance Officer at +27 (0) 11 559 2037.

Foreign Applicants

Who is regarded as a foreigner in South Africa?
When a foreign person is accepted for studies in South Africa, such a person is referred to as an international student. An international student is not a South African resident or does not have permanent residency in South Africa.


As all these programmes are presented on a part-time basis a special permit is therefore not necessary in order to attend lectures.

Foreign qualifications

Applicants interested in applying to study any of our non-formal programmes and who have completed a foreign school leaving certificate or foreign post-school qualification should contact the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) for an evaluation.

Please include the SAQA evaluation when applying for a study programme.

SAQA Contact details (evaluation of foreign qualifications)
South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA)
Centre for the Evaluation of Educational Qualifications (CEEQ)
Postnet Suite 248, Private Bag X06
Waterkloof, Pretoria, SA, 0145

The University of Johannesburg’s Short Learning Programmes in Law are interactive and informative. Each Programme allows you to enhance your skills and apply it within your organisations.

Legal and business environments are evolving globally and changing market needs have placed further demands on organisations to enhance the skills of their employees to meet current demands.

Download a summary of all Law SLP’s:

Law Short Courses

New programmes


This practice-orientated programme aims to introduce the underlying principles and application of corporate insolvency law and covers the administration of insolvent estates as well as an update on recent case law and legislation. The course deals with, amongst other things, relevant legal principles applicable to insolvency and winding-up; interaction between old and new legislation as well as business rescue; impeachable transactions and executory contracts; insolvency meetings, interrogations and the proof of claims; liability of directors; regulation of insolvency practitioners and an overview of the impact of cryptocurrencies on insolvency law. Although the focus is on South African law, cross-border issues arising when a company’s assets and liabilities are located in multiple jurisdictions are also considered.

More information on the brochure below:

SLP Insolvency Law & Practice


For the first time on the African continent, the Faculty of Law at the University of Johannesburg
will be offering a short learning programme, Foundations of Animal Law. This is the first animal
law course (to our knowledge to be offered) in South Africa and Africa more generally. The
course will be held fully online and provide you with a convenient and accelerated opportunity
to learn about this exciting field. This programme will introduce you to the way in which the law
and policy intersects with animals and explore cutting-edge legal developments in this area. It
will provide an understanding of the main regulatory framework governing animal law in South
Africa and further analyse the gaps, realities and opportunities for providing greater protection
for nonhuman animals in law and policy.

More information on the brochure below:

SLP Animal Law


Given the financial turmoil caused by the COVID-19 lockdown and the downgrades by rating agencies, the number of businesses experiencing financial difficulties is set to increase dramatically. The demand for trained and experienced business rescue practitioners is thus likely to continue rising. The programme is also aimed at directors, lawyers, legal advisors, auditors, financial advisors, bankers, businesspersons, and trade union representatives. The short learning programme in business rescue is now offered in a fully online format.

The programme covers the scope and underlying principles of business rescue and thoroughly analyses the substantive law and procedure of the legal process. It also focuses on the practical implications of business rescue.

More information on the brochure below:

SLP Business Rescue


With the rapid ever-increasing demand to embrace the benefits of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and in order to standardise the challenges that these ICTs engender, this programme broches the intersection between the law and 4IR.

The programme addresses the many topical issues relating to the relevance of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to the Information or Knowledge Society.

More info on the course and steps on how to apply are outlined in the brochure below:

SLP Law Industry 4.0


Other career enhancing programmes

Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) Compliance

The following programmes form part of the Postgraduate Diploma Compliance:

– Money Laundering Control

– Compliance Management

– Board Governance

– Basic Interpretation of Theory

Each programme must be done separately as a so called stand alone course

2 years

Postgrad Diploma in Compliance

Modules must be applied for individually

Certificate Money Laundering6 months

Money Laundering Control

Certificate Compliance Management6 months

Compliance Management

Certificate Board Governance6 months

Board Governance

Certificate Basic Interpretation of Theory (exit module of PGD Compliance)6 monthsOnly offered as an exit module
Certificate in Legislative Drafting6 monthsLegislative Drafting upd * Not presented in 2021
Higher Certificate in Criminal Justice and Forensic Investigations1 year

Criminal Justice

Postgraduate Diploma International Taxation1 yearPG Dip Tax International upd
*Not presented in 2021
Postgraduate Diploma Tax Law2 yearsPostgraduate Diploma Tax Law
Postgraduate Diploma Drafting and Interpretation of Contracts1 year

Postgrad Drafting Interpretation

Advance Certificate in Labour Law1 yearPresented based on demand
National Diploma Law (Paralegal studies)3 years

Diploma in Law Paralegal Studies

Paralegal Bridging Programme 2 days

Paralegal Bridging Programme

Postgraduate Diploma in Labour Law1 year

Postgrad Diploma in Labour Law

  • Fees are subject to change
  • Please note that universities are in the process of bringing their qualifications in line with the new
  • Higher Education Qualification Framework and this may result in qualifications being renamed.
  • Certain programmes will only be presented where the demand so warrants the presentation thereof.


**Note: Online -Law and Industry 4IR will not be offered in 2022

The University of Johannesburg retains the right to change any information without prior notice.