Lawyers are an essential part of society, they provide professional legal advice and represent their clients in civil and criminal litigation in the courtroom. Some lawyers even speak for the “voiceless”, with many lawyers doing pro bono cases to help people who cannot afford legal fees. Although Law requires a lot of dedication and commitment (both while you are studying and while on the job), there is no doubt that it is a very competitive, yet exciting and rewarding career choice.
Studying within the law faculty can lead the way to many different careers within the law profession – you may choose to become an attorney or advocate, or perhaps a jurist or a paralegal.
HOW TO OBTAIN A LAW QUALIFICATION
Be fluent in English (that means proficiency in writing, reading and speaking of the language) is a key component to studying Law, after all it is a very academic intensive course with lots of reading and interpreting of cases and technical legal books.
Before you can start practicing Law, you will need to have completed either of the following qualifications:
- A 4 year LLB degree OR
- A 3 year BCom or BA Law degree and then a further 2 year LLB degree.
Should you choose to study a BCom degree before your LLB, you will benefit by having a knowledge base about accounting, business and a general understanding of business and economics.
Law Bursaries are a bit scarce, but we have compiled a list of Law Bursaries you can apply for below:
LAW BURSARIES FOR 2020
1. Norton Rose Fulbright Scholarship
Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa has sponsored over R1.5 million to talented students. If you’re a South African student from a previously disadvantaged background studying towards a law qualification, you can apply for a Norton Rose Fulbright scholarship. Our scholarships are offered to students requiring financial assistance and in recognition of academic excellence.
Applications are welcome from the following categories of South African students from a previously disadvantaged background: BA, BCom Law, LLB undergraduate and all other law students who will be completing their penultimate or final year of law studies.
Applicants who are in the process of completing their undergraduate LLB degree and hoping to complete a Masters degree are encouraged to apply.
For more information on Norton Rose Fulbright, How to Apply/Deadline: Click here
And then click the “Apply Now” to apply.
2. LegalWise Bursary
LegalWise will be awarding bursaries to students who are LegalWise Members or children of LegalWise Members, and currently studying within one of the following fields: BA, BCom Law, LLB.The partial bursary is available to students from their 2nd year of study onwards, and cover the cost of tuition and registration fees (depending on the bursary budget) to maximum value of R40 000.
3. Bowmans Bursary
Bowmans is a Pan-African law firm with six offices in four African countries and more than 400 lawyers. The firm provides specialist legal services, both domestic and international, in the fields of corporate law, banking and finance law and dispute resolution. Its clients include corporates, multinationals and state-owned enterprises within various industry sectors, financial institutions and governments.
Bowmans awards full bursaries each year to help qualified students to pursue their studies in law. The bursary is open for students studying towards B.Com Law, BA Law or LLB.
THE CLOSING DATES
Click each bursary above to see specific closing dates of everyone of them. But if you still cannot find the dates you may need to contact the Bursaries directly by phone or email (details provided after clicking links above).