U.S. students are selected for the J.D./Master of Laws (LL.M.) at the University of Pretoria on the basis of their academic record, experience and interest. Students spend the first two years studying at Cornell Law School, followed by one year at the Pretoria Faculty of Law. Upon successfully completing the program, students receive the Juris Doctor degree from Cornell Law School and the Master of Laws from Pretoria.
About the LL.M. at Pretoria
Pretoria offers over twenty-one specialized LL.M. programs. Examples of LL.M. programs include Human Rights, Corporate Law (ranked number one in Africa), International Law, International Trade and Investment Law, Environmental Law and more.
Admission to the Program
It is possible to apply at either of two points. First, one may apply in conjunction with the initial application to the Cornell J.D. program. Alternatively, or in addition (for those whose pre-law school application to the program was unsuccessful), following admission to Cornell Law School, one may apply during the Spring semester of the first year, in response to an invitation circulated to the first year class.
See the First Year Application Form.
First and Second Year Curriculum at Cornell Law School
Third Year Curriculum at Pretoria:
In the third year at Pretoria, students must students must complete three taught modules, as well as a module in Research Methodology, submit a research proposal and submit a mini-dissertation.The subject matters covered will depend on the specialization chosen.
Please see the LL.M. program descriptions here.
Cornell students may chose from the following available LL.M. specializations:
Following the award to the students of the LL.M., Cornell Law School will evaluate their performance and grant an additional 24 credits in advanced standing toward the Juris Doctor degree.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Applicants admitted by Cornell pay full Cornell tuition and fees during the first two years of study at Cornell, as well as during the third year at Pretoria. Students may continue to receive financial aid during the year in South Africa. Their package will reflect the expenses of living in Pretoria as opposed to Ithaca.
Program graduates have the necessary legal training to qualify for the bar examination in the United States, but further study and practice would be necessary to qualify as a lawyer in South Africa.It should be noted that graduates should expect to take the February bar examination in the U.S.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and
Executive Director, Clarke Center for International and Comparative Legal Studies
Director, Clarke Center for International and Comparative Legal Studies