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Faculty : Faculty of Social Sciences

Program Name : Bachelor of Laws

BGCSE Points(or similar) : 45


Type : Under Graduate

No. of Semesters : 10

Description : BGCSE/equivalent obtained at one sitting with a minimum of grade C in English Language. Applicants possessing a Diploma in Law of this University with a minimum classification of a credit or equivalent qualification will be considered. Entry Requirements 1) The normal requirement for admission to the Bachelor of Laws degree programme shall be the Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) obtained at one sitting with a minimum of five credits, one of which shall be in English language, or an equivalent qualification. 2) An applicant in possession of a Diploma in Law from this University, obtained with a minimum classification of a credit, or an equivalent qualification shall also be eligible for admission to the LLB programme. 3) Subject to Academic General Regulation 00.4, a student admitted to the LLB programme with a Diploma in Law shall be exempted from taking Levels 100 and 200 courses on the LLB programme designated by the Departmental Board as equivalent to courses passed under the Diploma in Law Programme and shall be allocated comparable credits under the LLB programme for the exemptions. A student admitted to the LLB programme with a Diploma in Law will not normally be entitled to register for courses offered at levels 300, 400 and 500 of the LLB programme before completing and accumulating credits for levels 100 and 200 Core, Optional, Electives and General Education Courses. Award of Degree

A student shall be eligible for the award of the LLB degree upon completion of a minimum of 165 credits from the Core, Optional, Electives and GECs indicated in the programme structure.

Assessment 1. The following Special Regulations shall supplement Academic General Regulations and Faculty of Social Sciences Regulations on assessment and grading of law courses on the LLB programme. 2. Except for courses LAW135, Law and Social Research Methods; LAW433, Clinical Legal Education I; LAW436, Clinical Legal Education II; LAW531, Clinical Legal Education III; LAW535, Research Paper; and LAW536, International Moot, each Core and Optional course on the LLB programme shall be assessed through continuous assessment and a formal written examination taken at or before the end of the semester. Continuous Assessment 1. Continuous assessment shall consist of at least two or more of the following pieces of work: written assignments, written tests, oral tests, mock trials, moots, class or seminar exercises, practicals, projects, research exercises or independent study. 2. Except for the courses LAW135, Law and Social Research Methods; LAW433, Clinical Legal Education I; LAW436, Clinical Legal Education II; LAW531, Clinical Legal Education III; LAW535, Research Paper; and LAW536, International Moot, the ratio between continuous assessment and the formal examination in law courses shall be 2:3. 3. Law and Social Research Methods, LAW135, Law and Social Research Methods, shall be assessed through at least two or more pieces of continuous assessment work. Each piece of continuous assessment work shall be marked and shall contribute towards the final mark of 100 percent for the course. 4. Clinical Legal Education Courses I to III shall be assessed as follows:
a) LAW 433 Clinical Legal Education I
1. Participation in seminars and written assignments - 30% 2. Oral examination on work performed in the Legal Clinic - 20% 3. End of semester examination - 50% Total 100%
b) LAW 436 Clinical Legal Education II
1. Oral Examination on work performed in the Legal Clinic - 40% 2. Moot/Mock trial documents and performance - 60% Total 100%
c) LAW 531 Clinical Legal Education III
1. Internship Report - 30% 2. Moot/mock trial documents and performance - 50% 3. Oral examination on work performed in the Legal Clinic - 20% Total 100% International Moot The Course Law536, International Moot, shall be assessed as follows: 1. Documents prepared for the Moot - 60% 2. Advocacy skills in the Moot - 40% Total 100% Research Paper

The final version of the research paper in course LAW535 shall be submitted for examination by the relevant date and marked out of 100 per cent. A student who fails to submit the research paper for examination by the relevant date shall be awarded an incomplete Grade (I) in accordance with Academic General Regulation 00.844. Delay and Failure to Submit Continuous Assessment Work Subject to Special Departmental Regulations 3.6.4 and 3.65, failure without good cause to submit continuous assessment work within twenty-four hours of the due date shall carry a penalty of 5 percentage marks. Failure to submit the work within forty-eight hours of the due date shall carry a penalty of 50 percentage marks. Failure to submit the work within one week from the due date shall incur a zero mark.

Formal Examinations

Formal written examinations for Core and Optional law courses on the LLB programme shall be of the type and for the duration approved by the Departmental Board and indicated in the course outline or at the beginning of each course.

Service Courses

Subject to optimal student demand and the availability of staff and other resources, the Department of Law shall offer the following courses at levels 100 to 600 to students not registered for law programmes.

Level 100 GEC277 Law and society in Botswana (2 sem 1 or 2) LAW151 Law and social work (4 sem 1) Level 200 LAW251 Foundations of Business Law (3, Sem 1) LAW252 Specific Business Transactions (4, Sem 2) LAW253 Foundations of Engineering Law (3, Sem 2) Level 300 LAW351 Introduction to Company Law (4, Sem 1) LAW353 Planning and Environmental Law (3, Sem 1 or 2) Level 400 LAW452 Construction Law (3, Sem 1 or 2) LAW453 Labour and Industrial Property Law (3, Sem 1 or 2)

Courses involved :

Semester 1

Core Courses

  INTRO TO COMMN & ACADEMIC LITERACY(SOC. SCI.) Credits : 3
  COMPUTER SKILLS FUNDAMENTALS I Credits : 2
  INTRODUCTION TO LAW Credits : 3
  COMPARATIVE LEGAL HISTORY AND SYSTEMS Credits : 3
  LAW OF PERSONS Credits : 3

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 1.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 1.

Semester 2

Core Courses

  ACADEMIC & PROFESSIONAL COMMN(SOCIAL SCIENCE) Credits : 3
  COMPUTER SKILLS FUNDAMENTALS 2 INFORMATION SKILLS 11 Credits : 2
  CUSTOMARY LAW Credits : 3
  FAMILY LAW Credits : 3
  LAW AND SOCIAL RESEARCH METHODS Credits : 2

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 2.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 2.

Semester 3

Core Courses

  CRIMINAL LAW, GENERAL PRINCIPLES Credits : 3
  DELICT, GENERAL PRINCIPLES Credits : 3
  CONTRACT LAW Credits : 4
  CONSTITUTIONAL LAW Credits : 3

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 3.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 3.

Semester 4

Core Courses

  INTRODUCTION TO PROPERTY LAW Credits : 3
  SPECIFIC OFFENCES IN CRIMINAL LAW Credits : 3
  SPECIFIC DELICTS Credits : 3
  ADMINISTRATIVE LAW Credits : 3

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 4.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 4.

Semester 5

Core Courses

  EVIDENCE Credits : 4
  CIVIL PROCEDURE AND PRACTICE Credits : 4
  LAND AND MINERAL RESOURCES LAW Credits : 3
  CRIMINAL PROCEDURE Credits : 3
  EMPLOYMENT LAW Credits : 3

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 5.

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 5.

Semester 6

Core Courses

  SUCCESSION AND ADMINISTRATION OF ESTATES Credits : 2
  LAW AND THE ENVIRONMENT Credits : 3
  LABOUR RELATIONS LAW Credits : 3
  NEGOTIABLE INSTRUMENTS AND BANKING LAW Credits : 3
  SALE, LEASE AND CREDIT AGREEMENTS Credits : 3

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 6.

Elective Courses

  INSURANCE AND AGENCY LAW Credits : 3
  TAX LAW IN BOTSWANA Credits : 3
  INSOLVENCY AND SECURED TRANSACTIONS Credits : 3

Semester 7

Core Courses

  LAW OF BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS I Credits : 3
  CLINICAL LEGAL EDUCATION I Credits : 4
  JURISPRUDENCE Credits : 4
  PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW I Credits : 3

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 7.

Elective Courses

  SOCIAL SECURITY LAW Credits : 3
  ETHICS AND LAW IN HEALTH CARE Credits : 3
  LAW AND THE MEDIA Credits : 3
  GENDER AND THE LAW Credits : 3

Semester 8

Core Courses

  LAW OF BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS II Credits : 3
  HUMAN RIGHTS LAW Credits : 3
  CLINIAL LEGAL EDUCATION II Credits : 4
  PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW II Credits : 3

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 8.

Elective Courses

  SOCIAL SECURITY LAW Credits : 3
  ETHICS AND LAW IN HEALTH CARE Credits : 3
  LAW AND THE MEDIA Credits : 3
  GENDER AND THE LAW Credits : 3

Semester 9

Core Courses

  CLINICAL LEGAL EDUCATION III Credits : 4
  CONVEYANCING PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE Credits : 4
  RESEARCH PAPER Credits : 3

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 9.

Elective Courses

  INTERNATIONAL MOOT Credits : 3
  PRIVATE INTERNATIONAL LAW I Credits : 3
  INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS Credits : 3
  INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS Credits : 3
  INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I Credits : 3

Semester 10

Core Courses

  ACCOUNTING FOR LAWYERS Credits : 4
  INTRODUCTION TO NOTARIAL PRACTICE Credits : 4

Optional Courses

    No Optional courses present in this Program for Semester 10.

Elective Courses

  INTERNATIONAL MOOT Credits : 3
  INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS Credits : 3
  INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TRANSACTIONS Credits : 3
  INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW II Credits : 3
  INTERNATIONAL TRADE LAW Credits : 3
  PRIVATE INTERNATIONAL LAW II Credits : 3
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