Faculty of Law introduces new qualification: Master of Laws in Competition Regulation

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The UFH Nelson R Mandela School of Law is proud to introduce a ground-breaking qualification - a Master of Laws in Competition Regulation. 

This LLM Degree is a new flagship coursework degree offered by the Faculty of Law. The first student intake for this unique inter-disciplinary degree will be in the 2021 academic year. 
 
This is the second new qualification to be offered by the university in 2021. Earlier this week we shared the exciting news of the introduction of a Bachelor of Nursing and Midwifery Degree by the Faculty of Health Sciences.
 
According to Prof Patrick Osode, Head of the Mercantile Law Department, the initiator and university’s partner on the project is The Competition Commission South Africa. “The process of getting the programme approved by the Department of Higher Education and Training, accredited by the Council of Higher Education and registered with the South African Qualifications Authority took us four years. That’s a bit too long but we are glad to have received the all-, clear to finally commence the programme,” said an upbeat Prof Osode.
 
The qualification is the perfect post LLB programme for Law graduates who wish to specialise in the exciting field of Competition Regulation. It will broaden and deepen their knowledge of the underlying law, policy and economics, in addition to further developing their research skills.
 
STRUCTURE OF THE PROGRAMME 
 
The degree will encourage independent learning and critical thinking as well as robust engagement with the socioeconomic policy rationales, ethics and values that are at the core of the development and enforcement of competition regulation.
 
It will seek to attract legal representatives (lawyers) already working in the competition regulation/compliance industry as well as recent law graduates wishing to position themselves for practice within that industry. 
 
The LLM Competition Regulation degree will be taught over a period of one academic year of full-time study (or two years part-time). Each module is offered in one semester and various forms of assessment will be utilised including formal examinations. In addition to the taught modules which constitute the coursework component, all students must complete a research mini-dissertation over the course of the academic year on an approved topic.
 
One of the features that set this programme apart from its national and international peers is the economics component of the curriculum. In addition to three taught law modules, students must register for and pass two economics modules - one of which is compulsory.
 
Module names,  credits and Nature of module:
Economics for Competition Regulation:  20 credits  Compulsory (Core Module)
 
Advanced Competition Law & Policy:  20 credits  Compulsory (Core Module) Competition Regulation Enforcement & Procedure: 20 credits Compulsorym(Core Module)
International & Comparative Competition Law 25 Compulsory (Core Module) Mini-dissertation 90 Compulsory (Core Module)
 
Students choose one elective module from the following:
 
Competition and the use of tenders and auctions:  8 credits (Elective) 
 
Innovation and intellectual property: 8 credits  (Elective)
 
Financial sector regulation and development: 8 credits (Elective)
 
KEY PROGRAMME OUTCOMES 
 
Upon successful completion of this programme, students should be able to do the following: 
 
• Clearly identify and competently apply the rules, principles and values of Competition Law in solving real-world problems. 
 
• Develop and apply advanced knowledge of the economic and socio-political theories and rationales central to the legal regulation of anti-competitive behaviour. 
 
• Evaluate and monitor, through research and enquiry, national and international developments in the field of competition policy, law and industry regulation.
 
• Demonstrate advanced knowledge and appreciation of the challenges and dangers posed by widespread noncompliance with Competition Law-related rules and values from multiple stakeholder perspectives. 
 
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS 
 
Applicants must be in possession of the LLB (bachelor of laws) degree or equivalent 4-year law degree (B Proc) qualification. NB: A limited number of financial aid bursaries might be available based on merit and need. The number of available spaces is limited. Interested applicants should contact Mrs T Malima at: Tel: 043 704 7539 / email: tmalima@ufh.ac.za