Cliffe Dekker-Bofmeyr-bursary

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr awards a number of bursaries to law students which include the Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr bursaries for both undergraduate and postgraduate applicants and the Tim Mills Memorial bursaries exclusively for LLM applicants.

Both bursaries are considered based on applicants’ academic excellence, excellence in any other relevant fields and financial need. The bursary schemes cover university/tuition fees to a maximum total amount of R25 000 per student for the duration of the studies.

The Tim Mills Memorial Bursary for LLM students was founded in 2013, in memory of Tim Mills, who was a former director of Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. This bursary is awarded to applicants who wish to pursue an LLM degree at a South African university.

Bursary holders will be required to provide updated and complete academic progress reports, attend one of the Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr vacation programmes and agree to a right of first refusal with regard to articles of clerkship.

Bursary Requirements and Eligibility

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Bursary:

  • Citizen or a permanent resident of South Africa
  • Enrolled as a full-time student for an LLB degree at a South African university (at undergraduate or postgraduate level)

Tim Mills Memorial Bursary:

  • Citizen or a permanent resident of South Africa
  • Completion of an LLB degree at a South Africa University
  • Registered students for LLM studies at a South African University

How to Apply and Application Details

Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Bursary Application Process:

Applications must be done online by clicking here. You will be required to register an account before you can log in and apply.

Submit clear copies of the following supporting documentation along with your online application:

  • Cover/motivation letter
  • Detailed Curriculum vitae
  • Certified Copy of valid South African ID
  • Certified Grade 12 (matric) results
  • Certified University academic records

Tim Mills Memorial Bursary Application Process

  1. Download and complete the Tim Mills Memorial Bursary Application Form. (pdf)
  2. Accompany your application form with certified copies of the following documents:
    • Detailed curriculum vitae
    • Valid South African ID
    • Complete academic transcript
    • Degree Certificate (if applicable)
    • Grade 12 (matric) certificate
    • Detailed LLM studies proposal
    • LLM tuition fees statement
    • Reference letter
    • A cover letter that includes:
      • Things that matter to you
      • The quality of your application and the reason why you should be awarded the Tim Mills Memorial Bursary
      • Any other information that will highlight and give emphasis to your competence
  3. Send complete applications through either of the following methods:
    • JOHANNESBURG
      • Post: Private Bag X40, Benmore, 2010, South Africa
      • Fax: +27 (0)11 562 1111
      • Email: jhb@cdhlegal.com
    • CAPE TOWN
      • Post: PO Box 695, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
      • Fax: +27 (0)21 481 6388
      • Email: ctn@cdhlegal.com

Closing Date

 1 September 2025 

Contact Details

Johannesburg (Sandton)
Attention: Boipelo Mathodlana
Post: Private Bag X40 Benmore 2010
Email: apply4lawJHB@cdhlegal.com / Boipelo.Mathodlana@cdhlegal.com
Fax: +27 (0) 11 562 1111
Tel: +27 (0)11 562 1000

Cape Town
Attention: Claudine Primo
Post: PO Box 695 Cape Town 8000
Email: apply4lawCPT@cdhlegal.com / Claudine.Primo@cdhlegal.com
Fax: +27 (0)21 481 6507
Tel: +27 (0)21 481 6300


Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.