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Empowering financial planners with the law

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Demand for personal financial planners is growing, and the University of the Free State’s LL.M in Financial Planning Law prepares you to excel in the profession. Financial planning is a valued profession that empowers people to make informed financial decisions for themselves and their families. Financial planners recommend the courses of action and financial products that will be most beneficial to their clients, who may be individuals or organisations. Financial planners understand their clients’ life situations in-depth and advise on topics such as risk management, investment planning, estate planning and retirement planning.

The School for Financial Planning Law (SFPL) in the Faculty of Law of the University of the Free State prides itself on its qualities of excellence and integrity in providing holistic financial planning education since 2001. The school is educating financial planners who are theoretically and practically trained to meet the unique needs of each client.

The Master’s in Financial Planning Law (LL.M in Financial Planning Law) provides the high-level knowledge and skills required of the modern financial planner to advance their career. This includes the practice and theory of personal financial planning law topics such as estate planning, personal risk management, trust law or law of succession. You will learn to apply practical concepts in the field of personal financial planning. The LL.M in Financial Planning Law will place you a notch above other planners and will give you a higher level of quality knowledge to better serve clients.

This degree is designed for both those who are starting out in the financial planning industry and those who are well established in this broad and rapidly-growing field. As this degree is offered on a Master’s level, foundation knowledge and experience in the financial planning industry are strongly recommended as this degree offers an advanced level of knowledge and skills in personal financial planning law.

The programme is structured to comprise of theoretical modules and a substantial research component.

The LL.M in Financial Planning Law offers a flexible study mode with contact sessions that are done online via the online learning management system (Blackboard). Study material and assessments will also be made available on Blackboard to assist the student in the writing of the research essay. The research essay (LFPL7900) must be a maximum of 25 000 words and of a publishable standard.

A student has a maximum of two years to complete the degree.

Admission requirements

  • Candidates must be in possession of a LL.B. degree or an equivalent four-year law degree and must have obtained an average of at least 60% in the undergraduate programme.
  • If the candidate does not hold an LL.B degree, but holds the Postgraduate- and Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Planning from the University of the Free State with an average of 60% in both qualifications, the student can enrol in the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) programme for one year (where the student will have to prove at least five years’ experience in the financial planning industry, pass the “Test for Academic Literacy for Postgraduate Students”, and pass an essay of 10 to 15 pages on a financial planning law topic). After successful completing of the RPL programme, the student may apply for admission to the LL.M in Financial Planning Law. 
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