How to Become a Lawyer in Botswana

A person who is a citizen of Botswana shall be qualified to be admitted as a legal practitioner if he satisfies the court that: (a) s/he is a fit and proper person; (b) s/he has obtained an LLB from the University of Botswana, University of Lesotho, University of Swaziland or another a recognized university.


Apply In-Person

  1. To register as a lawyer the application shall be filed at the Registrar’s office at the High Court. Botswana Courts Office Location & Contact Details
  2. Any person who holds the requisite qualifications as mentioned under the “Eligibility” section of this page may apply to the court by petition in writing to be admitted and enrolled as a legal practitioner in the capacity mentioned in the application.
  3. Every application shall be accompanied by documentary proof of the possession by the applicant of the qualifications prescribed in the “Required Documents” section of this page.
  4. A copy of every application, together with copies of supporting affidavits and certificates shall be served upon the Attorney-General and the Botswana Law Society not less than 28 days before the hearing of the application, and such service may be effected personally or by registered post.
  5. Provided that the Attorney-General or the Botswana Law Society may, after consulting each other, accept service for a lesser period and, if they agree to do so, then, the Attorney-General shall notify the Registrar in writing thereof.
  6. The Attorney-General, the Botswana Law Society, or any legal practitioner may request the leave of the court to appear as amicus curiae to oppose the granting of such application.
  7. The court may if it is satisfied that a person who has applied for the enrolment/registration possesses the prescribed qualifications to be admitted and enrolled as a legal practitioner, admit and, enroll him/her as an advocate or attorney as the case may be.
  8. The applicant will then have to take an oath or affirmation of office, before the Registrar as outlined in Form A, and then be issued with a certified certificate of admission and enrolment, upon payment of the prescribed fee of BWP 100.00.

Note: Any registered/enrolled legal practitioner who intends to practice law in Botswana shall apply to the Registrar for a practicing certificate.

Required Documents

  • The academic certificate(s) – certified and interpreted where applicable
  • Certified copy of academic transcripts
  • Valid applicable Identification document (Certified copy of Passport (bio-data page) or certified copy of Omang)
  • current passport-size photos
  • Provide proof of membership in a professional association (where applicable).
  • Entry and work permits for non-citizens.
  • Any other additional document information, as may be requested by the Authority.

Office Locations & Contacts

High Court – Francistown
The Registrar’s Office
Private Bag F13
Tel: (+267) 2412125
Fax: (+267) 2416378

High Court – Gaborone
The Registrar’s Office
Address: Central Business District
Private Bag 00220
Tel: (+267) 3718000
Fax: (+267) 3915119

High Court – Lobatse
The Registrar’s Office
Private Bag 001
Tel: (+267) 5338000
Fax: (+267) 5332317
Toll-free Number: High Court- Gaborone 0800 601 027
High Court- Francistown 0800 600 947

How long does it take to become a lawyer in Botswana?

The normal duration for the LLB degree programme shall be ten (10) semesters on a full-time basis.

Where can I study law in Botswana?

In partnership with Gaborone University College of Law and Professional Studies (GUC), Leeds Law School is delivering the LLB (Hons) Bachelor’s degree programme to students in Botswana.

How much is a lawyer paid in Botswana?

BWP 249,999 per year

The estimated total pay for an Attorney in the Republic of Botswana is BWP 249,999 per year.

Is law marketable in Botswana?

Yes if you utilize your opportunities, U will have a lot of them. A degree in law is offered on a full-time basis and it’s one of the internationally revered courses. It’s one of the very best, because of its diversity, prestige and many opportunities!