Oscar Pistorius has ‘enrolled at LSE for a law degree’

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By Thomas Connelly on

Convicted murderer’s bail affidavit says he is doing business with law at the London School of Economics


Oscar Pistorius is a law student.

A copy of the disgraced Paralympian and Olympian’s bail affidavit says that he has enrolled on a business and law degree at the London School of Economics.

Pistorius, who was granted bail this morning after judges altered his manslaughter conviction to murder last week, claimed on page three of his lengthy affidavit that he was currently studying law “by way of correspondence”.

Tweeting earlier today, South African legal affairs journalist Karyn Maughan posted an extract of the document in which Pistorius reveals he has “enrolled at the London School of Economics for a B.Sc business with law degree”.

Legal Cheek understands the course is technically run by the University of London with LSE providing “academic direction” for the international programme.

The former Paralympian, who also competed in the 2012 London Olympics, will sit exams — from prison — between between May and June, and will cover legal subjects such as contract law, commercial law and company law.

Fees for the course — which Legal Cheek understands is officially called ‘Management with Law’ — are around £4,000, and students have the option to attend LSE’s summer school in London, a perk which Pistorius may miss out on.


Legal Cheek contacted the University of London to clarify the situation. A spokesperson said:

The University of London is unable to disclose information to third parties without the written consent of the student in question. We are therefore unable to confirm or deny any of the information you have requested.

LSE also remained tight-lipped on Pistorius’ student status, with a spokesperson telling Legal Cheek:

LSE cannot release any personal information about current students. However we can confirm that the School does not offer correspondence degrees and does not offer a BSc in Business with Law.

As mentioned above, we think Pistorius is on the University of London ‘Management with Law’ degree that is under LSE’s “academic direction”.

With Pistorius not deemed a flight risk, bail has been set at 10,000 rand (£450). The sentencing hearing for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, is due to be held on 18 April next year.