National Certificate: Paralegal Practice

National Certificate: Paralegal Practice

The South African Law School, conveniently situated on Hans Strijdom Avenue in Cape Town, was established in 1996. The school provides specialised training for legal support staff of professional practices, financial institutions, corporations and those wanting to embark upon a legal career. Certain courses conducted by the school also appeal to the self-employed businessperson or owners of small to medium companies.

The South African Law School is accredited by SASSETA and CSSA.


The National Paralegal Institute identifies a Paralegal as a person who is qualified by education, training or work experience to perform legal, social welfare or related work, which requires a basic knowledge of the law.


  • In community based advice offices run by community organisations or NGO’s
  •  Employed by a government department or a non-government organisation
  •  Working in Labour Law consultancies or for trade unions
  •  Employed by a Legal Practitioner or Legal Firm
  •   Employed in a banking, insurance or other corporate environment


Paralegals should be able to communicate effectively, orally and in writing;

Assisting people to comply with administrative requirements such as the completion of official forms;

Understand fundamental legal concepts

Provide basic legal advice

Understand the circumstances in which it is appropriate to refer matters to a Legal Practitioner;

Advise and educate members of communities on Human Rights issues;


CSSA Professional Qualification

The CSSA course of study prepares candidates for Chartered Secretaryship. It is a tough and rigorous course, in keeping with the intense demands made on the Chartered Secretary in his or her chosen specialised field, whether it be a Company Secretary, Accountant, Accounting Officer, Administrator or Manager.

CSSAThe South African Law School was established in 1996 and is an accredited training provider specialising in legal education and training.

The School has been accredited by the Institute of Chartered Secretaries of Southern Africa (CSSA) to provide training for the CSSA Programmes. (formerly CIS)

The School will offer CSSA 1 on a full-time and part-time basis. CSSA 2 & 3 will be offered on a part-time basis only

Deceased Estates

Administration of deceased estates

The South African Law School's course in the Administration of Deceased Estates is a short certificate course aimed at preparing Candidate Attorneys, Attorneys, Executors, Administrators and Trust Officers in the highly regulated and lucrative field of Estate Planning and the Administration of Deceased Estates.


14 Saturdays

For more details about this course, see the Documents section, or contact us on 021 418 4355 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Customised Corporate Training

The South African Law School is able to design and facilitate training according to the requirements of any law firm, company or organisation.

In this regard the School has previously conducted Legal Writing training for various businesses, Debt Collecting training for the employees of the Government of Botswana; and Deceased Estates training for the employees of the Government of Lesotho.

Please contact the School’s Business Development Manager to discuss your requirements.

CIS qualification

cis_atp_logo.jpgThe South African Law School has been accredited by ICSA (Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators Southern Africa) to provide training for the CIS programme – commencing in 2009.

The CIS qualification is an internationally recognised qualification which leads to highly rewarding management careers as a Company Secretary, Accounting Officer, or Corporate Administrator.

For more information on the CIS course please click the following link:

CIS Programme 1 course.

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