The Rhodes University Law Clinic in collaboration with the South African Law School is offering the National Certificate: Paralegal Practice in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, on a part time basis.
The presentation of this certificate has been specifically designed to accommodate people in full time employ.
The Law Clinic staffs have over thirty five years of lecturing experience and have successfully presented this certificate before with a hundred percent pass rate.
Please not that this is a SASSETA accredited certificate.
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.
THE PARALEGAL MAY BE FOUND:
• In community based advice offices run by community organizations or NGO's
• Employed by a government department or a non-government organisation
• Working in Lab-our 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;
THE NATIONAL CERTIFICATE: PARALEGAL
The qualification is registered on the National Qualifications Framework at level 5 (NQF5). The South African Law School is FULLY accredited by SASSETA to provide training and to assess learners for this qualification.
119508 Demonstrate an understanding of SA Law and the legal system with specific emphasis on Para legalism
15093 Demonstrate insight into democracy as a form of governance and its implications for a diverse society
119505 Apply legal fundamental legal concepts, principles, theories and values within a paralegal sector
119509 Guide and refer clients in terms of legal enquiries
14505 Apply the principles of ethics and professionalism to a business environment
11994 Monitor, reflect and improve on your own performance
7865 Improve service to customers
8647 Apply workplace communication skills
13948 Negotiate an agreement or deal in an authentic work situation
119503 Demonstrate an understanding of procedure in courts and other fora
115855 Create, maintain and update record keeping systems
110531 Plan, organise and control day-to-day administration of an office support function
114738 Perform financial planning and control functions for a small business
115823 Gather and manage information for decision-making
8663 Plan and conduct a research project
116104 Use technology effectively in the practice of law
The course is offered over six months in four blocks consisting of one week each. Participants will be required to spend the full week attending classes and also, apart from the first block, writing exams during each block. The first block will be 21 to 25 July, second block 18 to 22 August
1 14 to 18 July
2 18 to 22 August
3 15 to 19 September
4 27 to 31 October
PRACTICAL FOR ALL STUDENTS
• Practical training done at Community Advise Office
• Visits to Civil & Criminal Magistrates Courts
• Visits to Divorce Courts
• Visits to Deeds Office
• Moot Court Preparations
• Drafting of Legal Documents
There are no formal requirements for admission to the programme. However, since a certain amount of mature language comprehension is required it is recommended that prospective students have completed grade 12 schooling (matric) or be at least 23 years of age or have at least 3 years working experience. Please feel free to discuss any concerns you may have in this regard with us.
Graduation is an important and exciting affair. These are the requirements for successful completion of the course:
• Assessment as "Competent" in each of the Qualification's Unit Standards
• At least 50% total result for each of the additional modules
• 75% attendance record
Registration closing dates:
Now open. Applications close on the 23 May 2014 and classes commence in July 2014. Application forms can be obtained from the Rhodes University Law Clinic using the contact details at the end of this document.
The full course fee is R11563.00 and various payment options are available. Full details of the course fee are available on the application form.
Course material is now available in an electronic format whereby course material will be uploaded onto a basic electronic reader. The course material will be inclusive of the course fees.
Please contact the Rhodes University Law Clinic's Projects Administrator: Nonzame Mpofu
TEL 046 622 9301
FAX 046 622 9312
41 NEW STREETS,
P.O. Box 702
Please contact the School's Business Development Manager:
TEL 021-418 4356/57
FAX 021-418 4363
1st FLOOR ANREITH CORNER,
HANS STRIJDOM AVENUE,
P.O. Box 163
The South African Law School is fully accredited by SASSETA under certificate number 071904000836