National Certificate: Paralegal Practice (Grahamstown)

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.

PARALEGAL

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.

COURSE COMPONENTS:

Unit Standards:

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

PART TIME

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

Block Dates
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

APPLICATION

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

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.

Costs:

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:

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.

Contact Details:

Please contact the Rhodes University Law Clinic's Projects Administrator: Nonzame Mpofu

TEL 046 622 9301
FAX 046 622 9312
Physical address:
41 NEW STREETS,
GRAHAMSTOWN
6139

Postal address:
P.O. Box 702
GRAHAMSTOWN
6140

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Please contact the School's Business Development Manager:

TEL 021-418 4356/57
FAX 021-418 4363
Physical address:
1st FLOOR ANREITH CORNER,
HANS STRIJDOM AVENUE,
CAPE TOWN
Postal address:
P.O. Box 163
Cape Town
8000
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The South African Law School is fully accredited by SASSETA under certificate number 071904000836

2015 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.

PARALEGAL

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 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
  • Self-employed as a Paralegal Practitioner or Legal consultant
  • Employed in a banking, insurance or other corporate environment
  • The Minister of Police has recently indicated the South African Police Services will be looking to employ Paralegals to assist in police stations throughout the country.

 

    • 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. The South African Law School offers a unique programme which includes additional legal content modules in order to ensure that our graduates receive a fully integrated qualification. As far as we are aware we are the only Training Provider that has carefully formulated a comprehensive training programme which combines the qualification's unit standards with our own additional modules.

Compulsory: All students must complete Formal Practical Training as well as Practical Assessment Tasks as required by SASSETA

The South African Law School also assist with job placements.

MODULE Component Unit standards
Module 1
Legal Principles
119508 Demonstrate an understanding of SA Law and the legal system with specific emphasis on Paralegalism
119503 Demonstrate an understanding of procedure in courts & other fora
15093 Demonstrate insight into democracy as a form of governance and its implications for a diverse society
119505 Apply fundamental legal concepts, principles, theories and values within a paralegal sector
Module 2
Business Principles
14505 Apply the principles of ethics and professionalism to a business environment
7865 Improve Service to customers
8647 Apply workplace communication skills
119509 Guide & refer clients in terms of legal enquiries
13948 Negotiate an agreement or deal in a work situation
11994 Monitor, reflect & improve on your own performance

Module 3
Office admin

115855 Create, maintain & update record keeping systems
110531 Plan, organise and control day-to-day administration of an office support function

Module 4
Finance & IT

114738 Perform financial planning & control functions for a small business
116104 Use technology effectively in the practice of law

Module 5
Research

115823 Gather & manage info for decision-making
8663 Plan and conduct a research project

Additional modules:

  • Debt Collecting and Civil Litigation
  • Legal Writing
  • Family Law and Divorce
  • Family Court Practice
  • Labour Law
  • Property Law
  • Wills & Estates

FULL TIME

The course can be completed within 1 year as follows:
6 months theory and 6 months practical - includes ongoing assessments.

PART TIME

Available as follows:

Evening: every Tuesday and Thursday evening (depending on availability) or
Saturday: every Saturday morning.
Includes ongoing assessments and practical tasks & workplace assessments

AN OVERVIEW OF THE ADDITIONAL MODULES:

Debt Collecting and Civil Litigation

The course focuses on legal procedures for the recovery of debts, including the drafting of summonses, letters of demand and obtaining judgment. Also looked at are warrants of execution, Garnishee orders and Emolument Attachment orders, Section 57,58,65 proceedings, prescription and forms of security as well as the basic procedures in pre-trial preparation of documents (pleadings) and use of precedents in litigation. The rules of both Magistrates' and High Courts will be studied from the beginning of the process through to the trial and execution of judgment. The Consumer Protection Act and Debt Collectors Act are also presented.

Legal Writing

The process of Legal Writing often involves re-thinking and re-drafting. The drafting of legal documents is a skill that requires the use of language. Everyday language is not sufficient to achieve the objects required. This demands the careful choice of words, the use of accurate and appropriate phrase and well constructed sentences and paragraphs. This is a short, intensive and comprehensive course designed to empower its students with the tools to construct suitable legal documents including letters, pleadings and debt collecting documents.

Family Law and Divorce

This course looks at the engagement, breach of promise and the conclusion of a legal marriage. It also examines the consequences of marriages in and out of community of property, the accrual system and the ante-nuptial contract. Grounds of divorce and divorce procedures are studied as are the consequences of divorce including maintenance, custody and child guardianship. The provisions of new Child Care Act are also studied, as well as recent changes to no civil marriages.

Family Court Practice

This course provides students who have completed the Family Law & Divorce Course with further and more detailed comprehension of Family Law issues including a deeper understanding and grasp of the Maintenance Act, Domestic Violence, and custody and child guardianship.

Labour Law

This course looks at the relationship between an employer and employee. It covers the important aspects of various relevant legislations and introduces the student to the rights and obligations of both parties to an employment contract. New developments with the Labour Relations Amendment Bill and Basic Conditions of Employment Bill are analysed.

Wills & Estates

A highly valuable and comprehensive short course on the administration of deceased estates This course covers testate succession including an examination of Wills and Codicils, the drafting of Wills and Codicils, the formalities required during the execution of Wills; and revocation of Wills. Principles of Intestate Succession are taught including applicability of the Intestate Succession Act, competent heirs, and distribution per stirpes and per capita. The Master's role and the Executor's duties are covered and most importantly the entire administration procedure is taught.

OUR LECTURERES ARE EXPERIENCED AND QUALIED LEGAL PRACTITOINERS

PRACTICALS FOR FULL TIME & PART TIME STUDENTS

  • Visits to Civil & Criminal Magistrates Courts
  • Visits to Divorce Courts
  • Advice office
  • Moot Court Preparations
  • Drafting of Legal Documents
  • Work place exposure

APPLICATION

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 (without a grade 12/matric qualification). Please feel free to discuss any concerns you may have in this regard with us.

GRADUATION

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
  • Completion of 21 Assignments and workplace experience

Course Material:

Learners are not required to purchase any text books in order to complete the course; however the School does recommend the purchase of the Black Sash Paralegal Manual as a valuable tool, after completion of the course.

Course material is in electronic format inclusive in tuition fees.

Registration closing dates:

We operate on a rolling admissions system; this means you may enter the training at any point during the year when a new module commences.

SAQA ID 49597

The South African Law School is fully accredited by SASSETA under the certificate number 071904000836

For more information and assistance with application forms please contact our Student Enrolment Officer by phone or email as stipulated below:

Cape Town Campus: Johannesburg Campus: Durban Campus:

Physical address:
1st FLOOR ANREITH CORNER,
HANS STRIJDOM AVENUE,
CAPE TOWN
Postal address:
P.O. Box 163
Cape Town
8000

Physical address:
Level 6, Office 280
RANDBURGSQUARE
HILL ROAD
FERNDALE
RANDBURG
2194

Physical address:
MEZZANINE FLOOR
343 ANTON LEMBEDE ROAD,
PERM BUILDING,
DURBAN
4000

Tel: 0861 111 556
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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.

Duration

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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