National Certificate: Paralegal Practice
The South African Law School, conveniently situated on Adderley Street 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 ICSA.
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
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;