|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.
THE PARALEGAL MAY BE FOUND:
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.
119508 Demonstrate an understanding of SA Law and the legal system with specific emphasis on Paralegalism
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 can be completed on a full time basis with classes from Monday to Thursday for 12 months.
The course is offered over one full year every Tuesday and Thursday evening or every Saturday morning.
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 judgement. 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 judgement
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
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.
This course looks at the relationship between an employer and employee. It covers the important aspects of various relevant legislation and introduces the student to the rights and obligations of both parties to an employment contract.
All courses run on a continuous registration cycle.
Exams are conducted at the end of each subject.
Our lecturers are experienced and qualified legal practitioners.
PRACTICAL FOR ALL STUDENTS
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:
Registration closing dates:
Now open. 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 (approximately every four weeks).
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 School’s Business Development Manager:
TEL 021-418 4356/57
or our Johannesburg office:
LEVEL 6 – OFFICE 280
Tel - 011 326 2516
The South African Law School is fully accredited by SASSETA under certificate number 071904000836