This is a practical law school offered jointly between the LSSA and University of South Africa (UNISA) on a distance-learning basis. It is an intensive, postgraduate vocational course and students have the flexibility of studying at their own time. Alternatively, students can attend one of the School’s nine residential centres situated around the country.
OBJECTIVE OF THE SCHOOL
The objective is to provide law graduates who may have irregular work schedules with the opportunity to acquire and develop practical legal skills to become effective practitioners.
DURATION OF THE DISTANCE LEARNING COURSE
The distance-learning course runs from January to December each year.
NATURE OF STUDY
The high-quality course uses an e-learning platform designed to make learning more accessible and interactive. There are four study modules and the curriculum comprises LEAD and UNISA tutorial letters, assignments, tutorials with attorneys and skills assessments. In addition, each student must do approximately 130 hours of compulsory training at one of the existing School centres (day or night, whichever is more appropriate). The medium of instruction is primarily English.
CONTENT OF MODULES
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS AND SELECTION
- An applicant must be in possession of an LLB degree or be due to be awarded the degree before the start of the course. Applicants with a BProc degree awarded not later than 31 December 2004 will also be considered.
- A selection committee will consider the applications and consideration will be given to an applicant’s academic record.
Legal Practice Bill, 2012
Transitional provisions relating to qualifications in the Legal Practice Bill, 2012, state that the training course presented at a Practical Legal Training School of the Law Society of South Africa; or any other training course approved by any existing society before the date referred to in s 119(4) for the purpose of training persons to qualify as legal practitioners, must be regarded as having been presented or approved pursuant to the regulations pertaining to practical vocational training.
Parma Govender Tel: (012) 441 4600; Fax: (012) 341 1269; E-mail: LSSAUNISA@LSSA.org.za
Dorcas Hamido Tel: (012) 441-4662; E-mail: LSSAUNISA@LSSA.org.za
Dilshaad Gani - Director