Compulsory Practical Vocational Training (PVT)

Please note the registration can only be done online – in the brochure on the second page under “How to register”- Step 1 “Click here to register”

What is the purpose of the compulsory course?

After a student obtains an LLB degree, one of the main requirements for admission as an legal practitioner is two years of service under a contract of articles of clerkship and attendance of a course approved by his/her statutory provincial law society. The LSSA’s Compulsory Practical Vocational Training for Candidate Legal Practitioners, which is made up of two modules, has been approved for this purpose.

Note on Practical Legal Training
If the prospective legal practitioner attends a full-time practical law school, he/she does not need to attend the Compulsory Practical Vocational Training for Candidate Legal Practitioners. For more information on the practical law school offered by the LSSA, please consult the LEAD website under School for Legal Practice.

What is the course’s learning objective?
The course is designed to supplement the training provided by law firms in the knowledge and skills required of a competent candidate legal practitioner.

Is the course a prerequisite to writing the Admission Examination?
No, it is not a prerequisite; however, LEAD recommends that candidate legal practitioner attend the course as soon as possible after commencing articles of clerkship and before attempting the Admission Examination. To assist candidate legal practitioners with preparation for the Admission Examination, the examination dates are taken into account when the course is presented. A candidate legal practitioner may complete the four papers of the examination in any sequence. Nonetheless, ideally the papers should be completed simultaneously (see rule 3(2) in the Government Gazette of 8/1/88).

Who can attend the course?
Registered candidate legal practitioners, during their terms of service under articles of clerkship or candidate legal practitioners after expiry of their service under articles of clerkship.  Please refer to Section 15(1)(b)(ivA) of Act 53 of 1979. Preference is given to candidate legal practitioners in their final year of articles.  Should a prospective student not satisfy the requirements to participate, he/she may submit a special motivation for attendance addressed to the Manager: Compulsory Practical Vocational Training for Candidate Legal Practitioners. This motivation can be submitted to the LEAD Course Coordinators.

Full time course
23 days split in two sessions over the year:
Module I and Module II are combined as of 2022. There will be a break in between the two modules to assist candidate legal practitioners with their preparation for all four papers of the Admission Examination. The candidates are given enough time in between the two modules to complete the online assessments.

Part-time course
(Modules I and II)
The part-time course will, as far as possible, be presented on one full day per week over a period of approximately five months.
Attendance of the part-time course assists candidate legal practitioners to prepare for all the papers of the Admission Examination
session held during the third quarter of 2022. (An exception is the Cape Town (II) (part-time) and Johannesburg (Evening 2) courses commencing in May 2022, which prepares candidates for the first quarter 2023 session of the Admission Examination).

The advantage of the part-time course is that candidate legal practitioners are not absent from the office for extended, continuous
periods. They also have time between sessions to apply the skills they have learnt, as well as to prepare for the next session. Below are the days of the week that the part-time course is presented, unless otherwise arranged.

• Pretoria – University of South Africa: Wednesdays
• Durban – University of KwaZulu-Natal: Thursdays
• Cape Town (I) – (part-time): Fridays
• Cape Town (II) – (part-time): Fridays
• Walter Sisulu University (part-time): Thursdays

Course coordinators
General e-mail:

Nomsa Sethosa: Manager
Tel: +27 (0)12 441-4600
Special Program (Module I and II)

Maria Mokwape: Senior Training
Tel: +27 (0)12 441 4623
Course centres:
• University of Pretoria (Eng 1 and 2)
• Johannesburg – University of the Witwatersrand (full-time)
• Johannesburg – University of the Witwatersrand (Evening 2)

Prudence Mabena: Training Coordinator
Tel: +27 (0)12 441 4624
Course centres:
• Cape Town (full-time)
• Cape Town (I) and (II) – Waalburg (part-time)

Dodo Dubazane: Training Coordinator
Tel: +27 (0)12 441 4647
Course centre:
• Pretoria – University of South Africa (part-time)
• Walter Sisulu University (part-time)
• Potchefstroom – University of North West (full-time)

Jackson Ndhlovu: Training Coordinator
Tel: +27 (0)12 441 4628
Course centres:
• Johannesburg – University of the Witwatersrand (Evening 1(A) and (B))
• Bloemfontein – University of the Free State (full-time 1 and 2)
• Pietermaritzburg – University of KwaZulu-Natal

Tamara Sihlangu: Course Coordinator
Tel: +27 (0)12 441 4673
Course centres:
• Port Elizabeth – Nelson Mandela University (full-time)
• Johannesburg – School for Legal Practice (full-time)
• Durban – University of KwaZulu-Natal (full-time)
• Durban – University of KwaZulu-Natal (part-time)

On what basis is the course presented?
The course is divided into two modules and can be presented on a full-time, part-time and evenings basis depending on the centre concerned. Please refer to the Course Schedule on page 4 of the brochure for details.

Attendance of certain subjects only
Candidate legal practitioners and other interested parties may enrol for certain subjects.

Certificate of attendance
A certificate of attendance is issued only if the attendance of each subject is satisfactory. These attendance reports must be retained by attendees for purposes of application for admission as an legal practitioner. Please refer to the “Code of Conduct and Satisfactory Attendance” in the brochure for more information.

Course material
Course attendees receive the following from LEAD some three weeks after the registration closing date:

  • confirmation of registration, daily programme and details of the venue;
  • instructions with regard to preparation;
  • documentation in support of the lectures, practical exercises, notes, forms, etc.

Should the attendee register late, the material will be available at the course centre.

Terms and Conditions of Registration – Read more …

Professional Examinations  Read more …

LEAD offers full-time, part-time and evening classes. Students who have registered for the above courses will be contacted by LEAD after the course’s closing date.

Course Dates

2022 Compulsory Practical Vocational Training brochure now available “click on the above “register for this course” to register

Note: Dates will be assessed and reviewed based on COVID-19 regulations

Bloemfontein 2 (Full Time Module I & II)

Pretoria (English 2) (Full Time Module I & II)

Walter Sisulu Part-time Module I & II)