LSSA-UNISA Distance Learning School for Legal Practice

School dates

Intake 1: 06/01/2021 – 23/07/2021 | Closing date for applications: 16 October 2020
Intake 2: 07/06/2021 – 06/12/2021 |Closing date for applications: 12 February 2021


Dorcas Kanyuchi
Tel: 012 441 4662
Switchboard: 012 441 4600 Fax: 0862146569

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About the LSSA-UNISA School

About the LSSA-UNISA School

The School started offering the Practical Vocational Training (PVT) in the year 2004. It offers practice orientated training to law graduates under the Learning, Education And Development ( LEAD) divisIon of the Law Society of South Africa (the LSSA).

As a distance-learning school it offers the practical vocational training jointly with the University of South Africa (UNISA). It achieves this by making use of video conference facilities that UNISA avails to it free of charge. The School remains open for students who could not be accepted to the attendance the (LEAD) schools due to them being fully subscribed to their fixed maximum intake number.

The LSSA-UNISA Distance Learning School offers students a six (6) months(semester) distance practical vocational training course. There are accordingly two semester PVT courses in every year. The first starts in January and the second , in June of every year.

LLB law graduates who successfully complete the PVT course qualify for one year’s credit for their practical vocational training contract period (articles) as candidate attorneys.
Places for students who wish to register PVT at the School are generally, and unlike at the LEAD Schools, not limited. However, every application for such a place of training is subject to preliminary provisional acceptance. Therefore, the form is only an application form and acceptance is not guaranteed.

Objective of the course

To provide law graduates with the opportunity to acquire and develop practical legal skills to become effective legal practitioners. Training is provided by practicing legal practitioners, and the School make every attempt possible to employ legal practitioners who are experts and or specialists in the field(s) of the modules or course that they will present or lecture in.

The School achieves this objective without placing on its students the responsibility of attending classes every day during the week (for the day school) nor during the evening (for the night school). The LSSA-UNISA Distance School therefore accommodates that category of students who for various reasons cannot afford to enrol at attendance (LEAD) schools during the day or in the evening. It is primarily a compliance school-and not an attendance school.

The primary benefit of attending the course is that law graduates gain a full spectrum of skills and knowledge which they may not gain as candidate attorneys during their period of service under practical vocational training contract (articles).

Nature of training

Training is practice- orientated to ensure that students will be able to perform most tasks on an entry level with minimal supervision once they have completed the course.

The main component of the training is distance learning requires students to engage in disciplined study of the LSSA Practice Manuals and any set books as may be prescribed. It further requires the student to punctually submit all prescribed assignments, which the student must pass with a minimum of fifty percent (50%).

The student have to participate in an online 10 day case work session. They are further required to again fully attend another five (5) days of the BLA Trial Advocacy training. Satisfactory (full) attendance of the BLA Trial Advocacy Training entitles the student to the issue a BLA Trial Advocacy Training Certificate in their name.


The PVT course consists of modules as prescribed by the regulations as per the Legal Practice Act No 28 of 2014 (as amended). The programme is standardised and uniform throughout the Republic and comprises of the following modules consisting of 130 hours of “participation

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Attorneys’ Bookkeeping;
  • Constitutional Practice;
  • Criminal Court Practice;
  • Drafting of Contracts;
  • High Court Practice;
  • Information and communication technology for practice, and associated aspects of cyber law
  • Introduction to Practice Management –online
  • Labour Dispute Resolution;
  • Legal Costs;
  • Magistrate’s Court Practice
  • Matrimonial Matters and Divorce –online
  • Personal Injury Claims- online;
  • Professional Legal Ethics;
  • Wills and Estates.


The medium of instruction is English.

Admission requirements and selection

  1. Candidates who will be considered are:
  • Candidates who possess certified copy of a valid S.A. identity documents
  • Candidates who have completed the LLB degree at a S.A. university; or
  • Candidates who have been awarded a S.A. B Proc degree prior to 31 December 2004; or
  • Candidates who have completed a law degree in a foreign country which is equivalent to the S.A. LLB degree, and which is recognized by SAQA as equivalent.
  • Candidates of foreign origin must attach a work/study/ spouse permit to their application.

NB!!: confirmation of foreign accreditation by SAQA is the responsibility of the applicant.

  1. A selection committee will consider the applications. The committee may require applicants to attend interviews.
  2. Due to the large number of applications, first preference will be given to applicants who reside within the School’s region.


The School’s Board of Control reserves the right to change dates and/or cancel any course if the number of applicants is not sufficient. Applicants will be given sufficient notice of cancellation.

Tuition fee

The fee is R14 500 (15% VAT included).

If your application is successful, payment of the fee must be completed before the course commences. The fee includes study material but excludes stationery.

Students are responsible for their own arrangements and expenses regarding accommodation and travelling. Students may wish to defer making accommodation and travelling arrangements until it is confirmed that the course is proceeding.

Student evaluation and certification

 A student’s progress is monitored throughout the duration of the course. Attendance, whenever required is of paramount importance -so is full preparation prior to attending the lectures or training sessions if any student were to complete the programme successfully.

Students are expected to be proficient in knowledge of the substantive law prior to attending the programme. Due to severe time constraints, students are expected possess and practice some skill in time management.

Formative and summative assessments will be conducted. All National assessment are scheduled to be written by students in both the LSSA-UNISA School and the LEAD Schools at the same time and online.

A minimum of 50% is required of all students to pass all assignments and examinations to complete the programme successfully.

Course Dates

Intake 1: 06/01/2021 – 23/07/2021 | Closing date for applications: 16 October 2020
Intake 2: 07/06/2021 – 06/12/2021 |Closing date for applications: 12 February 2021

The School’s Board of Control reserves the right to change dates and/or cancel any course if the number of applicants is not sufficient. Applicants will be given sufficient notice of cancellation.

Intake 1

Intake 2