Deceased Estates Practice [UNISA] (Short course) March – December 2021

Urgent Notice:

Due to the resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa and the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation’s directive that the 2021 academic year will commence only in March 2021, and the subsequent extension of Semester 1 of 2021, the following changes had to be made to the Corporate Law (CCPL01D) and Administration in Deceased Estate (WTRE02C)

Post graduate – Distance Education – Joint venture by the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) and the University of South Africa (UNISA)

Enhance your skills and learn through distance education

About the courses

The LSSA joined forces with theUNISA Centre for Lifelong Learning (UCL)to offer two accredited postgraduate, distance-education “Short Learning Programmes” to law practitioners.

These “Short Learning Programmes“ are in the form of certificate courses and have been developed by the UNISA Centre for Lifelong Learning (UCL) to update or broaden a law practitioner’s skills and knowledge in specific fields where having up-to-date knowledge is essential to practice. This underscores the LSSA’s commitment to provide life-long learning and to assist the legal practitioner with his/her continuing professional development.

It is important to note that Short Learning Programmes are, by nature, short and are not formal qualifications.

The two courses are:
1. Corporate Law (NQF level: 7; Credits: 24); and
2. Deceased Estates Practice (NQF level: 7; Credits: 24)

Closing date for registration is  28 February 2021.

Registration and administration

Student registration is done by Legal Education and Development (LEAD), the educational division of the Law Society of South Africa (LSSA). Course administration is done by the UNISA Centre for Lifelong Learning (UCL) of the University of South Africa.

Method of tuition

  • Tutorial letters and assignment will be available online via the UNISA Online Platform (myUnisa).
  • This will enable students to access the electronic distance education facilities in order to download study material and submit assignments. Please note that the material will not be available in hard copy format.
  • At least one workshop is arranged for students, provided there is enough interest in an area to make it financially feasible. The workshops are facilitated by the programme presenters.


NQF level of module: 7
Credits: 24

What is the purpose of the course?

The course is designed to equip students with the legal and practical knowledge and skills necessary for drawing up wills, establishing trusts and administrating deceased estates.


2 compulsory semesters


March 2021 – December 2021
Closing date for registration: 28 February 2021

Who should attend?

Anyone wanting to practice in deceased estates. This includes attorneys, legal advisors, government officials and private sector employees working in the field of administration of estates, paralegals, and staff in law firms with sufficient practical experience.
Course administrator at UNISA
Prof J Jamneck BLC LLB LLD. Department of Private Law.


Certificates are issued jointly by the UNISA Centre for Lifelong Learning (UCL) and the LSSA on the successful completion of the course and full payment of the fee.

Financial assistance

Limited financial assistance is available from the LSSA LEAD for financially deserving students upon proof of need and on a first-come first-served basis. Please contact the LEAD course coordinator for more information.

LEAD Course coordinator

Course in Deceased Estates Practice:
Dodo Dubazane
Tel: +27 (0)12 441 4600

Registration requirements of both courses

Upon registration, students are to ensure they have their own active e-mail address as well as internet access. They will need to access the UNISA Online Platform (myUnisa) where important notices, sub-mission and marking of assignments and relevant information about the training will be posted. No sharing of e-mail addresses is allowed – students must have their own e-mail accounts.

Registration fees

The course fee includes all material for the course. The fee does not include travel and accommodation expenses.

Course Dates

March 2021 – December 2021

Registration closes: 28 February 2021