|Essential vocational training programme for candidate legal practitioners intending to be admitted as advocates|
About this programme
The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) is presenting this postgraduate, vocational training programme for candidate legal practitioners intending to be admitted as advocates. It is accredited by the Legal Practice Council (LPC) with the intention to prepare candidates for the Advocates’ Admission examination in 2023.
The programme is offered by LEAD and specifically caters for the training of Advocates without Fidelity Fund Certificates.
Candidates are reminded that apart from this Regulation 7 Practical Vocational Training, enrolment with a Supervisor at an Advocate’s Bar is still an additional requirement for successful admission as a Legal Practitioner. Practical trial advocacy is expected to be covered under pupillage/PVT contract. To qualify to write the Advocates’ Admission examination, candidates should have completed at least 6 months under the said pupillage contract in terms of Rule 21.11.2. The full requirements for successful enrolment as a Legal Practitioner without a Fidelity Fund certificate must be obtained from the LPC.
Objective of the programme
To provide a postgraduate, vocational training and exam preparation programme for candidates intending to be admitted as advocates.
Nature of Study
Training is provided online by practising legal practitioners in preparation of and support for the Advocates’ Admission examination as set by the LPC.
The programme consists of modules as prescribed by the Regulations as per the LPA (amended). Training is practice-orientated to ensure that pupils will be able to perform most tasks on an entry level with minimal supervision once they have completed the programme and be assisted in their preparation for the Advocates’ Admission examination.
Candidates are trained in a practical context and assignments as well as guidance as to the approved reading list published by the LPC for the Advocates’ Admission examination is provided.
Webinars / online feedback and information sessions are utilised as a training tool.
The programme is standardised and uniform throughout South Africa and is based on experiential training defined as ‘notional hours’. Regulation 6 of the LPA is for candidates who want to be admitted as attorneys and Regulation 7 is for candidates who want to be admitted as advocates.
Please click here (www.LSSALEAD.org.za/Regulations-subject-comparisons/) to view the subjects included in the Regulations.
Regulations 7 as gazetted
a) Attorneys’ bookkeeping for pupils intending to be admitted as advocates referred to in section 34(2)(b) of the Act, bookkeeping as contemplated in Regulation 6(10)(i); (separate programme)*
(b) advocacy skills, including trial and motion court proceedings;
(c) alternative dispute resolution;
(d) civil procedure;
(e) criminal procedure;
(f) professional conduct and legal ethics for advocates;
(g) legal writing and drafting;
(h) constitutional law and customary law; and
(i) information and communication technology for practice, and associated aspects of cyber law.
*Not included in this programme
This training caters specifically for Non-Fidelity Fund Advocates. Additional training in bookkeeping and legal practice management as contemplated in section 85(1)(b) and section 87 of the LPA, will be required for those candidates that intend to become advocates with a Fidelity Fund Certificate.
The medium of instruction is English.