PVT Structured Coursework and Exam Preparation for Pupils 2022

PVT Structured Coursework and Exam Preparation for Pupils
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 2022.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 enrolment and exam preparation as a Legal Practitioner. Practical trial advocacy is expected to be covered under pupillage.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 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 for Advocates is provided.

Webinars / online feedback and information sessions are utilised as a training tool.

Modules
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 register as attorneys and Regulation 7 is for candidates who want to register 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 and attendance of 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
Note
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.

Instruction
The medium of instruction is English.

Date
The programme will open on 06 January 2022 and close on 06 April 2022.
Applications close 15 December 2021.Pupil evaluation and certification
A candidate’s progress is monitored throughout the duration of the programme with feedback on assignments provided, and candidates must achieve a level of competence to be entitled to receive certification.

Documents to be included (must be uploaded on the online application form)

To be considered for the programme, applicants must submit the following documents with their application forms –

  1. a certified copy of the applicant’s South African identity document; and
  2. proof of law degree –
    • a certified copy of the applicant’s LLB degree from a South African university or an original letter from the Dean of Law of the University concerned, stating that the student has completed their LLB degree in the current year; 
    • a certified copy of the applicant’s BProc degree, awarded prior to 31 December 2004.
    • a letter from the Supervisor confirming candidate has registered for a PVT contract [verification from the LPC will be confirmed], and subject to candidates having completed at least 6 months under the said pupil contract to be eligible to write the Advocates Admission examinations of 2022 in terms of Rule 21.11.2.

Note: Scan documentation and upload it on the online application form.

Who should register?
Candidate Legal Practitioners intending to be admitted as advocates.
Programme fee 
The fee is subject to subvention by the LPC. Due to uncertainty on subvention, the estimated fee is R3 200 (15 % VAT included). In the event of further subvention by the LPC candidates may be subject to any applicable refunds accordingly.Payment of the fee must be done before the programme commences and access to resources is provided. The fee includes online study material but excludes stationery.
How to apply 

Kindly note that you can only apply online. Participants must apply individually.  A unique username and password for each person will be generated.

STEP 1:
Payment should be made by electronic funds transfer (EFT) only. Remember to upload the proof of payment (PDF) in step 2 (Online application form).LSSA banking details: Account name: Law Society of South Africa | Bank: FNB Pretoria | Branch code: 251445 | Account no: 6200 9641 079 | Reference: Initials and Surname, Cell number
STEP 2:

CLICK HERE TO APPLY  

STEP 3:
Once you have successfully applied to participate, you will receive confirmation that we have received your application with required documentation. You will receive a system-generated e-mail with a link (Microsoft Teams/eLeader Platform) to the programme. Read the instructions in the e-mail carefully and test your link prior to the training (Microsoft Teams/eLeader Platform).  Webinars / online feedback and information sessions are utilised as a training tool.
For more information about this programme contact Michelle Beatson:
Email: michelle@lssa.org.za | Please note we only communicate via e-mail should you need more information.
Please take note

  • Candidates attending the above programme must pay their fees into the designated LSSA bank account ONLY.
  • The LSSA will not accept liability if the fees are not paid into the designated LSSA bank account.
  • The programme is conducted in English only.
  • Should you need to cancel your registration, this must be done in writing within two business days before the closing date to avoid the full fee being charged.

Course Dates

The programme will open on 06 January 2022 and close on 06 April 2022.
Applications close 15 December 2021.
Programme fee : R3 200 (VAT Included)

The fee is subject to subvention by the LPC. Due to uncertainty on subvention, estimated fee is R3 200(15 % VAT included).

Payment of the fee must be done before the programme commences and access to resources is provided. The fee includes online study material but excludes stationery.

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