Higher Certificate in Paralegal Studies

The purpose of the Higher Certificate in Paralegal Studies is to afford students the opportunity to acquire quality education and skills that they will be able to implement within the legal sector.

1 year
NQF Level 5
120 credits

Key features

  • Accredited and Registered
  • Cutting-edge curriculum
  • Flexible structure
  • Online support
  • Affordable and Accessible
  • Internationally benchmarked
  • Multicultural Faculty and support
  • Higher Certificate in Paralegal Studies 

About

The purpose of the Higher Certificate in Paralegal Studies is to afford students the opportunity to acquire quality education and skills that they will be able to implement within the legal sector.

This programme will equip students to handle a range of legal issues and manage functional areas related to office practice management, civil and criminal litigation processes, debt collection and deceased estate management.

Additionally, the student will also be able to adequately demonstrate an understanding in successfully analysing a range of legal issues, and identifying the best remedy or solution within the realms of the legal sector.

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Higher Certificate in Paralegal Studies programme, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of law with regard to a specific problem within the South African legal context
  • Communicate (Oral and Writing) with internal and external clients in a paralegal, corporate or legal workplace
  • Demonstrate knowledge relevant to the spheres of a paralegal context
  • Understand legal problem solving techniques in a paralegal context by working individually and within a team environment
  • Provide administrative and organisational support in an office environment in a professional manner
  • Exercise ethical conduct, values and professionalism when dealing with internal staff and external customers and clients
  • Examine and provide solutions to the legal environment by exploring and applying legal principle

Programme structure

Duration: 1 year

Modules

  • Office Management for Legal Practices
  • Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure
  • Introduction to South African Law
  • Civil Litigation Process
  • Debt Collection Process
  • Wills and Estate Management

Assessments

  • Knowledge Checks
  • Project

Admission requirements

  • The minimum entry requirement is the National Senior Certificate or National Certificate Vocational with appropriate subject combinations and levels of achievement; or
  • An equivalent NQF level 4 qualification with proven proficiency in English
  • It is possible in some cases, to gain entry into the programme on the basis of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

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