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Introductory Short Course
for
Paralegals
The Law Clinic developed this Short Learning Programme (SLP) during 2012. The SLP was registered during 2013 and has been offered yearly since date of registration. There exists a need to continue with this programme. This programme aims to teach the necessary legal skills to community based paralegals and paralegals in the employment of Legal Aid SA to assist in affordable access to justice for communities.

Purpose of the course:

The programme aims to provide learners with an informed knowledge and understanding of legal matters encountered on a daily basis in their respective communities. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of the relevant laws applicable.

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
Grade 12.
Learning assumed to be in place: 
Recommended prior experience and knowledge in basic law fundamentals.

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit

Outcomes

Assessment Criteria

MODULE 1: ADMINISTRATION

On completion of this module, the learner should be able to demonstrate an informed knowledge and understanding of the general rules of office management and administration.

At the end of the module the learner will be expected, within the context of a class situation, to demonstrate an informed knowledge and understanding of the general rules of office management and administration.

MODULE 2: CONSULTATION SKILLS

 

On completion of this module, the learner should be able to demonstrate an informed knowledge and understanding of the consultation process.

At the end of the module, the student will be expected, within the context of a class situation, to demonstrate an informed knowledge and understanding of the consultation process.

MODULE 3: ETHICS

 

On completion of this module, the learner should be able to demonstrate an informed knowledge and understanding of ethical rules and standards.

At the end of the module, learners will be expected to demonstrate an informed knowledge and understanding of ethical rules and standards.

MODULE 4: ADMINISTRATION OF ESTATES

On completion of this module, the learner should be able to demonstrate an informed knowledge and understanding of the process of administering a deceased estate.

At the end of the module the learner will be expected, within the context of a class situation, to demonstrate an informed knowledge and understanding of the general rules applicable to administer a deceased estate.

MODULE 5: CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS

On completion of this module, the learner should be able to demonstrate an informed knowledge and understanding of Constitutional Law and Human Rights.

At the end of the module, learners will be expected to be able to demonstrate an informed knowledge and understanding of Constitutional Law and Human Rights.

MODULE 6: SOCIO ECONOMIC RELATED MATTERS

On completion of this module, the learner should be able to demonstrate an informed knowledge and understanding of socio-economic related matters.

At the end of the module the learner will be expected, within the context of a class situation, to demonstrate an informed knowledge and understanding of socio-economic related matters.

MODULE 7: CIVIL MATTERS AND PROCEDURE

On completion of this module, the learner should be able to demonstrate an informed knowledge and understanding of civil proceedings.

At the end of the period of learning, it is intended that the student will be able to demonstrate an informed knowledge and understanding of basic principles of civil proceedings in practice.

MODULE 8: PRESCRIPTION

On completion of this module, the learner should be able to demonstrate an informed knowledge and understanding of the law of prescription and apply the knowledge to a given set of facts.

At the end of the module, learners will be expected to be able to demonstrate an informed knowledge and understanding of the law of prescription.

MODULE 10: CONSUMER RELATED MATTERS

On completion of this module, the learner should be able to demonstrate an informed knowledge and understanding of the laws related to consumer protection.

At the end of the module, the learner is expected to be able to demonstrate an informed knowledge and understanding of the laws related to consumer protection.

MODULE 11: LAW OF CONTRACT

On completion of this module, the learner should be able to demonstrate an informed knowledge and understanding of the law of contract and apply the knowledge to a given set of facts.

At the end of the module, the learner is expected to be able to demonstrate an informed knowledge and understanding of the law of contract.

 

Assessment: 
Portfolio of evidence to be submitted.
Method of assessment: 
Portfolio of evidence to be submitted.

Additional information

Mode of delivery: 
Contact
Target group: 
Paralegals.
Contact us
Name: 
Law Clinic
Telephone number: 
018 297 5341