INTRODUCTION     

The purpose of this short learning programme (SLP) is to provide aspirant law students, future paralegals and/or persons who wish to work in a law office in an administrative capacity with a holistic overview of the essential activities occurring in the typical attorney's office. While theory is discussed, the focus is on the acquisition of practical skills.     

WHO SHOULD ATTEND     

For those with the skills, drive and initiative, the legal work environment is a place of great opportunity and reward. Students interested in commencing or furthering a career within the legal environment should attend.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Students should meet the following requirements:  

  • Be proficient in English.
  • Should have three to four years' work experience.
  • Must be able to prepare for lectures and engage in self-directed study outside the classroom and be prepared for dynamic discussion in the classroom. 

DURATION AND MODE OF DELIVERY   

 Lectures are conducted once a week in the evening or on a Saturday morning over 11 weeks.

PROGRAMME CONTENT

This SLP will allow students to demonstrate the following:     

  • An understanding of the structure of the South African legal profession.
  • A basic proficiency in the administrative systems typically encountered in an attorney's office.
  • A basic knowledge of communication systems and methods utilised in the practice of law.
  • A basic knowledge of attorney's accounts and common accounting systems.
  • A basic knowledge of civil court documents and procedure.
A basic knowledge of, for example, debt collections, administration of estates, wills, notarial executed documents, affidavits, powers of attorney, conveyancing and the like.  

WHAT IS THE TEACHING AND LEARNING STRATEGY OF THE IIE'S VARSITY COLLEGE, AND HOW WILL IT HELP PREPARE ME FOR THE 21ST CENTURY WORKING WORLD?  

At The IIE's Varsity College we are proud of and passionate about our shift away from the 'traditional lecturing' methodology to our blended-learning strategy – the VC Blend. This blended-learning strategy extends learning beyond the confines of the classroom and creates opportunities for our students to work collaboratively, with peers and their educators, to construct their understanding of concepts. Student engagement is supported by the use of a learning management system (LMS) and the online learning materials that have been developed to underpin our teaching strategy.  

This student-focused approach compels our students to be accountable for their learning while developing the critical skills they will need to thrive in the rapidly changing 21st century work environment. 

As such, academic life for our students is dynamic, challenging and relevant.  

Due to the VCBlend approach, you will be expected to spend time conducting your own research, study for assessments and work on assignments. To gain the most from the blended learning experience, VC's Wireless classrooms and campuses, students are required to BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) such as mobile devices, netbooks, laptops or tablets, etc. so as to develop the necessary academic and digital literacies.  

The curriculum below is correct at the time of print. Please note that in line with academic practice, The IIE's curriculum is annually reviewed thus changes may occur in module structure and sequence in order to ensure that the qualification remains relevant. The exit level outcomes of the programme do not change. Registered students receive an updated programme curriculum on an annual basis. 

CERTIFICATION

Legal Office Support is an SLP that is certified by The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE). Varsity College is an educational brand of The IIE. Students enrolled for this SLP can submit an application for academic credit upon completion, to be exempt from the equivalent full qualification module when registering for The IIE Higher Certificate in Legal Studies qualification, provided that the student meets the requisite entry requirement.

Testimonials

What students past and current are saying.

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"I've completed 2 courses with The IIE's Business School at Varsity College Cape Town. My experience with this institution has been overwhelming. The staff and lectures are very helpful and excellent in the roles they play. Their schedules and time frames for each of the courses I've finished thus far have been 100% correct."

Stanley Roman

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"The course was so practical, I feel like I have the ability to go out and manage a project. It's not all theory that I have no clue how to apply. It was a privilege to learn from Bobby Keller at The IIE's Business School at Varsity College Pretoria. He has a lifetime of experience to share."

Lida van Eden

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"The IIE's Business School at Varsity College Cape Town gave me a chance to experience tertiary education the way it should be. I am able to go into the working world with some of their academic teachings and life advice."

Thabiseng Chiwashira

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