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Higher Certificate in Paralegal Studies

Faculty of Commerce

SAQA ID

91797

NQF

5

CREDITS

130

This programme is designed to allow students to be employed by Lawyers, Law and Auditing Firms, Banks and other Financial Organisations, as well as in the private sector as Legal assistants or paralegals. Many opportunities also exist in the private (government) sector. Successful students will become qualified and competent assistants able to ensure that the primary legal services are more accessible and affordable to the public. Upon completion, the learner will be able to:

  • Conduct legal research on behalf of a legal or paralegal practitioner
  • Communicate with internal and external clients in a legal or paralegal workplace
  • Guide and refer clients in a paralegal context
  • Assist in solving problems in a paralegal context
  • Provide administration and organisational support in an office environment
  • Display ethical values and professional conduct when dealing with internal and external clients
The programme duration is 1 years minimum

Learners could pursue a career as a:

  • Paralegal Secretary
  • Legal Advisor to an Estate Agent
  • Legal Advisor to a Manufacturer

Upon successful completion of your programme, you will receive a certificate depicting: – Higher Certificate in Paralegal Studies and an academic transcript. These documents will be issued at the annual graduation ceremony, couriered to the nearest branch or posted to you, provided that your account is in order.

It is the learner’s responsibility to ensure they meet all the programme requirements before a qualification can be issued.

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The minimum entry requirements for the Higher Certificate in Paralegal Studies are:

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Higher Certificate endorsement, or
  • A National Certificate Vocational (NCV) at NQF Level 4 with Higher Certificate endorsement, or
  • Amended Senior Certificate (ASC), with Higher Certificate endorsement, or
  • A Senior Certificate (SC), with University Exemption or Higher Certificate endorsement, or
  • Foreign School leaving Certificate that complies with minimum admission requirements for Higher Certificate study as gazetted by the Matriculation Board (The Matriculation Board will do equivalency evaluation)Alternative admission requirements:
  • Senate discretionary admission
  • Mature Age (23 - 45 years of age)
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)Age exemption certificates must be attained from the Matriculation Board before admission can be granted.Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) processes and Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT) are articulation mechanisms. The institution reserves the right to conduct a formal assessment for purposes of CAT. An evaluation will be conducted to recognise prior learning. This evaluation may or may not be based on a form of formal assessment and can include a portfolio of evidence submission. These mechanisms are in line with the HEQSF as envisaged in the NQF Act 67 of 2008 and the CHE “Policies on the Recognition of Prior Learning, Credit Accumulation and Transfer, and Assessment in Higher Education” published by the CHE in August 2016. The final approval for applications in respect of CAT and RPL is subject to academic vetting in terms of applicable legislation and institutional policies.Enquire at your nearest Lyceum Branch Office for more information regarding the awarding of subject credits (Credit Accumulation and Transfer - CAT) towards Lyceum Qualifications.Study materials are supplied in digital format only.

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