Paralegal Practitioner online short course

Course starts 28 January 2021

Course information

Registration Closes:
22 January 2021
Course Starts:
28 January 2021
16 weeks, excluding orientation.
7 hours per week, self-paced learning online.
ZAR R17,500
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


As professionals who offer much-needed assistance to licensed lawyers, paralegals play a vital role in professional legal environments.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Paralegal Practitioner online short course aims to equip you with both the legal knowledge and the practical skills to fill this important function. You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of the South African legal system, and be introduced to the Bill of Rights, the South African Constitution, and areas of private law, criminal law, and business law.

To give you a competitive edge, the course concludes with several modules on legal reading, writing, interviews, and research, preparing you to take on a wide range of technical and administrative responsibilities.

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • Wide-ranging knowledge of South African law and legal procedures 
  • The skills to conduct legal research, and interpret legislation and court material
  • The ability to draft basic legal documents and write an office memorandum
  • An official certificate from UCT as proof of your paralegal competencies

Is this course for you?

This course is designed for aspiring paralegals, legal assistants, and legal secretaries eager to unlock new career opportunities and work at a law firm or in a commercial environment.

The content will also appeal to existing paralegal practitioners who want to refine their skill set, update their knowledge of local law, and expand their scope of influence within their organisation.

Course curriculum

Understand the main disciplines and divisions of the law as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course.

  • Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Introduction to South African law
  • Module 2 Sources of South African law
  • Module 3 Classification of South African law
  • Module 4 Introduction to the legal and paralegal profession
  • Module 5 Private law and civil law procedures
  • Module 6 Criminal law and the law of criminal procedure
  • Module 7 Business law
  • Module 8 Law of evidence
  • Module 9 Courts and alternative dispute resolution
  • Module 10 The Constitution and the impact of HIV/ AIDS on the law
  • Module 11 Human rights
  • Module 12 Legal comparison and perspectives on the law
  • Module 13 Legal language and reading
  • Module 14 Legal writing
  • Module 15 Legal argument, logic, interview and oral advocacy skills
  • Module 16 Legal research skills

Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town (UCT)

Gain the knowledge to become a paralegal practitioner and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town. 

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements. 


Your teaching team

At GetSmarter, we improve lives through better education. One of the ways that we achieve this is by bringing rich industry context to an academic environment through our expert facilitation and engagement. We work with university faculty and industry experts to provide a practical, industry lens on the world's leading university subjects.

When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 28 January 2021.

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    You can either pay your tuition fees in full before the course starts, or you may opt for a two-part payment plan for courses nine weeks and shorter. For courses ten weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available. To find out more on payment options please visit our Payment and Financing page.

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    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

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    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.