Paralegal Practitioner online short course

Starts on 9 February 2017

Too soon for you? Register now for the next presentation that starts on 11 May 2017

Course information

16 weeks online
7 hours per week
R16,900 | Options available
University of Cape Town (UCT)

Course Information

16 weeks online
7 hours per week
R16,900 | Options available
University of Cape Town (UCT)


Gain a broad knowledge of South African legislation and refine the skills necessary to be the best paralegal you can be.

This online paralegal course gives you a foundation understanding of the SA legal system, on which to build your paralegal knowledge and expertise. You also develop the technical skills and administrative competencies needed to excel in a fast-growing profession.

Whether you’re a working, studying or aspiring paralegal, or are looking for a stepping stone into law school, this paralegal studies online short course from UCT is the competitive edge you need.


Download the course prospectus

What will set you apart

Achieve new heights with a plethora of skills from a paralegal course designed for working professionals:

  • Develop a practical understanding of legislation and legal processes
  • Communicate effectively using legal language, draft contracts and affidavits; and be taken through the step-by-step approach to legal research
  • Learn and refine the specialist technical skills necessary to succeed as a paralegal practitioner

Course curriculum

This UCT paralegal studies online short course covers everything from the history of South African law to oral advocacy skills.

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

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

On completion of this course you earn a certificate from a top-tier university as powerful proof of your new competencies and use it to set yourself apart from the rest and get recognised in the job market.


Your success team

In collaboration with the world's top-tier universities, we design online short courses around the insights of experienced faculty members and authoritative industry experts. On the course, you can expect to learn from these specialists via online video lectures, which will be accessible to you anywhere, any time.

When do I start?

Our next available short course starts on 9 February 2017.
Too soon for you? Register now for the next presentation that starts on 11 May 2017

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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 Course Coach who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


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 shorter than nine weeks. For courses nine weeks or longer, there is a three-part payment plan available.

If you want to find out more about any of these options or you want to know which you qualify for, please get in contact with a Course Consultant here.


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

Why wouldn’t you ask your boss to help you fund your studies if itʼs going to have an impact on the way you do business?

37% of our past students receive financial assistance from their employers. You can ask for help, too. Here is a guide to show you how.


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, 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 Course Coach, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.

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