Candidate Attorneys Short Course

Date: 30 March 2023

Once-off: R1,000.00

Lecturer: Lisa Thomas

Enhance your legal career with SA Legal Academy's Candidate Attorneys Short Course. Gain practical skills beyond theoretical knowledge, covering core topics like Court Documents, Legal Drafting, and Litigation Techniques. Ideal for law students, paralegals, and young legal practitioners seeking to navigate the early days of their legal careers with ease.

About this Course

Legal representation and the practice of law has a seriousness attached to it because lawyers have the ability to change the course of their clients' lives. It is, therefore, imperative that aspiring lawyers have a sound foundation to build on and hone their practice skills.

The practice of law, as it is observed, can appear intimidating and complicated to someone just starting out in the profession. Mistakes made in ignorance can result in lost clients and lost income. As seniors within the professional, we have an ethical obligation towards those who are junior to give them all the practical assistance they need upon entry into the profession.

We also have an obligation to our clients to provide sound legal advice. Since legal representation affects both the layperson and the lawyer responsible, it is critical that, as a larger duty to society, we avail resources to help the next generation of lawyers have a solid grasp of their job.

In this short course, we strive to empower aspiring lawyers with the skills that they require to manage their profession beyond the theoretical knowledge received during their law degrees.

Learning Objectives

In this short course, we strive to empower aspiring lawyers with the skills that they require to manage their profession beyond the theoretical knowledge received during their law degrees.

The course covers the following core topics that are relevant to candidate attorneys and junior attorneys. These are:

  • Court Documents & Court Appearances
  • The Dos and Don'ts of Your First Court Appearance
  • The Differences between Actions and Applications
  • Practical Approaches to PVT and Board Exams
  • Basic Litigation Techniques
  • Basic Legal Drafting
  • Conducting Client Consultations
  • How to Approach Written & Oral Exams
  • Tips and Tricks of Conducting Legal Research

Over the duration of the course, we will provide you will the skills and the mindset that you require to navigate the early days of your legal career with relative ease.

Course Delivery, Duration, and Effort

Over the duration of the course, we will provide you will the skills and the mindset that you require to navigate the early days of your legal career with relative ease.

This course is delivered through the SA Legal Academy online learning campus. The course is divided into 9 modules. In this way you can maintain a work-life balance whilst studying and improving your professional skills. The required effort is 2 hours per module.

The course places a specific emphasis on creating the link between theoretical legal knowledge and legal practice. It encourages the translation of theory into legal skills that help aspiring lawyers truly assist those in need of legal help.

Who Should Attend?

  • Candidate Attorneys
  • Law Students
  • Pupil Advocates
  • Paralegals
  • Young / Junior legal practitioners


Lisa Thomas is a former criminal defence advocate and in-house counsel in Durban. Lisa has seen the law practice from both sides. She graduated with her LLB, completed her pupillage, and was admitted as an advocate in 2008. Her current area of interest is in alternative dispute resolution, specifically mediation. She is a maverick for humanity and ethics within the legal profession in South Africa with a focus on Candidate Attorneys.

Admission Requirements

There are no prerequisites to attend this course.



  • Module 1 - Conquering Practical Vocational Training for Candidate Attorneys (Available)
  • Module 2 - Do’s and Don’ts of your first appearance as a Candidate Attorney (Available)
  • Module 3 - Actions & Applications - What’s the difference? (Available)
  • Module 4 - Practical approach to PVT & Board exams for a Candidate Attorney (Available)
  • Module 5 - Basic Litigation techniques for a Candidate Attorney (Available)
  • Module 6 - Basic Legal Drafting as a Candidate Attorney (Available)
  • Module 7 - Conducting client consultations (Available)
  • Module 8 - How to  approach written & oral exams for  a Candidate Attorney ( Available 3 October 2023)
  • Module 9 - Tips & Tricks of conducting Legal Research ( Available 9 November 2023)

For more information on what will be covered in the curriculum please download the prospectus.

About SA Legal Academy

Welcome to SA Legal Academy (SALA), a provider of courses to help you succeed in your chosen career. We are committed to providing our students with the highest quality training and support, to ensure that your skills and knowledge are up to date and ready to face the challenges of the modern workplace. Our courses are designed to ensure that you reach your professional goals and enhance your career prospects. With our experienced training staff and comprehensive resources, you can be confident that you will receive the highest quality of training from SA Legal Academy.

SALA is a Level 2 B-BBEE contributor, with 125% procurement recognition. Training spend on certain solutions can be allocated against the Skills Development element of the B-BBEE Scorecard through accredited and nonaccredited training or claimed through SETA grants. In addition, 25% of your Skills Expenditure can now be on non-accredited training or courses.

Short Course Fees

The course fee is R  1 000.00 and consists of:

Educational Resources

  • Online Materials: Access a wealth of online resources, from e-books to webinars, enhancing your learning experience.
  • Live Sessions: Interact in real-time with experts, gaining insights and clarifications on complex topics. Missed a live session? No worries. Access recorded webinars anytime, anywhere.

Learning Support

  • Facilitation: Benefit from expert-led facilitation sessions that offer personalized guidance, addressing individual queries and ensuring a thorough understanding of the subject matter.
  • Learner Forum: Engage in meaningful peer-to-peer interactions through our dedicated learner forum. Share insights, ask questions, and collaborate on projects to enhance your learning experience.
  • Continuous Support: Our dedicated team is always on standby to assist with any academic or administrative queries, ensuring a smooth learning process.

Flexibility and Convenience

  • Study Online: Complete your course and take your assessments online, giving you the freedom to learn from the comfort of your home.

Payment Methods

Debit / Credit Card or Instant EFT

You can pay directly on our website for an easy, secure, and instant transaction. During promotional periods, customers can take advantage of additional savings. This is the fastest and most efficient option, saving both time and money.

EFT / Bank Deposit

You can make a payment directly into our bank account using your Online Banking App, Online Banking services, or by visiting your local bank branch.

Your Company / Employer

It may be beneficial for your company to invest in training for its staff members. As there are financial and tax advantages for doing so, please speak with your employer or Training / HR manager about the possibility of paying for this training.

Third Party

If you have someone who is willing to pay for your studies, such as a parent or relative, they can either log in and pay on our website or they can pay via any of the payment options above on your behalf.

Payment Options

Option 1: Once off payment

  • R 1 000.00

Corporate Training Solutions

At the Legal Academy, we recognize the evolving needs of businesses in today's dynamic environment. Beyond our standard webinar offerings, we provide tailored corporate training solutions designed to empower your team with the latest in legal and professional skills. Whether you're looking for online sessions or face-to-face training, our programs are crafted to ensure a comprehensive and engaging learning experience.

Drawing inspiration from modern training methodologies, our corporate solutions are interactive, adaptable, and focused on real-world applications. We prioritize hands-on learning, ensuring your team can immediately apply their newfound knowledge in practical scenarios.

Interested in a bespoke corporate training experience? Reach out to us at [email protected] or call 012 941 0448. Together, let's design a training program that elevates your team's capabilities and aligns with your organizational goals.

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