Legal Assistant

Part Time

Our Legal Assistant programme will give you specialist knowledge and understanding needed to work in an administrative role within the legal profession or the legal department of a large firm.

On completion of this short course, you’ll be able to confidently display your administrative and computer skills, with a broad understanding of various aspects of South African law, including terminology, the justice system and the administrative procedures followed in a legal office.

We also offer a full-time Legal Secretary National Diploma over 18 months.

Entrance Requirements
  • Knowledge, comprehension and application of English at NQF Level 4/Grade 12 or equivalent
  • Basic computer and keyboard skills (including Windows, Word and Excel basics) or completion of the UniCollege Programme in Computer Skills for Windows & Office
  • A basic knowledge of elementary accounting is recommended
Who should attend?
  • Those who thrive when working under pressure and have good organisational skills as well as attention to detail
  • Those who want a career in the legal field in an administrative or secretarial role
  • Current receptionists, secretaries and administrators who want to improve their effectiveness and career prospects in the legal profession
Course Outline

Office Administration

  • Understanding the business and office environment
  • Storage and retrieval systems
  • Co-ordinating meetings
  • Business correspondence
  • Office equipment
  • Office supplies and stock control
  • Financial and banking procedures

Legal Practice 1

  • The attorney’s practice
  • Business and trust accounts
  • The role and duties of the administrative clerk
  • Litigation and debt collection
  • Legal documents
  • Wills and deceased estates

Microsoft Office & Touch Typing

  • Touch typing: keyboard skills, speed and accuracy
  • MS Windows
  • MS Word
  • MS Excel
  • MS PowerPoint
Accreditation and Certification

Upon successful completion of the programme and internal assessments, students will be awarded:

  • The UniCollege Short Programme Certificate in Office Administration*
  • The UniCollege Short Programme Certificate in Microsoft Office Fundamentals
  • The UniCollege Learning Programme Certificate in Legal Assistant*

*Endorsed by the Chartered Institute of Business Management (CIBM)

Course Factsheet