The LLB is the universal legal requirement for admission and enrolment as an Advocate or Attorney, according to the Qualifications of Legal Practitioners Amendment Act of 1997. Many who wish to work as advocates in private practice must normally join a Bar Association and complete a period of pupilage with a practicing member of the Bar, as well as pass an admission test.
An LLB graduate must work as a nominee attorney for a practicing attorney before being admitted to practice law. Attendance at a realistic legal training course or community service can help to shorten the time it takes to serve papers. Following that, candidates must pass a professional examination administered by the appropriate provincial Law Society. The Act of Parliament governing admission to practice law is currently being amended, and a new law is expected soon. The specifications outlined above can change as a result.
Language proficiency in the legal profession
There are no formal language requirements for practicing law, and completion of Latin courses is no longer a prerequisite for this University’s LLB degree. However, knowledge of South African languages is necessary for the study and practice of law in South Africa. As a result, prospective lawyers are required to include classes in the national languages in their curriculum. Prospective lawyers are encouraged, therefore, to include courses in the national languages in their curricula.
South African Career Opportunities
A law degree necessitates the ability to read rapidly while maintaining a high level of understanding and logical thinking. You’ll also learn how to write plainly, objectively, coherently, and succinctly if you study law. These skills are applicable in any situation, and our graduates are increasingly spending time abroad, applying their knowledge in different legal systems.
In both the public and private sectors, an LLB degree prepares you to analyze every issue and evaluate the available solutions, as well as educate you about a society’s rules and expectations.
Becoming an attorney is only one of many opportunities available to a law graduate; while many LLB graduates do go on to become lawyers or advocates, the list of possibilities is extensive – and expanding!
An LLB degree can be the first step to an academic career. Master of Laws and Postgraduate Diploma programmes rank amongst the largest in the world with 43 graduate courses on offer.
LLB graduates under six months’ training in pupillage with a practicing member of the Bar. After an admission examination, the work of an advocate generally involves research, drafting opinions and pleadings and presenting cases in court, most often – though not exclusively – in the High Court.