Legal practice and civil procedure for legal secretaries (paralegals)

Dear valued client,

Please note that this course in Legal practice and civil procedure has been temporally withdrawn.  It will be replaced by a much more comprehensive and improved series of paralegal courses, DV.

The new paralegal course structure will be available on our website as from June 2022, DV. 

For any enquiries or if you want us to inform you the moment you are able to register for these new courses, please contact:

Alouise / Henriëtte

(012) 361-1715 /


This is a diploma course aimed at paralegals, legal secretaries, personal assistants and legal administrative staff working in a legal environment.  Basically, anyone who wants to expand their knowledge of legal practice and civil procedure.

Online lectures

For those who want to benefit from three days' intensive study guidance.


8:00-12:30 via Zoom.

Do the open-book evaluations after the morning sessions.

The manual is sent electronically in PDF format.


For those who prefer working at the leisure of their own time.

Work at you own pace for up to 2 months per module and 6 months per diploma.

Do the evaluations when you are ready, at a date and time of your choice.

Identical study notes to the online courses.

The manual is sent electronically in PDF format.


Watch recordings of the online lectures at any time that suits you.

Price includes recordings and study material.

You have 2 weeks per module (or 4 weeks if you register for all 3 modules at once) to watch the recordings and you have 2 views per lecture.

The manual is sent electronically in PDF format.

No registration cut-off date.

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The who, what and why

  • Ideal for legal secretaries, personal assistants and legal administrative staff working in a legal environment, and anyone starting a career in the legal field.

  • Acquire the practical skills and theoretical background required to become a more competent employee at a law firm.

  • The certificates and diploma we issue have a high value in the legal industry and have served our learners well over the years.

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Benefits of our notes & lectures

  • Our notes are comprehensive, yet delightfully user-friendly.

  • We discuss both theory and practical case studies to illustrate how the theory is applied in practice.

  • The notes have recently been revised by Adv. Ben Stoop SC.

  • After completing the diploma the notes are yours to use and consult at your workplace.

  • Lectures are relaxed and the notes and examples form the basis for discussion.

  • We conduct open-book evaluations to establish whether you understand the work and are able to apply your knowledge in practice.

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Did you say evaluations?

  • We did, but don’t sweat, the evaluations are in the form of an open-book test.

  • The idea is not to see what you can remember by rote, but to help you apply in practice what you learn during lectures.

  • You are permitted to refer to your notes, just as you would when you are at work.

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Flaunt your achievements by earning three certificates and a diploma

Upon successful completion of each evaluation, your achievement will be celebrated by the issuing of a certificate.  This is proof that you have the ability to apply in practice the learning content covered in the module.  Three modules mean three certificates, and three certificates mean one distinguished diploma with your name on it.

Course Content

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Have a look at our course content and check out what previous clients have to say in the testimonials below.

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Course content

MODULE 1: Legal Practice and Civil Procedure

  • Chapter 1 – Background of South African law
  • Chapter 2 – The court structure
  • Chapter 3 – The procedures in Civil Litigation

MODULE 2: Civil Procedure

  • Chapter 1 – Introduction to Civil Procedure
  • Chapter 2 – The Basics of Drafting
  • Chapter 3 – The Action Procedure
  • Chapter 4 – The Application Procedure

MODULE 3: Legal Practice

  • Chapter 1 – Confidentiality and professional conduct
  • Chapter 2 – Matrimonial Property Law
  • Chapter 3 – Wills and Testaments
  • Chapter 4 – Prescription

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Our promise

  • You will walk away with a thorough knowledge of the general legal framework in South Africa, with an understanding of legal procedures and essential legal terminology and concepts.

  • You will be empowered, firstly by obtaining practical guidance and knowledge to advance your career, and secondly by obtaining certificates recognised and valued by the attorneys’ profession countrywide.

  • You will be able to do your daily work with even more confidence, becoming a much more productive employee for your employer and – as a bonus – starting to really enjoy your work!

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What are you waiting for?

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Admission Application Template Pack

Fill out this form to download your FREE copy of our template pack for the application to be admitted as legal practitioner.

The template pack includes:

  • A checklist for the application for admission in terms of the Legal Practice Act
  • A list of requisite annexures
  • A template for the notice of motion
  • A template for the founding affidavit
  • A template for the supporting affidavit