Higher Certificate in Paralegal Studies - Southern Business School | Educartis

1 years
Distance Learning


Course Overview

This Higher Certificate in Paralegal Studies is an entry-level qualification which aims to provide students with the basic knowledge of South African law and its procedures. Taken via distance learning, it equips candidates with the essential managerial skills required within the context of a paralegal environment. The flexible structure of the qualification allows students to select outcomes that meet the diverse roles required by a wide range of legal firms, the corporate environment, as well as the public sector. 

Paralegals make up a significant sector of careers in the law field, assisting attorneys every step of the way. With this qualification, you will spend your days helping people, be it helping your employers be more efficient in their jobs, increasing a firm's revenue or productivity, or assisting clients with their various troubles. Whatever your responsibility, this career is sure to bring a feeling of immense satisfaction, knowing you are an irreplaceable part in the law field and making a huge difference in peoples' lives. If this sounds like an exciting path for you, then this qualification will provide you a great opportunity for career growth, whether in corporate law firms, government agencies or real estate companies. 

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How This Course Will Benefit Your Career

After successful completion of the Higher Certificate in Paralegal Studies, students should be able to: 

  • Pursue a Bachelor of Commerce in Law Degree
  • Demonstrate professional skills necessary to this career, including oral and written communication and technology skills.
  • Adhere to professional and ethical standards appropriate to the legal profession.
  • Apply analytic, critical thinking and research skills to real-life situations within a legal context.
  • Use effective personal, interpersonal, time and legal practice management skills required in the legal profession.

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Certification obtained

Higher Certificate in Paralegal Studies

What jobs will I qualify for?

The Higher Certificate in Paralegal Studies qualification will provide students with skills to be successful in careers such as: 

  • Legal Assistant 
  • Legal Appeals Specialist 
  • Courtroom Clerk 
  • Legal Secretary 


When do I start?

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Admission Criteria

To be eligible for this course, students must have either: 

  • A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with a minimum of 40% in English as Certified by Umalusi 
  • NQF 4 National Certificate 

How do I apply?

Students are able to apply online or in person. At the time of application, students will be required to share: 

  • A certified copy of a South African Identity Document (ID) or equivalent documentation in the case of non-SA citizens 
  • A certified copy of a Grade 12 (Matric) Certificate, National Senior Certificate, or Highest Qualification obtained 

Payment options


  • Credit Card 
  • Internet Banking Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)
  • Direct Deposit
  • Debit Order

Detailed course information

The Higher Certificate in Paralegal Studies is taken at Southern Business School via distance learning. It consists of compulsory subjects and major electives. The course outline is as follows:

Compulsory Subjects: 

  • Introduction to South African Law 
  • Legal Research & Communication 
  • Legal Practice Management 

Electives (Choose Two) 

  • Civil Litigation 
  • Business Law 
  • Labour Law
  • Family Law 
  • Debt Recovery 

Where and When


Southern Business School

Plot 10, Diswilmar Krugersdorp , Gauteng, Krugersdorp, South Africa


Southern Business School

Plot 10, Diswilmar Krugersdorp , Gauteng, Krugersdorp, South Africa

Course Provider

Email & Website
  • marketing@sbs.ac.za
  • http://sbs.ac.za/
Phone & Location
  • +26461308781
  • +27116621444
  • Plot 10, Diswilmar Krugersdorp