Administrative Lawyer (Occupation Code : 261102)
DescriptionConducts criminal and civil lawsuits, draws up legal documents, advises clients as to legal rights and practices other phases of law.
TasksWriting up the rules and regulations issued by government and state agencies.
Providing legal advice to agency staff and experts to ensure that proposed rules are in line with the Constitution and the other laws of the country, and that they are reasonable, logical and substantively correct.
Commenting on proposed regulations of any government agency seeking to promulgate a rule.
Analysing public comment and feedback on proposed regulations.
Organising regulatory hearings for people who are either interested in, or affected by, a proposed rule by preparing the hearing notice, authoring an agenda, publicising the hearing, or reaching out to important interest groups affected by the proposed rule.
Making sure that government departments and agencies are interpreting and utilising administrative regulations correctly.
Challenging or defending agency regulatory action through litigation.
Preparing cases, discussing settlements, and arranging the witnesses in cases prosecuting or defending regulatory violations.
Representing an agency, special interest association, or client in administrative hearings.
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Step 1 : Admission requirements
- NSC Bachelor Admission
Admission into a Degree requires the achievement of a National Senior Certificate (NSC) with the minimum requirements for admission into a degree or a National Certificate (Vocational) NC(V). In addition, each education institution has its own unique entry requirements for each of its programmes. It is important to check the entry requirements for this programme with the institution of your choice before you apply.
Step 2 : General Qualification
Step 3 : Learnerships
- Candidate Attorney Learnership Level 7
This learnership is the practical qualification needed to be admitted as an attorney in South Africa. This programme requires that you have an employer. The learnership can be done either under a contract of articles (service at a private law firm or state attorney) or as a service contract (community service at a legal aid institution or law clinic). The duration of the learnership varies based on your prior qualifications.
Step 4 : General Qualification
Step 5 : Final assessment
- Practice Management Training
Practice management training is compulsory training offered through the Law Society (LSSA). Issuing of your first Fidelity Fund Certificate - which is necessary to practice as an Attorney - will only be done once you have successfully completed your practice management training.
Step 6 : Designation
- Designation: Attorney
This designation is awarded by the High Court of South Africa when a Candidate Attorney succeeds with an application for admission to the profession. This application must be supported by one of the four statutory law societies that regulate the profession. Upon admission, a High Court official enters the applicant’s details in the Roll of Attorneys. A designation is a title that professional persons may use (write behind their name) to indicate that they are fully qualified in a certain professional field and are registered with a professional body to practice in that field. It also indicates that the person subscribes to the code of conduct of that professional body.