Advocate (Occupation Code : 261106)
DescriptionPleads cases before civil, criminal and industrial courts and other tribunals.
TasksAccepting briefs and pleading in the higher court.
Evaluating findings and developing strategies and arguments in preparation for presentation of cases in courts of law.
Gathering evidence to formulate a defence by means such as interviewing clients and witnesses to ascertain the facts of a case.
Researching legal principles, statutes and previous court decisions related to specific cases.
Guiding witnesses to give their evidence by asking questions and testing the truth and value of the evidence given by witnesses by cross-questioning them.
Arguing a case for a client to persuade a Judge or Magistrate or Arbitrator.
Drafting 'arguments' that set out the facts and law relevant to the decisions to be decided.
Negotiating with colleagues over the settlement or the conduct of cases.
Acting as prosecutor on behalf of the Government.
Step 1 : Admission Requirements 2
- National Senior Certificate - Degree Entrance or National Certificate (Vocational)
To enter into this learning pathway you will need a National Senior Certificate (NSC) 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 : Internship
- Internship (Pupillage in Advocacy)
The one-year full-time pupillage programme is offered through the Bars (Societies of Advocates). Under the mentorship of a practicing Advocate you will draft legal opinions and pleadings and undergo practical training in trial preparation, cross-examination of witnesses and Court procedure. Pupillage places are limited and are awarded on scores given for selection criteria including academic achievements, previous work experience and language proficiency. Selection is also based on a personal interview that considers your aptitude to be an Advocate and whether you are a fit and proper person for the profession. Pupillage is considered to be a year of training and the pupil Advocate does not earn an income or salary.
Step 4 : Final assessment
- National Bar Examination Board Exam
During your pupillage you will be required to write and pass the National Bar Examination of the General Council of the Bar, which is a test of your practical ability. Evening lectures must be attended in the months preceding the exams.
Step 5 : Designation
- Designation: Advocate
This designation is awarded by the High Court of South Africa when a Pupil Advocate succeeds with an application for admission to the Roll of Advocates and after passing the examination of the National Bar Examination Board. This application must be supported by one of the ten Bars (Societies of Advocates) affiliated to the General Council of The Bar of South Africa (GCB) where the Pupil completed the required pupillage or internship programme. A designation is a title that professional persons may use (write before or behind their name) to indicate that they are fully qualified in a certain professional field and are registered to practice in that field. It also indicates that the person subscribes to the code of conduct of a recognised professional body.