How to prepare effectively for the Board examinations
Hi. I am Gawie le Roux, an attorney from Pretoria. Over the past 26 years I have developed various courses in conveyancing and notarial practice for the legal profession.
For the past two years we have been offering
preparation courses for the Board examination.
You may be wondering how these courses differ from other types of legal training that you’ve already received – that is, training on the four papers you will have to write and pass in order to be admitted as an attorney.
They are presented as
intensive short courses
and aim to provide you with the theoretical knowledge and understanding you need to pass these examinations with a focus on previous examination papers.
Unique features of our courses as expressed by previous candidates:
- Excellent course content
“The course helped me to focus and to distinguish between what is really important for the exam and what is not.” – C Gordon
“It helped me to understand how to answer the exam questions.” – T Moorley
- A true update
“It contains the most recent information.” – M Mamabolo
“It’s easy to understand and has been updated. I can recommend it to candidate attorneys trying to pass the admission examinations.” – A Pema
- A confidence builder
“I would not have been able to pass paper 3 without this course.” – S Flies
“Wrote paper 3 twice before without success. The third time I passed with Gawie’s help.” – E West
“Good pass, second time around” – JL Veeriah
- A real time-saver
“The biggest advantage is the time that I saved due to excellent course content and presentation.” – JL Swart
“I could prepare with confidence because I knew what to study and what to focus on.” – R Brink
- Achieve a good pass
“I did well in the exam and can recommend the course, because it showed me how to focus on the right stuff.” – A Botha
“I wrote the ethics exam once before and failed. Then, after attending Gawie’s course, I passed with distinction. In fact, I got 92%”. – C Swele
“Last year I wrote the Ethics Board exam. I managed to pass with 60%, thank you so much for the revision class, it was of great help.” – T Radebe
- Excellent bookkeeping and estates
"Our lecturer, Johan van Stade, were very articulate and engaging. The study notes are really helpful and I believe few people can teach and explain bookkeeping and estates as simply as he does. The way in which he explain concepts make more sense when I practice on past papers." - Dante
Our courses for the
four Board examinations
are the following:
Paper 1 - Court procedures
A one-day course dealing with three of the four sections of this paper, namely:
- High court procedure
- Magistrates court procedure
- Criminal court procedure
The course does not cover the MVA (Motor Vehicle Accident Fund) section of the paper.
Paper 2 - Administration of estates
A one-day course dealing with the administration of estates, including the purpose and drafting of a liquidation and distribution account, recapitulation statements, income and expenditure, as well as the drafting of wills and the principles applicable to intestate succession.
Paper 3 - Attorneys' practice - (commonly known as the “ethics” paper)
A one-day course dealing with the code of conduct, duties, ethics and functions of an attorney; the general drafting of contracts, and miscellaneous matters.
Paper 4 - Accounting
A two-day course dealing with the particular and unique system of bookkeeping used by a firm of attorneys (theory and practice).
What are the requirements?
While it is not a requirement for attendance of any of these courses that you are registered as a candidate attorney, you should take note that you will not be able to write the Board examination unless you are a registered candidate attorney.
- By attending any of these finishing courses, you will be equipped to write your paper with much more confidence and with the ability, not only to pass, but to obtain good marks.
- You will also have a very handy and practical reference source on each topic for use when you start practising as an attorney.
- Most importantly, you will become more productive and, as a free bonus, begin to really enjoy your work!
Lastly, consider this truly encompassing recommendation:
“I attended the class for Paper Three and breezed through the exam! The class that Gawie presented gave a concise overview of the paper but the gem was the study guide that he provided – one guide that contains every past question with an answer right beneath it presented according to topic – no need to have a ton of past papers flying around all muddled up! I would recommend this course to any candidate attorney who wants to pass paper three first time around and who does not have the time to print a ton of past papers and rummage around between the memo and the question paper.” – Caitlan Gordon