How to prepare effectively for the Board examinations

Hi. I am Gawie le Roux, an attorney from Pretoria. Over the past 25 years I have developed various courses in conveyancing and notarial practice for the legal profession.

Since last year 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.

Consider the

testimony of one of our students:

  • “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.” – Thokozile Radebe

Our courses for the

four Board examinations

are the following:

Paper 1 - Court procedures

There are three courses for this paper:

  • Paper 1 - Civil Court Procedures - (Module 1)

    A one-day course dealing with:

    • High court procedure
    • Magistrate’s court procedure
  • Paper 1- MVA - (Module 2)

    A half-day course dealing with:

    • Motor Vehicle Accident Fund claims
      [To be introduced in 2020, DV]
  • Paper 1 - Criminal Court Procedures - (Module 3)

    A half-day course dealing with:

    • Criminal court procedure
      [To be introduced in 2020, DV]

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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!