newWhat is the diploma about?

The Diploma provides the practical knowledge and theoretical background required to become a more competent employee in a law firm. Learners are introduced to various aspects of law and the general legal framework in South Africa. They will gain an understanding of legal procedures as well as essential legal terminology and concepts, and will be provided with practical guidance and knowledge that will help them to perform their functions more efficiently.

Who should attend?

Secretaries, personal assistants, legal administrative staff and receptionists already working in a legal environment, but also new persons embarking on a career in a legal field.


The diploma consists of three modules presented over the course of three days, where one day is devoted to each module. A learner can choose to do the entire diploma over three days or just one or two modules over one or two days. The modules can be spread out over a period of time, which means that if a learner only chooses to do one module the other modules can be completed at a later stage.

Compilation of the diploma 

Module 1 - Basic Legal Practice and Civil Procedure
Module 2 - Advanced Legal Practice
Module 3 - Advanced Civil Procedure
Course content

Two methods of presentation

  1. Attendance
    Lectures are offered in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.
    See these dates in register for attendance
  2. Self-study
    Persons who are unable to attend the lectures can register for the home-study course. Register at any time. The only requirement is that each module must be completed within 2 months after registration and the entire diploma must be completed within 6 months.


  • Comprehensive and user-friendly notes containing examples are provided. Learners can use and consult these notes at their workplace after completing the course.
  • The lectures are relaxed and the notes and examples form the basis for discussion.
  • An open-book evaluation is conducted in order to establish whether learners understand the work and are able to apply their knowledge in practice.

Open book evaluation

Learners are evaluated on the basis of an open-book test. The idea is not to test people’s memory, in other words to see that they remember by rote, but rather to establish whether they are able to apply in practice what they have learnt during the lesson. During their evaluation they are permitted to refer to the lecture material supplied to them, just as they would be able to use in the office.


A certificate is issued for each module upon successful completion of the evaluation as proof that the learner has the ability to apply the learning content that relates to a certain module.

Presenter – Franciscus (Frans) Haupt

Frans Haupt practised as an attorney in private practice from 1980 until January 2000 when he became director of the University of Pretoria Law Clinic. Under his leadership the clinic received a number of institutional, national and international awards for education innovation, community engagement and legal services, assisting more than 4000 indigent clients annually.

In 2008 and 2012, Frans co-authored the research report on “The incidence of and the undesirable practices relating to garnishee orders in South Africa.” He headed the enquiries into “The Statutory Debt Counselling Process” for the National Credit Regulator in 2009, 2010 and 2012 and was co- author of Government’s Consumer Credit Policy document, adopted by cabinet in 2014 and leading to important amendments to the National Credit Act in 2015.

He has served as chief examiner for the Attorneys Admission Examination in High Court Practice since 2004 and has lectured to candidate attorneys at the School for Practical legal Training of the Law Society of South Africa for the past 20 years in Civil Litigation, Ethics and Commercial Litigation.
Frans also authored or co-authored a number of articles and book chapters on clinical legal education and on credit law and has presented numerous papers at National and International Conferences.