Diploma in Law
Students should note that during the course of their studies they would be required to have access to a computer, printer and the internet.
The purpose of this qualification is for students to gain knowledge, skills and experience in general areas of the law and the application and social context of the law so as to enable the student to provide primary legal services to the public and support to legal professionals. A student acquiring this qualification will have skills, knowledge and experience to: – Apply advanced paralegal knowledge and understanding of law to a specific problem within the South African legal context. – Conduct and evaluate legal research and make recommendations based on the findings of the research. – Communicate, in writing or orally with internal and external clients in a paralegal or legal workplace. – Advise, counsel and represent clients in a variety of settings. – Draft legal documents in a paralegal context. – Solve problems in a paralegal context by working in a team and individually. – Manage administration, including financial administration, and provide organisational support in an office environment. – Exercise ethical conduct, values and professionalism when dealing with clients.
|This qualification will be presented using both online and distance learning modes.|
Who can register for Diploma in Law?
- Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification.
- Re-registering students may register for the 2019 academic year once the registration period opens.
- Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply for the alternative qualification during the next application period.
- All communication sent to you after the initial study package (with the exception of study guides) will be sent electronically to your myLife e-mail account (eg follow-up tutorial letters, examination timetables and results, financial statements). You will no longer receive such communication in printed format.
How to Choose your Modules
Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules and NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate. You must pass a minimum number of credits / modules annually so that you are able to re-register and continue with your qualification:
- At least 36 NQF credits (3 modules of 12 credits each) in your first year of study.
- At least 48 NQF credits (4 modules of 12 credits each) in your second or further years of study.
You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per semester:
- At least 60 NQF credits (5 modules of 12 credits each) in a semester.
- At least 120 NQF credits (10 modules of 12 credits each) per year for year modules.
The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.
You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately
- 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
- 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.
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Curriculum for this Qualification
As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.
RULES on NQF-level 5:
Students who have already passed EUP1501 or SCL1502 for this qualification, will retain the credit
and do not have to register for IRM1501. This does not mean the modules are equivalent.
|Group A. Compulsory|
|BWE1501 – Business Practice and Workplace Ethics||Recommendation:Should be taken together with or follow on SCL1501 and ILW1501|
|CPD1501 – Citizenship, Public Participation and Democracy|
|CRW1501 – Introduction to the General Principles of Criminal Law|
|ENN1504 – Practising Workplace English|
|ILW1501 – Introduction to Law|
|IRM1501 – Introduction to Research Methodology for Law and Criminal Justice|
|PAR1501 – Introduction to Paralegal Studies||Recommendation:Should be taken together with or follow on SCL1501 and ILW1501.|
|PVL1501 – Law of Persons|
|SCL1501 – Skills Course for Law Students|
|SJD1501 – Social Dimensions of Justice|
|Group A. Compulsory|
|ADL2601 – Administrative Law||Pre-requisite:ILW1501 & SJD1501 (Not applicable to 02291, 99303, 99304 & 99311)|
|FBE2604 – Forms of Business Enterprise||Recommendation:Should be taken together with or follow on SCL1501 and ILW1501|
|IND2601 – African Customary Law||Pre-requisite:ILW1501 & PLS1502 (PLS1502 – not applicable to 98750, but only until 2021)|
|IOS2601 – Interpretation of Statutes||Pre-requisite:ILW1501 (Not applicable to 98318, 99303 & 99304)|
|LEG2601 – Legal Aspects of Environmental Management|
|LLW2601 – Individual Labour Law|
|LLW2602 – Collective Labour Law|
|LSB2605 – Legal Aspects of Small Businesses||Recommendation:Should be taken together with or follow on SCL1501 and ILW1501|
|PAC2602 – Paralegal Advice Centre||Recommendation:Should be taken together with or follow on SCL1501 & ILW1501|
|PVL2601 – Family Law||Pre-requisite:ILW1501 & PVL1501 (PVL1501 not applicable to 98681)|
|PVL2602 – Law of Succession||Pre-requisite:ILW1501 & PVL1501|
|SSL2601 – Social Security Law|
RULES on NQF level 7
Students who have already passed EVI3701 for this qualification, will retain the credit and do not
have to register for LEV3701. This does not mean the modules are equivalent.
|Group A. Compulsory|
|COL3704 – Consumer Law||Recommendation:Should be taken together with or follow on SCL1501 & ILW1501|
|EDL3703 – Education Law||Recommendation:Should be taken together with or follow on SCL1501, ILW1501 & ADL2601|
|HIL3705 – HIV/AIDS and the Law||Recommendation:Should be taken together with or follow on SCL1501 & ILW1501|
|LAH3701 – Land and Housing||Recommendation:Should be taken together with or follow on ADL2601|
|LEV3701 – Law of Evidence||Pre-requisite:SJD1501 & CRW2601 (CRW2601 – not applicable to 98220, 98681 & 98750)|
|LGL3702 – Local Government Law||Recommendation:Should be taken together with or follow on SCL1501, ILW1501 and ADL2601|
|PVL3702 – Law of Contract||Pre-requisite:PVL2601 & PVL2602|
|PVL3703 – Law of Delict||Pre-requisite:PVL2601 & PVL2602|