Diploma Paralegal Studies

Paralegal Studies

  • NQF: 5
  • SAQA ID: 21138
  • CREDITS: 240


Paralegal Studies is an exciting entry into the field of law. If you enjoy going to court and preparing for court cases, then a field in paralegal studies in a great foundation? With Paralegal Studies, you can find yourself being employed by a lawyer, governmental agency or law office. The course is an open book to various types of laws such as Labour Law, Entrepreneurial Business Law and Property Law. Learners will graduate having acquired the various general principles of law and how to be a pillar of strength to those in the legal field.

Admission Requirements
  • Grade 12, or
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Career Fields

Paralegal Secretary
Legal Advisor to Estate Agents
Court Administrative Assistant
Certification and Examination Authority

Upon successful completion of this programme, learners will receive a Berea College of Technology Diploma: Paralegal Studies. All examinations are set and administered by Berea College of Technology.


Two (2) years full-time or three (3) years part-time

Study Materials
  • A prescribed textbook list is available from the Academic Department at the campus
  • Electronic copies of the study guide for this course is available on the student portal

Enquire at the Berea College of Technology campus for a pricelist for the programme you are interested in.

Additional Costs

Students must make provision for additional items such as textbooks, stationery, supplementary examinations, research costs and printing of study guides.

1st Year 1st Semester Subjects
Communication, Office Management, Introduction to South African Law, Computer
1st Year 2nd Semester Subjects
Labour Law, Property Law, Debt Collection, Entrepreneurial Business Law
2nd Year 1st Semester Subjects
General Principles Criminal Law, General principles Civil Law, Magistrates & High Court Criminal Procedure, Magistrates & High Court Civil Procedure
2nd Semester Subjects
Wills & Estate Management, Constitutional Law, Law of Evidence, Specific Crimes

Formative and summative assessments are an integral part of the programme and are used to ensure that the learner understands the course and is able to successfully complete the qualification.

Student Support Services
  • Job readiness skills
  • CV writing, interview training and workshops
  • Campus Counsellor
  • Work-integrated learning, internships and post-graduate employment
Centre for Student Relations (CSR)

The Centre provides a free online service to students who require additional academic and personal support.

Further Studies

This qualification enables both horizontal and vertical articulation options. Enquire about postcertificate studies at your nearest campus

For more information on this course and further study options, visit www.bct.ac.za

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