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To find out if you are best suited a career in the law, ask yourself if you have a passion for justice. If yes, this may be the perfect sector for you.
Studying Law in South Africa requires a lot of dedication and commitment both while you are still in school studying and after you are done and on the field.
There is no doubt, however, that this is a very competitive, yet exciting, fulfilling and financially rewarding career choice.
WHAT DO LAWYERS DO?
Studying law can lead, open doors to many different careers for you within the law profession.
You can become an attorney, advocate, jurist or a paralegal. Lawyers and Advocates provide professional legal advice and represent their clients in civil and criminal litigation in the courtroom. Some lawyers do pro bono cases to help people who cannot afford legal fees, they speak for the “voiceless” and many lawyers are doing this.
What is the difference between a Lawyer and an Advocate?
Here is the difference between lawyers and attorneys. Attorneys work at law firms while advocates go to court.
Attorneys are professionals who work at law firms. Their responsibilities include meeting with clients, writing up contracts.
Attorneys are the people you see when you seek legal advice or assistance. They have extensive knowledge of legal issues and are always in the best position to help you win your case.
On the other hand, advocates are professionals who go to court. They are the lawyers who wear a robe and argue a case in front of a judge in court.
Advocates are usually members of a “bar council”, and require a high level of judgment and being able to represent their clients’ case. They are also able to provide legal opinions and assist with drafting legal documents within their specialisation.
How do I obtain a Law qualification?
To obtain a law qualification, you must be fluent in English. This means proficiency in writing English, reading and speaking of the English language. It is a key component to studying Law, after all it is a very academic intensive course with lots of reading and interpreting of cases and technical legal books.
Before you can start practicing Law, you will need to have completed either of the following qualifications:
- – a 4 year LLB degree
- – or a 3 year BCom or BA Law degree and then a further 2 year LLB degree
- hould you choose to study a BCom degree before your LLB, you will benefit by having a knowledge base about accounting, business and a general understanding of business and economics.
How much do Lawyers earn?
In South Africa, a lawyer’s salary can be as high as R180,000 per annum for a junior lawyer/ attorney. A more experienced lawyer/ attorney can expect to earn salaries with an average of R220,000 per annum.
It’s also worthy to not that Lawyers who have experience in litigation, complex litigation case management, contract negotiation and legal compliance generally earn higher salaries than their colleagues who do not have these skills.
Universities where can I obtain my Law qualification, law degree
These South African universities have a faculty of law and offer Law degree qualifications:
- University of Johannesburg
- University of Pretoria
- University of the Witwatersrand
- Rhodes University
- University of South Africa
- University of Venda
- University of Fort Hare
- University of Cape Town
- University of the Western Cape
- University of Stellenbosch
- University of Limpopo
- University of the Free State
- University of Kwa-Zulu Natal
- University of Zululand
- Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
- North-West University
- Varsity College
- Monash South Africa
LAW BURSARIES FOR 2019 & 2020
Here are law bursaries you should consider applying for:
- Allan Gray Orbis Fellowship Bursary
- Attorneys Fidelity Fund Bursary
- Bowman Gilfillan Bursary
- Bushbuckridge Local Municipality Bursary
- Cape Agulhas Municipality Bursary
- Cape Winelands District Municipality Mayoral Bursary
- City of Cape Town Bursary
- City of Johannesburg Bursary
- Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Bursary
- Department of Environmental Affairs Bursary
- Department of Tourism Bursary
- Dept of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (EC) Bursary
- Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality Bursary
- E.V. Adams Scholarship
- Fasken Martineau/ Bell Dewar Bursary
- FNB Fund Bursary
- Gauteng Dept of Roads and Transport Bursary
- Investec Bank CSI Bursary
- LegalWise Bursary
- Motsepe Foundation Bursary
- Mpumalanga Attorneys Council Bursary
- Mpumalanga Provincial Government Bursary
- North West Provincial Government Bursary
- NUMSA Bursary
- NYDA Solomon Mahlangu Scholarship Fund
- Oasis Bursary
- Old Mutual Investment Group (OMIG) Imfundo Trust Scholarship
- PPS Bursary
- Pretune SIM Card Bursary
- Public Investment Corporation (PIC) Bursary
- Road Traffic Infringement Agency Bursary
- SIOC Community Development Trust (SIOC-cdt) Bursary
- South African Reserve Bank Bursary
- Standard Bank Bursary
- TCTA (Trans-Caledon Tunnel Authority) Bursary
- The Paul Mthimunye Bursary Fund
- Tim Mills Memorial Bursary
- TOTAL Bursary
- Webber Wentzel Scholarship