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Advanced Legal English


Law and language are intimately linked. Law gains its existence only through language, and there is understandably a great premium on precision in the use of language. Sound arguments, both written and oral, fundamentally depend on accuracy and effective presentation. Although everyone should pay careful attention to language, those in the field of law should be especially precise in their use of language in debating issues and in defining, interpreting and conveying the law.

The Advanced Legal English short course is designed to enable the legal professional (or student) to master the essentials of accurate and correct English quickly and conveniently (through concentrated learning and consistent daily application) so as to promote effective and efficient communication in the legal context, focusing on practical and technical precision.

The course is specifically designed for:

  • Legal professionals
  • Advanced law students
All short courses are completed individually through technology-enhanced distance learning. You do not need to attend any classes. You have access to your lecture videos and other material on a weekly basis, and all your assignments are submitted online.

The fee is R 11, 500.00, which includes your online study material. Persons based outside South Africa can pay in US Dollars, Euros or GB Pounds. Payment of fees must be effected before access to the course.

Short courses are available internationally. A new cycle of short courses starts every first Monday of each month from February to November. 

You will complete weekly online exercise assignments that combine to yield your final mark. The questions may involve multiple choice, a brief discussion of an important issue, or solving a short case study. Your final course mark will be based on the average of the weekly scores achieved. The final pass mark is 50%. A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the course. Should you achieve a distinction (75% or higher), this will be so indicated on your certificate.

The course is open to anyone who is basically proficient in English and has internet access.

R 11, 500.00


Technology-Enhanced Distance Learning

Starting Date

Every Month except December and January

Topic Lectures

Online lectures of each topic

Course Duration

10 Weeks on a part-time (online) basis