An alternative way to gain access into a career in Law.


The IIE Higher Certificate in Legal Studies is a pathway-to-degree qualification, an alternative way to gain access into a career in Law. Applications to study this qualification in 2020 are still open. Here’s what you stand to gain.

If you’ve ever watched “Suits” you’d be forgiven for wanting to become a lawyer based on a television show. After all, they make it look incredibly cool. T.V aside, there are so many skills that come with a career in the legal industry. At The IIE’s Varsity College, we’re passionate about New World thinking and the skills that help you forge a successful career in this New World of work. From problem solving to critical thinking, there are many attributes that you need to meet the demands of today’s working world. This means that your chosen programme should help prepare you for tomorrow’s hurdles by teaching you what you need to know today. Whether you’re interested in paralegal studies or a law degree, here’s what you can gain from working in this sector.

Exceptional writing

Learning theory like the history of South African law means nothing if you’re not able to write about it in a logical fashion. This makes being able to write well a must for those who are pursuing a legal degree or a paralegal studies programme. The eloquence of writing is something often associated with those in this industry so it only makes sense that it’s a skill you gain from the field. As a result, those with legal work experience are often good at grammar and write in a way that is clear, concise and meaningful. This is a skill that makes a huge difference regardless of whether or not you stay in the legal sphere.

How to be responsive

Working in law means getting back to people sooner rather than later. As a result, you might find that you are extra diligent in responding to emails and returning calls. In an industry where time is money, you will be sure to respond with the correct etiquette before someone has to send another message to follow up. Constant communication and fast turn-around times are a given in the fast-paced world of law but this is a positive. New World thinking means being quick on your feet and using your heightened problem solving and critical thinking to address the tasks at hand.

A stronger work ethic

The law field is not without its challenges and many tend to find it stressful. A major skill to be gained from a career in this sector is learning to deal with the good days and the bad. Like any other profession, law comes with highs and lows. There will be cases won and others lost but it’s important to remember that each one is different. In working hard and in doing what you love, you are less likely to be impacted by the tough days. Instead, harder cases and higher stress levels will only make the good ones a lot sweeter.

The value of your time

In understanding that time is money, the legal profession will teach you to value every moment of each day. This means you’ll be driven to be more punctual, using each minute to carry out tasks like legal office management that enable career growth. In return, you’ll find it easier to manage your workload, show up to meetings and court appearances on time.

Get a blend of skills that employers want

A modern world needs modern skills to match. For more on The IIE Higher Certificate in Legal Studies that gives you the New World thinking that prospective employers look for, please click here. Varsity College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE). South Africa’s leading private higher education provider that’s registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training, and accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC).

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