Burning Questions: Higher Certificate in Law Edition

Burning Questions: Higher Certificate in Law Edition

For many who choose a profession in the legal world, the dream was likely instilled in them from a young age. Others might have gained some inspiration from popular television shows like Law and Order or more recently, Suits. Whether you’re considering a degree in law or a Higher Certificate in Law, joining The IIE’s Varsity College is a sure way to get the skills you need to take on today’s working world. 

When it comes to a Higher Certificate in Law, our student advisors are often asked several questions. Whilst they enjoy sitting down with prospective students to shed some light on these, we thought we'd share them here as well. That way, even those who haven't yet considered joining The IIE's Varsity College will have something to gain too.

What is it?

The IIE Higher Certificate in Legal Studies is the perfect programme for those looking to get their foot in the door of legal environment and grow in it. It’s a chance to get the skills to match your drive and initiative in the hopes of creating a successful career for yourself. This qualification provides a good foundation in legal skills, communication, South African Law and legal office management. As a result, you’ll enter this industry with everything you need to make your presence known and felt.

How long will it take me?

This programme is offered by The IIE’s Varsity College as a Full-Time, 1 year Higher Certificate as well as a Part-Time, 2 year Higher Certificate. As a result, candidates are able to study and work simultaneously to gain invaluable industry experience. This places them ahead when it comes to landing that dream job. 


What subjects do you need to study this Higher Certificate? 

To pursue this programme, you’ll need a National Senior Certificate (a matric) with a Bachelors pass or matric exemption. This will allow you to meet the entrance criteria to study this programme. 


What can I do with a qualification like this one?

With this Higher Certificate behind you, you could study further towards various IIE law degrees in order to become an attorney, advocate and more! Should you wish to join the industry right away and not pursue further studies, you’ll still have a range of options to choose from. These include:

  • Attorney’s assistant
  • Legal secretary
  • Paralegal assistant
  • General law-office assistant
  • Front office manager of a legal firm
  • Legal research assistant
  • Clerk in the Magistrate’s Court

Why should you choose The IIE’s Varsity College?

Our focus on a blended learning strategy gives graduates an undeniable edge in any industry. As a result, our students learn New World thinking that leads to stronger problem solving and critical thinking skills. This leads to increased opportunities and even greater aptitudes that allow them to navigate the challenges of any industry. If you’re ready to join The IIE’s Varsity College, we think you’ll fit right in. Our diverse community of students enjoy academic support from lecturers who are experts in their fields. To learn more about The IIE Higher Certificate in Legal Studies  at The IIE’s Varsity College please click here for a full breakdown.

Varsity College is a brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE)