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IIE Fundamentals of SA Legal System - Contact

The purpose of this short learning programme (SLP) is to provide the students with an overview of the SA legal system, which includes its historical origins and the role that the South African legal history continues playing in today’s legal environment. This SLP also introduces students to the manner in which one deals with legal problems and/or questions. This includes the identification of the legal question from the specific set of facts, and subsequent to this, the identification of the location or source of the law, in order to address the legal question. The SLP also explains the impact of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (Constitution) on the South African Legal system; i.e. how the law operates within a Constitutional dispensation. This SLP develops and provides students with a broad range of foundational legal skills including communication, various aspects of South African law, and legal office management.


Students should meet the following requirements:

  • Be proficient in English.
  • Should have three to four years work experience.
  • Must be able to prepare for lectures and engage in self-directed study outside the classroom and be prepared for dynamic discussion in the classroom.

Fundamentals of the South African Legal Systems is a SLP that is certified by The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE). Varsity College is an educational brand of The IIE. Students enrolled for this SLP can submit an application for academic credit upon completion, to be exempt from the equivalent full qualification module when registering for The IIE Higher Certificate in Legal Studies programme.

All SLPs available through The IIE’s Varsity College Part-time studies have been specifically designed for working adults. These SLPs differ from The IIE full qualifications also available through Varsity College which are registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). Before registration students must ensure that the programme selected best suits their individual learning and workplace objectives.


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At The IIE’s Varsity College we are proud of and passionate about our shift away from the ‘traditional lecturing’ methodology to our blended-learning strategy – the VCBlend.

This blended-learning strategy extends learning beyond the confines of the classroom and creates opportunities for our students to work collaboratively, with peers and their educators, to construct their understanding of concepts. Student engagement is supported by the use of a learning management system (LMS) and the online learning materials that have been developed to underpin our teaching strategy.

Due to the VCBlend approach, you will be expected to spend time conducting your own research, study for assessments and work on assignments. To gain the most from the blended learning experience, VC’s Wireless classrooms and campuses, students are required to BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) such as mobile devices, netbooks, laptops or tablets, etc. so as to develop the necessary academic and digital literacies over the course of this Honours degree.

This student-focused approach compels our students to be accountable for their learning while developing the critical skills they will need to thrive in the rapidly changing 21st century work environment.

As such, academic life for our students is dynamic, challenging and relevant.


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The IIE is not only accredited in South Africa but its dedication to providing quality education also led to it being accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC) in 2014. The British Accreditation Council is an independent authority in the United Kingdom that accredits private providers globally, including Greece, Switzerland, Singapore, India, Mauritius and the United Arab Emirates. In 2017 The IIE had its accreditation status confirmed by the BAC as an Independent Higher Education Institution confirming our confidence in the international comparability of our standards.

“South African students need to know, when they select a private higher education institution, that the standards offered are equivalent to those of a public University. Our students get this from our extensive local accreditation and registration. The students also benefit from knowing that we meet international standards too. The IIE is accredited as an Independent Higher Education Institution by the British Accreditation Council. Locally and internationally we have demonstrated the quality of what we offer,” said Dr Coughlan, Director, The Independent Institute of Education.

The IIE’s Varsity College students can be confident that their IIE learning experience meets international best practice standards