The main aim is to give attorneys a practical background in the law, practice and procedure of conveyancing and notarial practice.
The training is provided by practising conveyancers and notaries who also draft the course material. Although these courses also assist attendees to prepare for the conveyancing and notarial examinations, mere attendance of the lectures and completing the assignments may not be sufficient to pass the examinations. Intense study and diligent practise in the drafting of deeds as well as participation in class discussions and workshops, are essential. For preparation focused on the conveyancing examination, LEAD offers a three-day examination preparation workshop, for more information, please contact Molalatladi Modiba at email Molalatladi@LSSA.org.za or tel no. (012) 441 4600.
Who may register for these two courses?
Attorneys and candidate attorneys may register for these courses, as well as any other person who wishes to learn more about these fields of practice. Should non-attorneys wish to register for the courses in order to write the national conveyancing or notarial examinations, they should first contact the relevant statutory provincial law society to enquire whether they will be allowed to write the examinations.
Format of the courses
Attendees can choose to study on an attendance basis at various centres around the country or on a distance-education (correspondence) basis.
The attendance courses are offered in various centres throughout the country (see Section 3 of the registration form). The conveyancing attendance course is held over 20 sessions. The notarial practice attendance course is held over five sessions.
Attendees in the distance-education courses are sent the study documents by post shortly after the closing date for registrations. They are required to complete four assignments which will be marked and returned to them with model answers. Depending on demand, there are also one or two attendance workshops offered in the main centres.
A petrol allowance may be made available to those who will have to travel more than 200 km to the venue closest to their place of residence. LEAD reserves the right to cancel a workshop if the number of registrations does not justify the cost.
Attendance courses: Provided that 100% of the lectures have been attended and 80% of the compulsory assignments have been satisfactorily completed, the LSSA will issue a certificate to the attendee to confirm that the course was successfully completed. Distance-education courses: Provided all the assignments have been satisfactorily completed and submitted timeously, the LSSA will issue a certificate to the attendee to confirm that the course was successfully completed.