What is the aim of these two LSSA (LEAD) courses?
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 seminar (see details on brochure).
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 exami¬nations, 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 of¬fered 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 registra¬tions does not justify the cost.
As a long-time lecturer of the conveyancing and notarial courses, I would strongly advise any candidates wanting to attend the notarial course - but who have no or little knowledge of conveyancing - to do the conveyancing course first. It makes the notarial course, and especially the notarial examination, so much easier. And for those doing the conveyancing course, I urge them to follow up with the notarial course, because notarial practice has more and more important in a property law practice. One cannot be ''a complete property lawyer'' without also being a notary these days.