Pupillage comprises of three components namely:
- Mentoring of the candidate by a practicing advocate with three or more
years practice or three years practice in the aggregate over
the preceding four years.
(Legally Law provides
support in obtaining mentors for candidates that need to
- Structured Coursework accredited by the LPC.
(Legally Law provides the structured coursework training as prescribed by the LPC.)
- National LPC examinations written bi-annually.
(The LPC is the only
authorised institution that administers the national
examinations for legal practitioners.)
The mentor and the candidate must be engaged with a signed
Practical Vocational Training (PVT) Contract registered with the
Legal Practice Council (LPC). See Regulation 7 of GG 41879
dated 31 August 2018.
Candidates that are admitted and only doing the structured
coursework training for personal development does not need a
mentor with a registered PVT contract.
NOTE: Candidates that are in full-time employment, not admitted
and considering doing pupillage, must apply in writing to the
LPC and obtain authorisation to register a PVT contract. The LPC
considers such applications on a case to case basis.
The LPC prescribes that a candidate do standardised compulsory
structured coursework . See Regulation 7 of GG 41879
dated 31 August 2018.
The LPC further prescribes the content of the structured
coursework to be successfully completed by the candidate. See GG
43192 dated 3 April 2020.
Structured coursework is not compulsory for admitted advocates,
however may be done for personal development.
LPC National Examinations
Usually in March and September of each year. Only candidates
that have successfully completed a structured coursework program
and and are engaged with a mentor and are in possession of a PVT
contract may write the national examinations administered by
the LPC. All the
examinations must be written in the first attempt and failed
examinations may be re-written as prescribed by the LPC.
NOTE: Admitted advocates that does structured coursework for
development MAY NOT write the LPC national
examinations. Only candidates seeking to be admitted may write
the national examinations on successful completion of the
structured coursework and are in possession of a PVT contract
with a mentor as indicated above.
Further enquiries on pupillage
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