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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply advanced legal concepts, principles, theories and values within a paralegal sector 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119502  Apply advanced legal concepts, principles, theories and values within a paralegal sector 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Legal Education and Training 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Justice in Society 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  20 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
The learner who achieves this unit standard will be able to apply an advanced understanding of the relevant law to solve complex problems within a specified sector. Relevant law and specified sectors are listed in the range statement.

The qualifying learner will be able to:
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of relevant law.
  • Analyse relevant law in terms of contemporary social context.
  • Apply advanced knowledge and understanding of relevant law in order to solve problems.
  • Recommend options for solving problems. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this unit standard are assumed to have achieved competence in:
  • The level 5 unit standard "Apply fundamental legal concepts, principles, theories and values within a paralegal sector". 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    For the purposes of this unit standard, a specified sector in the paralegal industry may include:
  • Community-based sector
  • Non-governmental sector
  • Public sector
  • Commercial sector
  • Private sector

    Relevant law refers to any part of South African law, which informs practice in a specified sector of the paralegal industry.

    Service providers must include any of the sources of South African law (common law, statutory law, customary law and case law) in the chosen sector of the paralegal industry as well as the chosen (cluster of) legal area(s). 

  • Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of relevant law within the South African legal context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Key concepts with respect to relevant law are evaluated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Aspects of relevant law are evaluated in relation to other areas of law and other social systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Jurisdiction matters that apply to relevant law are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Controversial or complex aspects of relevant law are identified and discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Case law that applies to relevant law is discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Updates on relevant law are researched. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Analyse the relevant law in terms of contemporary social context. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Issues include debates, discussions and controversies raised in the media, the paralegal sector, the legal sector and by clients. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Issues in society that impact on the application of relevant law are discussed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Legal consequences of identified issues in society are analysed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Legal and other solutions to contemporary issues in society are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Synergy between contemporary issues and relevant law is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Impact of diversity in society on social and legal issues is demonstrated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Contemporary issues are analysed legally, politically and scientifically. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Apply advanced understanding of relevant law in order to solve problems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Relevant facts within the problem are identified. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Relevant law is applied to the facts presented. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Relevant law applicable to the problem is researched. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Possible solutions for the problem, from the relevant law and other sources, are explained. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Possible solutions are analysed to identify the most appropriate solution(s). 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Recommend appropriate solutions for problems to client. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Clients questions and queries are addressed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Advantages, consequences and values of solutions are evaluated. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Advice is provided in a professional and ethical manner. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Clear instructions are taken from client and confirmed. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Client is frequently updated on progress. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    A concise record of the consultation is filed appropriately. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Supervise an assistant in a paralegal sector. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Files of an assistant are examined with regard to confidentiality. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Assistant is advised on appropriate aspects of relevant law. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Assistant is guided on researching appropriate law. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Assistant is advised on appropriate solutions. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments. Moderation of assessments will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and agreed ETQA procedures. This unit standard can be internally assessed by assessors of the provider and moderated by a moderator registered by the relevant ETQA. Moderation shall comply with SAQA requirements.

    Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The learner will be able to demonstrate a complex understanding of:
  • Key concepts associated with relevant law.
  • Sources of relevant law.
  • Jurisdictional matters that apply to relevant law.
  • Ethical and professional conduct when applying relevant law.
  • Theories and debates on the social impact of law.
  • Key elements of opening a case file management which includes taking instruction, developing a record of a consultation and filing. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems by exploring complex legal and non-legal solutions and maintaining ethical and professional standards. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, organisation or as a role-player in the legal fraternity. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information necessary for opening a case file. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
  • Communicate effectively in writing and orally to explain the complex nature of relevant law and its application to a specified problem.
  • Discuss the complexities of relevant law in relation to other related legal and social systems. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the learner's responsibility as a role-player within the legal system and participate as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the learner's role in generating cultural sensitivity within the legal system.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the importance of exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively by updating the learner's knowledge of relevant law and supervising an assistant. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  49598   National Diploma: Paralegal Practice  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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