The Gauteng Society of Advocates was established in 2004. During 2014 the Society launched the GSA’s flagship broad based pupilage programme in pursuit of empowering fellow practicing advocates and recent graduates utilising targeted vocational and practical training in an array of legal topics & disciplines.

The main fields of training include criminal law, civil law, legal ethics, then rules of court and legal writing – in both the High- and Lower Courts. Whilst other topics are also presented, the central focus of the Pupilage remains on practical experience and guidance.

The 12 month programme – commencing November annually – is presented over weekends and totals more than 80 hours of practical lectures, workshops and related training. The course does not duplicate academic theory previously studied at Universities, but aims to hone the practical skills which candidates will require when practicing law in South African Courts.

Vocational training is presented by senior members of the Society and expert guest lecturers on a vast array of topics in South African Law. Training material for the program is made available in printed book format, complimented with topic handouts in the course of the program.

Pupils research and submit several written assignments, i n t e r  a l i a covering the fields of Legal Writing skills, Civil & Criminal Procedure etc. including – heads of argument for appeals and to prepare motion court applications etc. This is followed by two practical moot court exercises wherein pupils are both guided and evaluated. The program also includes at least two written examinations covering various fields of the training.

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Class of 2018

Program material is handed out which consist of a program file and various printed books on topics to be discussed and lecture on during the program.

Class of 2017

Pupils are appointed for applicants and respondents and have to present matters and argue matters in order to be exposed to ‘real life circumstances’.