Professional Examinations

Candidates wishing to sit for all professional examinations must register with the Legal Practice Council before the deadline of 24 January. The registration for the second session will open fron 5 June to 6 July 2020.
Information and registration forms can be accessed on the Legal Practice Council website here. Use the drop-down menu to scroll to ‘Examinations’.
Competency-Based Examinations for Admission as an Attorney

[Legal Practice Act, 2014: Section 26(1)(d), Rules 21.1 and 21.2]

19 and 20 February 2020

5 and 6 August 2020

2020_Admission Exam Syllabus

19 February 2020 (09:00 – 12:15) Paper 1 The practice and procedure in the High Court and in courts established under the Magistrates’ Court Act, 1944, motor vehicle accident claims, criminal procedure
19 February 2020 (14:00 -16:15) Paper 2 The practice and procedure relating to the winding up and distribution of estates of deceased persons
20 February 2020 (09:00 – 11:15) Paper 3 The practice, functions and duties of an attorney, including the ethical duties of an attorney
20 February 2020 (14:00 – 16:15) Paper 4 Attorneys’ bookkeeping

Competency-Based Examination: Attorneys’ Bookkeeping

[Legal Practice Act, 2014: Rules 21.2.4, 21.5.3, 21.11 and 32.2.1]. Required by advocates for purposes of conversion in terms of Rule 30.1 and Rule 30.2.

20 February 2020 See LEAD Bookkeeping Course for Legal Practitioners.
Competency-Based Examination for Admission as a Conveyancer 26 February 2020

Paper 1: 26 February 2020

Paper 2: 4 March 2020

Second session:

Conditionally postponed to November 2020

Conveyancing examination syllabus (2020): Download

LEAD conveyancing exam prep course here


26 February 2020  Paper 1 Statutes and case law applicable to conveyancing

4 March 2020 Paper 2 The practice and procedure of conveyancing. Drafting of deeds, certificates, applications, consents, agreements and other documents.

Competency-Based Examination for Admission as a Notary 27 February 2020

Conditionally postponed to November 2020

Notarial examination syllabus (2020): Download
LEAD notarial exam prep course here

Register for the examinations

Registration for all the above examinations is with the Legal Practice Council – ensure that you register before the deadline set by the Legal Practice Council:

Please note: Candidates should report for the examination at least 30 minutes prior to the commencement thereof.  Candidates are required to, on the day of the examination, properly identify themselves by providing his/her identity document or passport. NO candidate will be permitted to write any examination if satisfactory proof of identity is not provided.
No candidate will be allowed to enter the examination 30 minutes after the commencement of the examination and no candidate will be permitted to leave the examination venue within 30 minutes of commencement of the examination.
After conclusion of the examination and when handing in the examination book, each candidate must sign the register for the paper written.

Exam paper leaks

The LSSA has set up an independent whistle-blowing line, email and sms facility for reporting any information relating to the leakage of the August 2018 exam papers. If you have any information relating to the leakage, please report this information using the contact details below. All disclosures made will be treated with strict anonymity. The names and contact details of individuals making the disclosures will not be provided to the LSSA or the firm investigating the leakage unless permission has been granted by the caller.
Reports can be made to any of the following channels:
Unique free call 0800 number – 0800 61 12 09     SMS short code – 33490      Toll free facsimile – 0800 212 689
Online reporting –    E-mail –

Past exam papers

Past exam papers and model answers can be purchased from LEAD: Click here

LEAD Conveyancing and Notarial Courses

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