Who can apply?
The programme is open to practising attorneys only. There is no closing date for applications and mentees and mentors may apply throughout the year.
What is the selection process?
Many candidates who attempt to write the conveyancing examination often fail as they underestimate the difficulty of the subject matter and have limited practical experience. Therefore, each mentee is carefully selected to participate in the programme. The selection criteria includes the mentee’s previous conveyancing experience, how far he/she is with the study material, and his/her demonstrated commitment to passing the exam.
Mentees must be willing and have the time to put in at least 10 hours of study per week from the start of the mentorship until the admission examination. If a mentee is no longer able to put in the necessary work to pass the exam, another mentee will be allocated to his/her mentor. This is necessary as we have many great candidates on a waiting list who are eager to work with a mentor. In fact we generally have four times as many mentees as mentors.
For the examination, it is imperative that mentees are able to answer all questions in respect of the law, practice and procedure of conveyancing. Consequently, mentees must commit to a programme of intensive self-study and proactively contact their mentors for the practical implementation of the study material. The most important aspect of preparing for the examination is drafting.
Mentees can select their own study material. For those without study material, they may purchase the guide used for the LEAD Conveyancing Course at a reduced price of R340 (VAT included). The material for 2021 has been moderated by an independent legal practitioner. Mentees will also receive a short study guide with suggested timelines to study each chapter.