How To Become An Advocate in South Africa 2022

A common mistake people make is to confuse an advocate and an attorney. A simplified distinction is that  advocates are specialists and attorneys do all types of legal work. Advocates are business managers who decide when they can be hired to represent clients,they do not have direct contact with clients and are considered to be in a referral field. Clients see attorneys first to address their legal problems, General advice is given by attorneys.Lawyers can form partnerships with one another and establish professional firms or companies. Advocates are sole practitioners. They do not form partnerships. Advocates can become members of The Bar.

What is an Advocate?

Advocates are experts in the art and practice of presenting and arguing cases before a court. Prior to 1994, only advocates could present cases before the Supreme Courts or the Appeal Court in Bloemfontein. The newly renamed High Courts, Supreme Court of Appeal and Constitutional Court allow attorneys to appear. However, advocates still present the vast majority of cases in these courts. Advocates are required to have a good understanding of the law and facts, as well as a high level of judgment and the ability present a case coherently and clearly. Advocates must prepare each case carefully, reading and seeking advice, as well as clearly defining the issues that need to be decided. Advocates can also provide legal opinions and assist with the drafting legal documents. This is required for every walk of life, whether it be commercial, industrial, or constitutional. Advocates provide legal assistance to clients in need through PRO DEO, AMICUS CURIAE and PRO BONO appearances before the court. This is a way to work for the good society at reduced rates, and sometimes without remuneration.

 The following are some of the skills an advocate needs and a summarized "job description".

  • To understand, explain, and persuade others using verbal and written skills.
  • Reads many documents and absorbs a lot information.
  • You will be able to find the law in both books and computer databases.
  • Listening skills are used to understand the stories of clients and the evidence presented by witnesses in court.
  • Draft pleadings, which are documents that clearly state the issues the court or arbitrator must resolve.
  • Counsels clients and attorneys on difficult decisions and provides advice.
  • Collaborates with colleagues to negotiate settlements or the conduct cases.
  • Guide witnesses to testify by asking them questions.
  • Drafts of "arguments" that set out facts and laws relevant to the decisions being made.
  • A case is presented to a client in order to convince a Judge Magistrate or Arbitrator.

To become an advocate, you must meet certain requirements.

A bachelor's degree with English level 6 (60%-79%), mathematics level 5 (60%-69%%) or maths literacy 6 (70%-79%). Each university has its minimum requirements. To secure your spot, it is better to exceed the minimum requirements.

An LLB degree from any South African university is the minimum requirement to be admitted as an advocate. Once you have obtained your LLB degree from any South African University, you can apply to the High Court for admission as an advocate. You will also be added to the Department of Justice's "roll of advocates". The applicant and the aspiring advocate must prove to the High Court that they are both qualified and able to be admitted as advocates. After being admitted as an Advocate, the applicant will be able to practice law in South Africa as well as appear before any court. To benefit from the strong collective spirit of the legal fraternity within a Society of Advocates, it is usual to join one of the Bars after admission. The custom states that an advocate is called the Bar. It is not a job, but a calling. Practising at the Bar is a way of living. An apprenticeship, also known as a pupillage, is required for an advocate to become a member. The Bar offers training and learning opportunities for advocates during this year. This prepares them or her to practice the rigours and informs them about professional standards and conduct among practicing advocates and the code and professional integrity to which all advocates must adhere.

After completing a year of pupillage, the advocate must pass the National Bar Examination of the General Council of the Bar to become a member of the Bar. General Counsel of The Bar. The Bar's General Counsel is basically an association of all South African Bars. These are not individual advocates, but representatives of the Societies of Advocates located in the major centres of South Africa. This is the principal body that represents and regulates the profession of advocates at a national level. General remarks. This overview focused on the practice of advocates in private law and members of the Bar in that sector. While some advocates choose to practice without becoming members, they don't have the same privileges, support or fraternity as members of a Bar. Advocates working in the private sector are often employed as legal advisors within companies or firms. They do not practice in the courts. The National Prosecuting Authority employs State Advocates as public prosecutors. Some advocates also work as advisors in state departments or organs.

Promotional opportunities

- Senior Counsel

- Judge of either the High Court or Constitutional Court.

What is the average salary of an Advocate in South Africa?

A minimum of one year experience is required for an entry-level attorney to be paid an average total salary (tips, bonus and overtime) of R16 000 per month and R117,000 annually. An attorney who has more experience and is at a higher level than a junior attorney generally earns R406, 946 annually.

Are advocates needed in South Africa?

South Africa's litigation sector lawyers are always in high demand. South Africa is always looking for lawyers who are skilled in complex civil litigation, insurance defense, litigation, labour and employment and other related niches.

Academy of Digital Arts Bursary

The Friends of Design Academy of Digital Arts was founded in 2006 by a group of passionate individuals. It officially opened its doors in 2007 The Friends of Design Academy of Digital Arts is located in Cape Town, South Africa. They create an environment that encourages students to excel in digital art, a rapidly changing field. They provide industry-oriented courses that are detailed and taught by industry professionals. This ensures high-quality tertiary education as well as short courses for companies.

The Academy of Digital Arts invites students to apply for the Fast-Track Advertising Bursary Programme. Students will be able to participate in the 2022 Vendor Design Programme, which will last for three months and starts on the 16th May 2022.

Students will be able to use Adobe's industry-standard design software as well as the Adobe accredited online test system. They will also have the opportunity to write Photoshop and Illustrator exams. The programme will also teach students how to effectively promote brands in the digital space.


Minimum requirements for this bursary

Before applying, applicants must meet the minimum entry requirements. Please note that if you fail to meet all the requirements, your application will not be considered.

1) You must be able to use basic computers.

2) You must be an online savvy

3) You must have an eye to design well

4) You must commit to the completion of the program

Where to apply

You can apply for this bursary here: ADA fast track bursary

Notice: Additional documents may be requested. After submitting your application, the list of supporting documents will also be sent to you.

The application process does not take much time. All the questions asked are mandatory and are to be filled in truthfully. 

Contact details:

If you have any questions about this bursary, please use one of the following methods of contact.

Address: 2nd floor, HAK House -186A Bree Street, Cape Town, South Africa.

Telephone: +27 21 300 0298

Email address:

Closing date:

The official closing date for this bursary is the 30th April 2022. All applications received after the closing date will be rejected. It is best to apply as soon and as possible.

Register to attend the open day to learn more about this institution. It will take place from 10:00 to 10:30 on the 30 th April at 186 Bree Street in Cape Town. Sign up now on their website!





About SATI

South African Translators’ Institute (SATI) was founded in 1956 to promote the interests of South Africa's translation profession. SATI works in contemporary South Africa, with 11 official languages. It is also working to establish a culture that encourages multilingualism and preserves a tradition for translation and interpreting the South African languages. Multilingualism must be realized by properly trained language workers, such as translators or interpreters. SATI was concerned about the lack of qualified language workers in South Africa and decided to raise funds to aid a worthy student in translation or interpreting, especially in the languages that were previously excluded.

Who is eligible to receive a SATI bursary?

Students who have financial need are eligible for the SATI bursaries. The SATI bursary is available to second-, third-, and fourth-year students. The applicant must also submit an affidavit proving that they have not received any other funding or bursaries to pay the same expenses as the SATI bursary. The applicant must also prove that they have other funding available to pay the remainder of the fees and expenses for the year.


1 partial bursary to the amount of R10 000 will be granted. The bursary is paid in two equal instalments. 50% will be paid at start of year, and 50% in the second semester. This will occur after SATI receives bursary recipients' 1st semester results. These will show a minimum of 65% in all subjects of language practice. These main criteria will determine which candidates are selected: academic achievements to date and financial need.

Minimum requirements

  • *You must be a South African citizen
  • *You must be pursuing a qualification as a translator, interpreter, or other aspect of translation.
  • *You must be in your second, third, or fourth year of study (first year students will not be funded).
  • *You must be enrolled at South Africa's recognized tertiary institutions and have been studying for at least one year.
  • *For all subjects of language practice, you must have a minimum overall average score of 65%
  • *You cannot have failed any subject you registered for during the year the bursary is awarded.
  • *You will need to work in combination of South African official languages
  • *Financial need is a must
  • *You cannot be receiving any bursary funding, grant or other financial aid that covers the same SATI bursary expenses
  • *For the remainder, you must be able to pay for any expenses that are not covered by the SATI bursary.

Your application will be rejected if you fail to comply with these requirements.

How does the bursary get allocated?

SATI funding for bursaries can be limited so it is crucial that it is given to students who have a high chance to succeed in their studies and are likely to make an impact on the profession after they complete their degree. Although financial need is the main criterion for applicants, they are also evaluated on the basis their marks. Other factors that might be considered include previous SATI awards, professional involvement, and combinations of languages. SATI is unable to provide bursaries that cover all costs for a course of study. The Institute will ask successful applicants to show that they can pay all costs related to their course in the year before the bursary is awarded. They must also disclose information about any other bursaries they have received or anticipate receiving.

Please note that if any other bursary is paid, the SATI Bursary will only be paid once proof of registration has been submitted for the relevant course. Bursaries are paid in two tranches. 50% at the start of the year, and 50% in the second semester after submission of student's first-semester marks showing a minimum of 65% average in all subjects of language practice.

How do I apply?

1) Make sure you have the following documents:

You can save these documents as pdf files to make it easier.

Certified copies of:

* Identification document 

* Certificate of Matriculation

*Academic record of tertiary institution

* Academic qualification

It is necessary to provide proof of:

* Register at a Tertiary Institution for the Current Year

* Financial capacity to pay for other expenses not covered by the SATI

Bursary does not cover

* All details about bursaries that you expect to be awarded or received have received.

Refer to the one that was selected successfully only:

* An affidavit confirming that you are not being funded by any other entity bursary that would be covering the same expenses that this bursary is covering. 

2) Fill out the Word application form by downloading it on the SATI website and completing it.

Send the completed application along with the required documents to this email:

You risk losing your application if you fail to submit any of these documents.

Closing date

This bursary closes on the 31st of March 2022.