- These Regulations shall be read together with the General Academic Regulations for the Undergraduate Degree Programmes, herein referred to as the General Regulations.
- These regulations are in respect of the Diploma in Paralegal Studies offered by the Faculty of law.
- The Diploma in Paralegal Studies will be awarded to candidates who have successfully completed the Programme and passed examination in accordance with the General Regulations.
The programme aims to:
- Improve access to justice by training a pool of paralegals with requisite skills and knowledge in paralegal work.
- Enhance efficiency in the justice delivery system through specialised training for courts Help-Desk personnel, Government departments and civil society practitioners.
- Provide basic legal knowledge to other professionals who have an interest in the law.
- Identify contemporary issues and apply research skills to solve problems in their specialized fields.
- Consolidate and formalize paralegal education training in Zimbabwe as a basis for further legal education.
The Diploma in Paralegal Studies offers employment opportunities for paralegals in Civil Society Organizations offering legal aid; law firms; Court Help-Desks and other Government departments.
To be eligible for admission, applicants must have passed at least five “O” level subjects including English Language and Mathematics OR holds a qualification accepted by the University as equivalent to the foregoing. Relevant professional qualification(s) and/or experience will also be considered.
The duration of the Diploma in Paralegal Studies is eighteen (18) months offered on a block release basis.
- All modules in the Diploma in Paralegal Studies are compulsory.
- All modules carry the same credits with the exception of the research project.
- Final assessment shall be continuous assessment and written examinations.
- Continuous assessment shall constitute 40% of the final assessment.
- Written examination shall constitute 60% of the final assessment.
- In order to pass a module, a student should obtain at least 50% of continuous assessment and written examinations combined.