LLA 101: An introduction to legal skills: how to think like a lawyer

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LLA 101: An introduction to legal skills: how to think like a lawyer

About this course

Many people who are involved in some way and at some level in a labour dispute have no legal training. While it is not necessary to be an Attorney or Advocate to understand how disputes are resolved or interpret and apply the Labour Relations Act, 1995 and other legislation, it is necessary to be able to think like a lawyer. This course will show you how to do so.

This course has evolved over some years. I began seeing the need for it when I lectured labour law to non-law students at UKZN. At the time I was a CCMA Commissioner and realised that practitioners who attended the CCMA and bargaining council had the same problem as my students – they needed to know how to think like a lawyer. 

The fact is that there is a way that law ‘works’, and in order to work with the law, you need to be able to think like a lawyer. By this I mean that there is a logic to law that, once you get it, means you can do what lawyers do- apply the law to a workplace incident in a way that is appropriate.

The aim of this course

This course will enable you to think like a lawyer so that you can apply the law -the LRA, and Basic Conditions of Employment Act and other employment laws.

To be able to do so also requires an understanding of certain key skills: the ability to read legislation, to see what the law states -and what it does not, to research case law, to apply the law, to skim read, to distinguish one case from another, and above all to give reasons for doing so. These are the foundational skills that you have to master in order to be effective and professional as a Practitioner.

Yours in law,

Sean Molony

 

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What Will You Learn?

  • the ability to read legislation,
  • to see what the law states -and what it does not,
  • to research case law,
  • to apply the law,
  • to skim read,
  • to distinguish one case from another,
  • and above all to give reasons for doing so.

Course Content

LLA 101 Module 1: FILAC
This module introduces you to the key concept in this course

  • Module 1: The FILAC method
    00:00

LLA 101 Module 2: Facts
This module explains the role facts play in any labour dispute.

LLA 101 Module 3: Issue in dispute
The concept of an issue dispute is discussed.

LLA 101 Module 4: Law
This module will explain matters like the hierarchy of laws, give you an overview of the LRA, show you how to refer to and read legislation, and so on.

LLA 101 Module 5: Application
You will learn how to apply FILAC and how to distinguish one case from another.

LLA 101 Module 6: Conclusion
The course ends with a restatement of the aims and skills you have learnt.