07 November 2018

Litigation Attorney

The LRC seeks to appoint two Attorneys in its Johannesburg office for a fixed term period of two years. The remuneration will be commensurate with qualification and experience


Key responsibilities:

  • Constitutional and public interest litigation and legal drafting
  • Advocacy, networking and presentations at seminars and conferences
  • Supervising and training of candidate attorneys and paralegals
  • Legal research in specified LRC focus areas
  • Drafting submissions to Parliament and regional and international mechanisms
  • Conducting small group and individual interviews
  • Establishing and maintaining contact with communities and ensuring that effective modes of communication within communities exist or are created for the dissemination of information
  • Reporting and compliance


Key competencies:

  • Excellent legal writing, research and communication skills
  • Strong advocacy and litigation skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure, independently and with others
  • Ability to network with partner organisations and donors
  • A commitment to strengthening public interest legal practice and transformation within the legal profession
  • A commitment to staff development and team work


Preferred qualifications and experience:

  • Admission as a practising attorney, preferably with right of appearance in the High Courts of South Africa
  • An LLM degree in a human rights / international law related field will be an advantage
  • 1-5 years’ experience in constitutional and public interest litigation. (Experience in socio-economic rights litigation, including housing, evictions, land, and the constitutional impacts of institutional lending, will be an advantage.)
  • Displayed human rights / socio-economic rights background at the domestic, regional or international level
  • Fluency in two official South African languages, including English
  • Willingness to travel within and outside of the Republic
  • Valid Driver’s licence



The LRC is committed to transformation; applications from previously disadvantaged candidates are therefore strongly encouraged. To apply, please email: (1) a motivational letter; (2) your CV with copies of qualifications; (3) a writing sample of less than 10 pages on housing and evictions jurisprudence in South Africa; and (4) two contactable references to:


Closing date: 12 November 2018

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you have not been contacted by 19 November 2018, please consider your application unsuccessful. For more details about the Legal Resources Centre, please visit

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