Candidate Attorneys (2024)

The Legal Resources Centre (LRC) is a law clinic that pursues novel and effective legal solutions by using a range of strategies including impact litigation, law reform, participation in partnerships and development processes within and outside South Africa.  We are a non-profit, public interest law centre, providing legal services to poor and marginalised persons and communities, with emphasis on land and education rights. The LRC aims to train candidate attorneys not only for their future roles as lawyers in traditional legal practices but also as prospective human rights lawyers and advocates – capable of participating in any legal environment, by equipping them with wide ranging skills that exceed the traditional candidate attorney training.

While academic results will get us interested in you, this is not all that we are looking for. We seek high calibre graduates who are energetic, self-motivated, hard-working, well-rounded, committed and suited to the practice of law within the diverse environment of a strategic public interest law centre like the LRC.

The LRC requires candidate attorneys that meet the following criteria:

  • An LLB degree (an LLM will be advantageous)
  • Demonstrable interest in human rights work and social justice
  • Good academic record and writing skills
  • Computer literate
  • Good organizational skills
  • Professional personality
  • Honest, reliable and driven
  • Fast learner
  • Willing to work long hours as per the demands of public interest law practice
  • Logical thinker and ability to convey concepts, work independently, prioritise instructions and demonstrate initiative

We invite applications from suitably qualified law graduates for FOUR CANDIDATE ATTORNEY positions. Successful candidates will commence their duties on 2 JANUARY 2024 and will be based in any of the LRC’s offices in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg or Makhanda (applicants are required to provide their office preference. More than one preference may be listed).

It is the intention of the LRC to promote representativity in respect of race, gender and disability through the filling of the posts. Preference will be given to applicants from designated groups.

To apply:

Please email the following to

  • Curriculum vitae not longer than three pages
  • At least two contactable references
  • A letter motivating the appointment based on the applicant’s interest in public interest law
  • A copy of the applicant’s university transcript
  • Preference of which regional office the applicant wants to work from
  • Any other relevant supporting documents

Closing date: 04 September 2023

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. If you have not been contacted by 30 October 2023, please consider your application unsuccessful.  Applicants must clearly specify the position and the preferred office for which they want to apply.

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