Legal Resources Centre (LRC)
The Legal Resources Centre, South Africa’s oldest and largest public interest law firm, has the following opportunity:
LEGAL RESOURCES CENTRE: ARTHUR CHASKALSON PUPILLAGE FELLOWSHIP
- The Legal Resources Centre will be launching the LRC Pupillage Fellowship in 2016 to assist persons intending to undertake pupillage and with an interest in public interest practice.
- Former Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson was the first advocate employed in-house as counsel at the LRC. He was also responsible for advocating for amendments to the rules of the Bar to enable advocates to work in-house for public interest organisations. This Fellowship honours his vision for the role of advocates in public interest litigation.
- The Chaskalson LRC Pupillage Fellowship will award at least one fellowship annually to prospective pupils joining a Bar in a region where the LRC operates. In 2016 (for the 2017 pupillage year), one fellowship will be offered in relation to the Cape Bar, where the LRC’s current or former in-house junior counsel is available to act as pupil-mentors.
- The Fellowship will be awarded to excellent candidates committed to the achievement of a just society and realising the vision of the Constitution.
- The Fellowship will take the form of a bursary of R100,000.00 to support the candidate to undertake pupillage.
- The Fellow will serve pupillage in accordance with all the ordinary requirements applicable to pupils at the Bar and will be required to work both from the LRC offices and from chambers, under the supervision of the mentor, and to engage with other members of the Bar in order to acquire the necessary exposure and experience across all areas of practice.
- Following completion of pupillage, it is envisaged that the candidate may take up a position as junior counsel in the CLU, subject to the availability of a position and funds.
- LLB degree (further postgraduate qualifications will be an advantage)
- Intention to undertake pupillage in 2017 at the Cape Bar and accepted for pupillage by the Cape Bar
- A demonstrated commitment to social justice, apparent from academic studies, prior work experience and/or extra-curricular activities.
- Expertise and/or interest in public law and public interest law.
- Only previously disadvantaged candidates will be considered and female candidates will be preferred in accordance with the LRC’s commitment to transformation of the legal profession and to its own composition being broadly representative of South African society.
Applications should be submitted to Madile Modisaesi at the LRC, by 2 October 2016 at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications should include at least:
- Cover letter
- Curriculum vitae
- Academic transcript