Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa: Candidate Attorneys

Socio-Economic Rights Institute of SA (SERI)
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 18 July, 2014
Opportunity type: 

The SERI Law Clinic has a first-rate human rights practice, which encompasses constitutional and administrative law, criminal defence, defamation, labour law, property law, contract law (insofar as it involves consumer protection) and actions against the police and other delictual claims. SERI concentrates its work in South Africa’s townships, informal settlements, the Johannesburg Inner City and other poor and marginalised communities. SERI’s practitioners appear regularly at all levels of the courts system, up to and including the Constitutional Court. SERI has an enviable track record in obtaining and enforcing ground-breaking judgments.

SERI seeks to appoint a two Candidate Attorneys for 2015, based in Johannesburg.

Start date: 12 January 2015.

Candidate Attorneys are recruited for a fixed-term of two years, leading to qualification and admission as an Attorney.

SERI wishes to contribute to the development of a new generation of human rights lawyers at the national and international level. Accordingly, the positions carry with them significant opportunities for international travel and continuing professional training and development. In particular, the successful applicant(s) will automatically become Fellows of the Be Just Network, an international association of young human rights lawyers. The Be Just Network encourages international collaboration on existing legal work and ongoing learning exchanges between its member organisations.


  • LLB Degree;
  • Interest in and, some prior engagement with, human rights law or litigation;
  • Interest in, and experience of, research, writing and publication is desired;
  • Fluency in any of South Africa’s indigenous languages is desired.

Candidate Attorneys will receive a non-negotiable first-year salary of R175 000.

To apply, submit a CV, together with a motivational letter specifying why you are interested in this post, also provide a detailed explanation of why you are interested in working for SERI in particular, and what qualities and experience you would bring to the post to Sanele Garane at

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

Generalised covering letters, which do not engage with SERI’s activities and purpose, will not be considered. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, and will be expected to make themselves available for interview in August 2014.

Download the Candidate Attorneys advertisment in PDF format here.

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