Candidate Attorney


SERI-SA: Candidate Attorney

Opportunity closing date:
Thursday, 15 July, 2021
Opportunity type:

The SERI Law Clinic has a first-rate human rights practice, which encompasses constitutional and administrative law, criminal defense, 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 and other poor and marginalised communities. SERI’s practitioners appear regularly at all levels of the court system, up to and including the Constitutional Court. SERI has an enviable track record in obtaining and enforcing ground-breaking judgments.

The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) Law Clinic wishes to fill up to two vacancies for candidate attorneys (CAs).

These vacancies will arise on or after 1 January 2022.

SERI is authorised by the Legal Practice Council to accept and train CAs. CAs are recruited for a fixed-term of two years, leading to qualification and admission as an Attorney.

These posts carry salaries in the region of R 268 908.00 per annum.


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

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 travel and continuing professional training and development. The successful candidate will also join the Bertha Justice Fellowship Programme.

You can learn more about that programme at 

If you are interested in either of these posts, please send a CV, together with a covering letter to Princess Nkuna at  In your letter, provide a detailed explanation of why you are interested in working for SERI, and what qualities and experience you would bring to the post. Generalised covering letters, which do not engage with SERI’s activities and purpose, will not be considered.  for applications

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, and will be expected to make themselves available for an interview in August or September 2021.

For more about Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa, refer to