May 28, 2018

Counsel and Senior Attorney

  • Centre for Applied Legal Studies
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
Full time Legal

Job Description

CALS seeks to appoint a Counsel and Senior Attorney, to be based in Johannesburg.

Salary: Commensurate with experience. CALS is a grant-funded institution and the level of remuneration is dependent on available funding.

Conduct innovative strategic litigation on behalf of CALS’ clients
Provide training and support to attorneys and candidate attorneys on litigious matters
Provide expert input into draft policies and legislation
Participate in the evaluation of our work, strategies and impact
Initiate and conduct test case litigation
Provide training and support to junior attorneys with less litigation experience
Supervise and contribute to the training and development of candidate attorneys and interns
Engage with communities and individuals affected by human rights violations
Engage with the media, including through interviews and writing opinion editorials
Negotiate and engage with government, the private sector and regional and national institutions
Provide expert input into draft policies and legislation
Build relationships with colleague organisations
Participate in the evaluation of our work, strategies and impact

An LLB or equivalent qualification; an advanced degree in law will be an advantage
Admission as an attorney is a non-negotiable requirement
Minimum of seven to 10 years’ experience we are looking for someone with significant litigation experience and expertise, preferably in public interest litigation
Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (fluency in other South African languages will be an advantage)
Experience in, or familiarity with, one or more of CALS’ areas of programmatic work, namely: Gender, Business and Human Rights, Rule of Law, Basic Services, Environmental Justice
Ability to support and train others in a collegial environment
Ability to think about the law as an instrument of social justice to advance human rights and reduce poverty
Ability to work with a diversity of clients
Ability to work with minimal supervision, together with the necessary initiative to contribute to the development of the relevant area of work, as well as the development of CALS as an organisation

To apply submit cover letter indicating why you want this job as well as the names and contact details of three referees, detailed CV, certified copies of degrees/diplomas and an academic transcript and writing sample of not more than 10 pages, on the Wits i-Recruitment platform located at

Should you have difficulties using this portal, please email Nomalanga Ndamane–Letsatsi at 

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application

For The Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) is a civil society organisation based at the School of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand. CALS is also a law clinic, registered with the Law Society of the Northern Provinces. As such, CALS connects the worlds of both academia and social justice. CALS’ vision is a socially, economically and politically just society where repositories of power, including the state and the private sector, uphold human rights.

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