Equal Education Law Centre (EELC) Bertha Justice Fellowship Programme 2023 for Law graduates & Skilled Attorneys

The application is ongoing EELC seeks to appoint two (2) Candidate Attorney for its’ Bertha Justice Fellowship program.

Brief Description of The Equal Education Law Centre (EELC) 

The Equal Education Law Centre (EELC) is a registered law clinic whose staff of social justice lawyers specializes in education law and policy, through conducting public interest litigation, legal research and advocacy, and community lawyering, to advance the right to equitable, safe, and quality basic education in South Africa. The EELC also aims to develop young, skilled attorneys and law graduates in public interest litigation.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist in strategic litigation cases. This includes conducting legal research, as well as writing, sorting, filing and paginating pleadings, briefs, legal opinions, and other court documents, and attending court and other hearings.
  • Attend to, consult with and assist clients who attend EELC’s daily walk-in clinic
  • Liaise with clients, counsel, and partners
  • Research in support of advocacy and litigation activities
  • Assist in the drafting of research reports
  • Provide input into submissions for policies and legislative reform
  • Assist with community engagement programmes
  • Represent EELC in civil society and public forums
  • Generally, support the Centre’s attorneys and the effective operation of the Centre’s programmes.

Qualification, skills, and experience:

  • An LLB degree (completed by January 2023)
  • A demonstrated interest in human rights work and social justice
  • A strong interest in research as a component of lawyering
  • Demonstrable oral and written communication skills in English
  • Analytical skills, good presentation skills, and attention to detail
  • Proficiency in other South African languages will be an advantage
  • Computer literacy and excellent legal research skills.
  • A commitment to high-quality client service.
  • Ability to make a two-year commitment to articles at EELC

How to apply

Please send the following documents to [email protected] with the subject “Candidate Attorney 2023 application”:

  • A covering letter detailing your interest in human rights, social justice, and the work of the EELC, and motivating why you have the necessary motivation, qualifications, skills and experience for this position.
  • A detailed CV that includes the details of two (2) contactable references

Please note that we are looking for candidates who wish to pursue a career in social justice, rather than just securing articles.

Individuals from previously and currently disadvantaged groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

If you have not been contacted by 28 October 2022, please consider your application to have been unsuccessful.

Overall view:

Opportunity type: 2-year full time contract

Location: Cape Town

Application, End Date: 23rd September 2022

For More Information: Equal Education Law Centre, visit = www.eelawcentre.org.za

Contact us:

3rd Floor, Isivivana Centre
8 Mzala Street, Khayelitsha, 7784

Equal Education Law Centre (EELC)