The Equal Education Law Centre Justice Fellowship Programme 2024
The Equal Education Law Center (EELC) Justice Fellowship Programme is organized to nurture, support and enhance the development of the next generation of legal professionals, activists, and advocates in South Africa. The programme will offer an intellectually stimulating and practical opportunity for passionate, talented, and committed young people to acquire professional experience in civil rights law and strengthen their capacity to build a more just South Africa.
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 promote the right to equitable, safe, and quality basic education in South Africa. The EELC also seeks to develop young, skilled attorneys and law graduates in public interest litigation.
LOCATION OF FELLOWSHIP: Cape Town
- 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 partner organizations
- Conduct research in support of advocacy and litigation activities
- Assist in the drafting of research reports
- Provide input into and assist with drafting submissions on laws and legislative reform
- Assist with community engagement programmes
- Represent EELC in civil society and public forums
- Generally, support EELC’s attorneys and the effective operation of the Centre’s programmes.
QUALIFICATION, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
- An LLB degree (completed by January 2024)
- A demonstrated interest in human rights work and social justice
- 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.
PROCEDURES FOR APPLICATION
Please send the following documents to email@example.com with the subject “Candidate Attorney 2024 application”.
- A cover letter detailing your interest in human rights, social justice, and the work of the EELC, and motivating why you have the required motivation, qualifications, skills and experience for this position.
- A detailed CV that includes the details of two (2) contactable references
Please note that EELC are seeking candidates who wish to further a career in social justice, rather than just securing articles.
Individuals from previously and currently disadvantaged groups are especially urged to apply.
Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
If you have not been contacted by 31 October 2023, please consider your application to have been unsuccessful.
Application Deadline: September 30, 2023