The EELC is seeking to appoint two Candidate Attorneys for 2019

About Equal Education Law Centre

We are a team of social justice lawyers specialising in education policy, legal advocacy, community lawyering and public interest litigation. The EELC engages in strategic litigation aimed at long-term educational reform, and works on individual cases arising from experiences of learners, parents and teachers, such as expulsions, disciplinary matters and access to schools.

The EELC works closely with our sister organisation, Equal Education (EE). EE is a movement of learners, parents, teachers and community members, working for quality and equality in South African education, through analysis and activism.

The EELC is looking for two individuals to join our teams as Candidate Attorneys in the Bertha Justice Fellowship progamme in January 2019, to work across the range of programs advancing the rights to basic education, equality and dignity.

About the Bertha Justice Fellowship

The Bertha Justice Fellowship Program is training the next  generation of   human rights   and movement lawyers in pursuit of social justice.  Sponsored by the Bertha Foundation, the Program provides two-year fellowships to emerging lawyers at the best public interest law centres around the world. Fellows serve their two years of articles of clerkship, gain practical experience working alongside renowned professionals and build connections with a global network of like-minded Fellows and more senior lawyers for solidarity and mentorship. The Program will train 1,000 lawyers who are motivated to work alongside activists and storytellers in the next ten years.


  • Assisting in strategic litigation cases
  • Research in support of advocacy and litigation activities
  • Conducting field research in communities
  • Drafting pleadings and legal opinions
  • Assisting in the drafting of research reports
  • Providing input into draft policies and legislation
  • Preparing documents for, and appearing in, court
  • Liaising with clients, counsel and partners
  • Representing EELC in civil society and public forums


  • An LLB degree (completed by January 2019)
  • A demonstrated interest in human rights work and social justice
  • A strong interest in research as a component of lawyering
  • Good oral and written communication skills in English
  • Proficiency in other South African languages will be an advantage
  • Proficiency in MS Office
  • Ability to make a two year commitment


To apply please submit to with the subject Candidate Attorney 2019 application:

  1. A covering letter motivating why you have the necessary motivation, qualifications, skills and experience for this position as well as the names and contact details of 2 referees;
  2. A detailed CV and;
  3. A writing sample of no longer than 5

Please  note that we are looking for candidates who  wish to pursue a career in social justice  in particular rather than just securing articles.  Individuals from previously and  currently disadvantaged population groups are particularly encouraged to  apply.  Please  note that only  shortlisted candidates will be   contacted.


CLOSING DATE: 31 August 2018

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