Equal Education Law Centre (EELC) Justice Fellowship Programme 2023

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 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.

About Equal Education Law Centre (EELC)

Founded in 2012, the EELC is registered as a law clinic with the Cape Law Society and its staff of social justice lawyers specialise in education policy, legal advocacy, community lawyering and public interest litigation. The EELC engages in strategic litigation regarding major issues surrounding long-term educational reform, as well as working on individual cases arising from experiences of learners, parents and teachers, such as expulsions, disciplinary matters and access to schools. The EELC provides legal services and represe... read more

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Justice Fellowship Programme

Requirements for Justice Fellowship Programme Qualification

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.

Documents Required for Application

  • A cover 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

Application Deadline

September 30, 2023

How to Apply

Please send the above documents to [email protected] with the subject “Candidate Attorney 2024 application”.

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 31 October 2023, please consider your application to have been unsuccessful.

For more details, visit EELC website.

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