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Basic Services Programme Attorney :Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS)

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Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS), Wits School of Law
Job: IRC78964

The Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) is a leading human rights centre in the Wits Law School which undertakes research, advocacy and strategic litigation. CALS is seeking a dynamic and passionate lawyer to join their Basic Services Programme. This is a fixed-term, one year appointment with the intention of a longer-term appointment. The incumbent should ideally be in a position to start as soon as possible. Remuneration is commensurate with experience. CALS is a grant-funded institution and the level of remuneration is dependent on available funding.


  • An LLB or equivalent qualification; an advanced degree in law will be an advantage
  • Admission as an attorney, ideally with at least 2 years' experience post articles (we are looking for someone with litigation experience, preferably in public interest litigation)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (fluency in other South African languages will be an advantage)
  • Experience working on issues of housing, water, and land will be an advantage
  • Ability to work with a diversity of clients
  • Ability to think about the law as an instrument of social justice to advance human rights and reduce poverty
  • Ability to undertake research and produce written reports for publication and litigation


  • Initiate and conduct litigation
  • Engage with communities and individuals affected by human rights violations
  • Supervise and contribute to the training and development of candidate attorneys and interns
  • Support the work of attorneys and researchers in other Programmes where necessary
  • Engage with the media, including through interviews and writing opinion editorials
  • Negotiate and engage with government, the private sector and international, regional and national institutions
  • Provide expert input into draft policies and legislation
  • Undertake research in support of advocacy and litigation activities
  • Build relationships with colleague organisations
  • Participate in the evaluation of our work, strategies and impact


How to apply

Please submit:

  1. A cover letter indicating why you are interested in this position, as well as the names and contact details of three referees;
  2. A detailed CV;
  3. An official academic transcript;
  4. Certified copies of your degree certificates; and
  5. A writing sample of max 10 pages using Wits' online portal at https://irec.wits.ac.za. Should you experience difficulties with the online application, please contact Ms Nomalanga Ndamane-Letsatsi, nomalanga.ndamane-letsatsi@wits.ac.za Human Resources Officer, at 011 717 8269

Please note that we are looking for a candidate who wishes to pursue a career in social justice in particular rather than just securing a job. We particularly welcome applications from individuals who will contribute to the diversity and transformation of the social justice sector. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The University reserves the right not to appoint if suitable candidates are not found.

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