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Equal Education Law Centre (EELC): Candidate Attorney Internship Programme 2021/2022


Website Equal Education Law Centre (EELC)

EELC is also closely connected to the campaigns of its sister organisation, Equal Education (EE).

Equal Education Law Centre (EELC) invites Suitable Applicants to apply for Candidate Attorney Internship Programme for 2021/2022 in Cape Town.

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 representation free of charge to persons who would not otherwise be able to afford them. The legal processes pursued by the EELC seek to create systemic change in the education sector. The EELC is also closely connected to the campaigns of its 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 provides legal advice and interventions and, where necessary, strategic litigation, to support the campaigns led by EE members.

The Equal Education Law Centre (EELC) focuses on public interest litigation and advocacy to advance the right to basic education in South Africa. The EELC also aims to develop young, skilled attorneys and law graduates in public interest litigation.

EELC seeks to appoint a Candidate Attorney for its’ Bertha Justice Fellowship programme, to be based in Cape Town.


  • Assist in strategic litigation cases
  • Research in support of advocacy and litigation activities
  • Conduct field research in communities
  • Draft pleadings and legal opinions
  • Assist in the drafting of research reports
  • Provide input into draft policies and legislation
  • Prepare documents for, and appearing in, court
  • Liaise with clients, counsel and partners
  • Assist with community engagement programmes
  • Represent EELC in civil society and public forums


  • An LLB degree (completed by January 2022)
  • A demonstrated interest in human rights work and social justice
  • A strong interest in research as a component of lawyering


  • Oral and written communication skills in English
  • Proficiency in other South African languages will be an advantage
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to make a two-year commitment

How to apply

To Apply Submit the following:

  • 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.  Please also include the names and contact details of two referees
  • A detailed CV

Submit to: [email protected] with the subject “Candidate Attorney 2022 application”:

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