Future Attorneys Recruitment Programme (Candidate Attorney) – Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an opening/closing date for Candidate Attorney applications?
Yes. The Legal Aid SA Future Attorneys Recruitment Programme closed on 28 February 2022. It will reopen again in 2023. 

Who can submit an application for the Future Attorneys Recruitment Programme?
Legal Aid SA will only accept applications from LLB graduates. Applicants will need to attach their academic transcripts when applying.

What is the minimum degree mark average that Legal Aid SA considers?
Legal Aid SA accepts a minimum degree average of 60%.

I submitted an application in (YEAR) and have not heard back from Legal Aid SA. How do I obtain feedback on my application?
Please send an email to CARecruitment@legal-aid.co.za with your full name, ID number, email address and the details of which province you selected for placement. The Provincial Human Resources team will contact you regarding the status of your application. 

When can I follow up on the status of my application?
If you have submitted an application and not heard from us within 3 months, you are welcome to follow up with Legal Aid SA by sending an email to CARecruitment@legal-aid.co.za with your full name, ID number, email address and the details of which province you selected for placement. Do note that Legal Aid SA receives a large number of applications, and follows a stringent candidate screening and selection process. 

I applied in (YEAR) and had not finished my degree at the time. How do I update my application and documents now that I am a graduate?
Please reapply, including your degree transcript and CV. 

I was invited to complete an assessment at a Legal Aid SA office and have not received any feedback following this. Should I assume that I was unsuccessful?
Please follow up with the Legal Aid SA Human Resources representative or the Provincial Office that invited you for an assessment.

How many Candidate Attorneys does Legal Aid SA hire each year?
Legal Aid SA hires 300 Candidate Attorneys each year.

Do I need to have completed my Practical Legal Training (PLT) before applying to be a Candidate Attorney? 
No, applicants need not have completed their PLT before submitting an application. Applicants are able to indicate on their application that they wish to complete their PLT with Legal Aid SA while completing their articles. 

Is it compulsory for Candidate Attorneys to have a driver’s licence?
No, a driver’s licence is not required, and applicants will not be penalised for not having a driver’s licence. 

I am trying to attach my documents to my application, but they are not uploading.
Please ensure that your documents are in Word or PDF format, do not exceed 15Mb file size and that the document name contains no apostrophes or other special characters. If you still experience difficulties, please send an email to communications2@legal-aid.co.za with a screenshot of the error message you receive.

I mistakenly uploaded the wrong document/s when applying. How can I fix this?
You can send an email with your full name and ID number to communications2@legal-aid.co.za and our Website Technical Team will delete your application from our database, so you can submit an application with the correct documents.


Legal Aid SA's Future Attorneys Recruitment Programme reopens on 1 February 2022