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

I submitted an application in (YEAR) and have not heard back from Legal Aid SA. How do I obtain feedback on my application?
Legal Aid SA receives a large number of applications, and follows a stringent candidate screening and selection process. Please be patient. You will receive feedback on your application.

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?
Legal Aid SA only accepts one application per ID number. This means that once you submit an application, you cannot apply again, nor amend your application. As Legal Aid SA screens applicants, we request the latest documents in order to confirm if you qualify for our Future Attorneys Recruitment Programme. We will therefore contact you to request your latest documents.

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.

Is there a closing date for Candidate Attorney applications?
Yes. The Legal Aid SA Future Attorneys Recruitment Programme closed on 1 August 2021 and will reopen in 2022. We will announce the reopening date in due course.

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

Who can submit an application for the Future Attorneys Recruitment Programme?
As of 1 April 2021, Legal Aid SA will only accept applications from BProc/LLB graduates. Applicants will need to attach their academic transcripts when applying.

I submitted an application before these changes to the Future Attorneys Recruitment Programme were implemented. What happens to my application? Do I have to reapply?
All applications are saved to our database. There is no need to reapply.

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 license?
No, a driver’s license is not required, and applicants will not be penalised for not having a driver’s license. 

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.

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