Senior Litigation Lawyer at Centre for Applied Legal Studies

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, experienced and passionate lawyer to join our team. 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 in January 2015. CALS welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to the diversity and transformation of the organisation.


  • An LLB or equivalent qualification; an advanced degree in law will be an advantage
  • Admission as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa with 5 years’ experience post articles OR admission as an advocate in South Africa with 3 years’ experience post pupillage. We are looking for someone with significant litigation experience and expertise, preferably in relation to public interest litigation
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English (fluency in other South African languages will be an advantage)
  • Experience in, or familiarity with, one or more of CALS’ areas of programmatic work, namely: Gender; Business and Human Rights; Rule of Law; Basic Services; Environmental Justice
  • 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 
  • Ability to work with a diversity of clients
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, together with the necessary initiative to contribute to the development of the relevant area of work, as well as the development of CALS as an organisation


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

Contract: fixed-term, one year appointment

Closing date: 30 November 2014

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa

Salary: not specified