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Legal Aid South Africa’s Future Attorneys Recruitment Programme 2023


Legal Aid SA’s Future Attorneys Recruitment Programme has reopened for applications. It will close on 6 March 2023.


• We only accept applications from LLB graduates.
• Applicants need to attach their transcripts to their application.
• We accept a minimum degree average of 60%.


When selecting placement, you can select from Legal Aid SA’s 6 provincial groupings:

• Eastern Cape

• Free State/North West

• Gauteng • KwaZulu-Natal

• Limpopo/Mpumalanga

• Northern Cape/Western Cape


Applications can only be submitted on the Legal Aid SA website:


• We only accept one application per ID number. This prevents duplicate applications from filling up our database.
• Once you submit an application, you cannot apply again during this round, nor amend your application.
• It is not compulsory for Candidate Attorneys to have a driver’s licence.
• Applicants do not need to have completed their Practical Legal Training (PLT).

Is there an opening/closing date for Candidate Attorney applications?
Yes. The Legal Aid SA Future Attorneys Recruitment Programme reopens on 6 February 2023 and closes on 6 March 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%.

When will successful applicants be expected to start?
2023 applications are for 2023 placement. Legal Aid SA fills CA positions as and when vacancies arise at our offices, so the recruitment process is usually ongoing throughout the year.

I submitted an application in (YEAR) and have not heard back from Legal Aid SA. 
Please consider your application unsuccessful. You may reapply for this round of recruitment.

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. 

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 the relevant Human Resources representative for the province you selected for placement. Please include your full name, ID number and email address.

Eastern Cape: Cherissa Kuyler 

Free State/North West: Tebello Sekhoto 

Gauteng: Kedibone Thinda

KwaZulu-Natal: Nombuso Mbhele

Limpopo/Mpumalanga: Mary Thobejane

Northern Cape/Western Cape: Siphokazi S. Gcilitshana

Do note that Legal Aid SA receives a large number of applications, and follows a stringent candidate screening and selection process.

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 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 and our Website Technical Team will delete your application from our database, so you can submit an application with the correct documents.

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