Candidate Attorney

Listing reference: nwu_002283

Listing status: Online

Apply by: 31 January 2024

Position summary

Industry: Education & Training

Job category: Other: Legal

Location: Potchefstroom

Contract: Fixed Term Contract

Remuneration: Market Related


NORTH-WEST UNIVERSITY (POSITION LOCATION: MBOMBELA, MPUMALANGA) FACULTY OF LAW NWU LAW CLINIC POSITION NUMBER: TB00157 VACANCY: CANDIDATE ATTORNEY PEROMNES GRADE: FT99 EMPLOYMENT TYPE: FIXED TERM APPOINTMENT PURPOSE OF THE POSITION The North-West University, Potchefstroom Law Clinic is committed to legal education and access to justice. In terms of the Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014 a candidate attorney needs to complete practical vocational training in order to be admitted as a legal practitioner. This position is essential to provide legal services to the community and to provide LLB graduates the opportunity to gain access to the legal profession whilst doing community service. The position is funded through external funding. The appointment is made for a fixed-term period of 24 months. This position is for the satellite office of the Potchefstroom Law Clinic, situated in Mbombela (Mpumalanga).

Job description


Legal Services, community engagement, social responsiveness

Legal services and community engagement including:

·       Representing clients of the Child Unit Justice of the Potchefstroom Law Clinic in any matter assigned to you;

·       Plan and schedule day to day tasks and diarise all active client files;

·       Drafting letters, documents and pleadings at the request of the supervisor;

·       Appear in courts and tribunals where applicable;

·       Organise meetings and consultations;

·       Arrange trial dates;

·       Receive and attend to client files;

·       Make copies and bind documents where required;

·       Take minutes at meetings and consultations and place on client file;

·       Send and receive correspondence (fax, e-mail, etc.), acknowledge receipt and file on relevant client file;

·       Negotiate on behalf of clients;

·       Mediate matters assigned to you;

·       Furnish legal advice and opinions to clients in matters entrusted to you;

·       Stay abreast of and research the law and case law of relevance to matters entrusted to you;

·       Avoid prescription and default judgements;

·       Make follow-up on urgent matters and respond to enquiries timeously;

·       Draw files on the request of the supervisor;

·       Keep register of new files, time utilisation and telephone utilisation;

·       Manage telephone calls and convey messages to colleagues;

·       Maintain a record of work performance by completing monthly time sheets;

·       Maintain a file register of all files handed to you.

·       Comply with all office instructions, prescripts and directives from supervisors and line managers;

·       Attend all required training; and

·       Adhere to ethical principles and professional standards expected from a candidate attorney in the employ of the North-West University, Potchefstroom Law Clinic.

Occupational Health and Safety

·       Cooperate with management, OHS officials and colleagues to help everyone meet their legal requirements, whilst upholding and maintaining general occupational health and safety standards and practices.

Minimum requirements

·        An LLB degree (NQF 8).


·       Basic knowledge of advocacy, consultation, administration, drafting and file management.


·        Legal language skills.

·        Basic research skills.

·        Computer literacy in MS Word and Office, as well as the use of email and internet.

·        Good communication skills (verbal and written).

·        Demonstration of language proficiency in order to function optimally in the various multilingual environments of the NWU.


·       Good interpersonal relations.

·       The ability to accommodate multiculturalism.

ENQUIRIES REGARDING JOB CONTENT MAY BE DIRECTED TO:                            Mrs. Chrisna Nicholson on 018 299 4228


CLOSING DATE:                                                                                                               31 January 2024

PLANNED COMMENCEMENT OF DUTIES:                                                                    01 March 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter

Kindly take note: applications must be submitted online through the official nwu vacancy website.

Incomplete applications and those submitted through any other platform will not be considered.

The University subscribes to and applies the principles of Employment Equity (EE) Act and is committed to transformation. Preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups, in accordance with the principles of the EE Act and NWU Employment Equity Plan.

The University reserves the right not to make an appointment. Communication will be limited to shortlisted candidates only.

If you are not contacted within two months from the closing date of this advertisement, please accept that your application was unsuccessful.

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