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The many career paths of the modern lawyer

There is no doubt that earning your Law degree is an admirable achievement and worth doing no matter which direction your career takes you, whether working in-house, in a law firm, or maybe even starting your own business. However, transitioning from a law firm where…

Succeeding In Your Role As A Candidate Attorney

The Duties of a Candidate Attorney will make or break you It’s your first day at work. You’ve heard that the duties of the article clerk are to perform endless paginations; spend hours communicating with the photocopy machine; and sweating the day away at a magistrate’s…
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Plight Of A Black Law Graduate

We recently received this thought provoking letters from one of our readers. It raises many questions about transformation in the legal profession and brings to light the many challenges facing black law graduates. Dear Sir/Madam I bemoan the lack of transformation…
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Is a Candidate Attorney an Employee?

What is an employee? I recently read a letter titled the  ‘Protection of candidate attorneys’ and it made me wonder whether article clerks / candidate attorneys and the agreements they enter into with principals, fall under the definition and protection of…

Becoming an Advocate – Leave the law firm and go to the Bar

At some point during or after your legal studies you will be faced with the choice. Should I become an advocate or an attorney? We have in the past explored the differences between the two career paths (see Is Law For You). If you feel that donning a robe and appearing…
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Experts Advise Law Students – Finding Articles of Clerkship

Law graduates today face increasingly great difficulty in securing articles of clerkship with a law firm. Hundreds of law graduates clamour for positions every year at the large commercial law firms. Many perceive these firms as the most desirable employers of …
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One Chance To Make A First Impression

While we can’t travel back in time and amend your academic results or past work experience, we can help you sugar coat reality. Law firms sift through hundreds of CVs a year. They formulate decisive opinions at a cold glance and incinerate mediocre applications.…
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Preparing For Questions At The Interview

Interviewers ask different types of questions to assess different things during an interview. Werksmans Human Resources Practitioner, Olivia Timothy, provides guidance on the kinds of questions you should prepare for.…
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Should I study to become a lawyer in South Africa?

Law can be an exciting and rewarding career, but one that requires a lot of commitment and dedication. So before you get stuck in, we suggest that you find out as much as possible about the advantages and disadvantages of becoming a lawyer. Only do it if it feels like a …
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10 steps to becoming an attorney in South Africa

This article teaches aspiring attorneys the basic steps to becoming an attorney in South Africa. Many law students drift through university and are surprised when the degree comes to its end and all the other students seem to be landing high paying jobs. The difference…
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