Oct 12, 2010 No Comments ›› Yana Van Leeve


SLSJ and SECTION 27 are pleased to announce the SECTION27/Students for Law and Social Justice Graduate Fellowship Programme which will commence in January 2011. The Fellowship Programme strives to build the leadership capacity of recent law graduates who are committed to social justice by creating opportunities to work in a public interest law firm.

The Law and Social Justice Graduate Fellowship Programme will enable a recent law graduate interested in social justice to work in a public interest law centre for a year in order to facilitate a better and more sustainable skills transfer by exposing a graduate to strategic thinking on legal and social justice issues and how to use the law to achieve particular outcomes relevant to social justice in relation to the work of SECTION 27.

The successful fellow will develop research, writing and legal skills through conducting research on policy and legal aspects.  The fellow will be expected to provide ongoing logistical and administrative support to the SLSJ National Committee by creating a link between the SLSJ and SECTION27 on an ongoing basis.

In so doing, he or she will also help shape a growing movement in leading students across South Africa to engage in legal and organising work to advance social justice and to provide opportunities for law students and legal graduates to engage in public interest legal work.

In addition, the fellow will assist SECTION27’s senior management with a range of administrative and logistical tasks.

The Fellowship will commence on 24 January 2011 and end on 15 December 2011. The Fellow will be based at SECTION27’s offices in Johannesburg for the duration of the Programme. The monthly salary is R10 000 on a cost-to-company basis (i.e. with no additional benefits and allowances). All recent law graduates and final year law students are invited to apply.


Applications will be accepted until Monday 22 November at 16:00 which must be sent to slsj.info@gmail.com.

All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee comprised of the incumbent SLSJ National Chairperson, SLSJ National Seminar Coordinator and two persons from the Equal Education Policy Research and Communications (PCR) Department.

No more than five candidates will be selected for an interview with the Executive Director of SECTION27, its head of litigation and legal services, its head of policy and research, and one member from the 2011 SLSJ National Committee. The interviews will take place in the first week of December 2010, after which the Fellow will be selected.

The Application must include:

  • A Curriculum Vitae and a cover letter detailing the applicant’s interest in and suitability for the fellowship; and
  • An example of a piece of writing no longer than 1500 words.

Selection Criteria

  • Good research and writing skills;
  • A commitment to issues of social justice and evidence that the applicant has been involved in social justice work;
  • Participation in SLSJ activity;
  • Knowledge of SECTION27’s mandate and areas of work;
  • Ability to contribute towards the work of SECTION27; and
  • Commitment and ability to fulfil the one-year term envisioned by the programme.

If you have any questions about the Law and Social Justice Fellowship Programme, you may contact the SLSJ National Chairperson, Yana van Leeve at yana.vanleeve@gmail.com.

Supported by the Claude Leon Foundation.