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CALS has a dedicated team of staff members, including attorneys, researchers and administrators with expertise in a number of different areas. CALS adopts an interdisciplinary approach to our work and employs people with a range of different backgrounds. Please note that only candidates with a demonstrated interest in social justice will be considered for any open positions. 

CALS is also committed to growing the social justice sector. We not only offer internship and volunteer opportunities to students and recent graduates, but would like to assist them to navigate their career options after qualifying. Please feel free to contact Lisa Chamberlain at lisa.chamberlain@wits.ac.za if you would like some advice. You can also read our guide on preparing job applications in the social justice sector. See below for more information about our Internship Programme.

·         An LLB or equivalent qualification; An advanced degree in law or a related discipline will be an advantage

·         Admission as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa with some practical legal experience (the incumbent does not have to be on the practicing roll when applying)

·         Excellent oral and written communication skills

·         Ability to undertake academic and field research and produce written reports for publication and litigation

·         The ability to think about the law as an instrument of social justice to advance human rights and reduce poverty

·         Ability to engage with diverse audiences, including communities and individuals affected by human rights violations, the media, government and business.

·         The incumbent must be a self-starter, who is able to work independently to keep up the momentum of work in order to meet delivery targets and also able to work as part of a broader team.

Associated Staff

Every year CALS hosts a number of interns, volunteers and visiting researchers who contribute meaningfully to socio-legal research, paralegal community work and public impact litigation. Our Internship Programme aims to provide students or recent graduates with exposure to what human rights work looks like in practice in a developing country like South Africa with its very unique and exciting constitutional framework, while at the same time enhancing our own capacity. CALS also strongly encourages applications from South African and African candidates and candidates from the 'Global South’. For more information, please see the policy below. 

Internship Policy

In addition to our rich intake of interns, CALS also accepts applications from visiting researchers. Please see the doument below for more information and feel free to direct any queries to Lisa Chamberlain at lisa.chamberlain@wits.ac.za.

Visiting Researcher Policy

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