Constitutional Court of South Africa: Invitation for Applications for Foreign Law Clerks

The Justices of the Constitutional Court of South Africa are pleased to invite applications from outstanding recent law graduates and young lawyers interested in serving as foreign law clerks. Candidates may be appointed to start as soon as 1 April 2015.

About the Position of a Foreign Law Clerk

Each year, 15 to 20 young lawyers from around the world serve as foreign law clerks to the Constitutional Court. Working alongside two South African law clerks, foreign law clerks assist a specific judge in performing his or her duties.

The responsibilities of foreign law clerks are essentially the same as those of their South African counterparts and similar to judicial clerks elsewhere in the common law world. These include extensive legal research and writing, as well as the formulation, drafting, and editing of judgments. The Court itself is highly collaborative, allowing for substantial engagement among clerks from all chambers.

Foreign clerks are usually only appointed to serve one six-month term. However, some may serve for longer subject to agreement and, at times, in more than one Chambers.

Foreign law clerks are not remunerated by the Court. Therefore, it is essential that they seek their own funding to cover their expenses, including food, accommodation, travel to and from South Africa, visas and travel to and from work daily.

Further Details

The full call for applications can be read here (pdf).

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