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Students for Law and Social Justice and SECTION27 present the June Vacation Internship Programme

Students for Law and Social Justice (SLSJ) is a South African students organisation dedicated to protecting human rights, preventing discrimination and promoting social justice and the rule of law. It is a society formed in partnership between students of the various universities of South Africa and it is within SLSJ that we aim to transform legal education and access to justice.

Through our work we recognise the need for law students to engage in public interest work before and after graduation. In order to equip young lawyers with the necessary skills and understanding to advance social justice they need to be given opportunities to practice the lessons learned in discussions and debates. To achieve this both students and the profession must work together.

SECTION27 is a public interest law centre that seeks to influence, develop and use the law to protect, promote and advance human rights. SLSJ and SECTION27 have partnered up to create a space where students are given an opportunity to practically engage with public interest

Objectives of the Internship Programme:

  • To expose law students to the work of a public interest organisation and give them practical experience in this area.
  • To develop necessary legal skills, including:
    • legal research and writing;
    • assisting in consulting with clients;
    • assisting with preparation for litigation and;
    • mobilisation and advocacy;
  • To engage in community education with clients.
  • To expose students to thinking strategically about using the law to achieve a
particular outcome relevant to social justice.
  • To strengthen and build public interest and social justice practice in South Africa.
  • To groom a new cadre of human rights lawyers who use the Constitution to achieve social justice.

Details of the Internship Programme:

  • The internship will take place during the semester vacation.
    • NOTE: Due to the incongruent dates of this years June/July University vacation, the internship dates will be subject to the successful candidate’s dates of availability i.e. : as of when he/she finishes writing their June exams.
  • Participants will spend no less than 4 weeks working at the SECTION27 office in Johannesburg.
  • Participants will be supervised by a practicing attorney.
  • Participants will be required to engage in research, writing, advocacy and any other relevant tasks given by the supervising attorney.
  • In order for the programme to be meaningful reasonable supervision, guidance and access to necessary resources like computers will be provided.

Funding of the Internship Programme:

Successful participants will be provided with:

  • Flight travel to Johannesburg (return);
  • A stipend for food;
  • Transport from work to place of residence; and
  • 
Accommodation.

Criteria:

Successful students must display:

  • good writing skills;
  • creativity in their thinking;
  • a commitment to issues of social justice, showing that they have 
been involved in organisations that give credence to their commitment;
  • information regarding their participation in, or attendance at, at least two events or programmes hosted or offered by SLSJ and;
  • be informed about the work that SECTION27 does and how they can contribute to its work.

How to apply:

  • Please note only 1st, 2nd and 3rd year law students may apply.
  • Applicants must submit:
    • A Motivational letter (500 – 700 words); and
    • A Curriculum Vitae.

Applications must be sent to: maphosa@section27.org.za and cc: application.slsj@gmail.com

  • The deadline for applications is 22 April 2016.
  • Please put your name and surname and “SLSJ internship” in the subject line.
  • The SLSJ National Committee in consultation with SECTION27 will make the 
final decision.
  • Only successful candidates will be contacted no later than first week of May 2016.

Students from previously disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

For further information please contact the SLSJ National General Secretary Vuyo Mntonintshi at nec.slsj@gmail.com  or 084 648 8223 or the SECTION27-SLSJ Fellows Ntombi-Zodwa Maphosa and Tina Power at maphosa@section27.org.za and power@section27.org.za.