SECTION27 is a public interest law centre that uses the law to protect, promote and advance human rights. If you are passionate about human rights, are self-motivated and would like to be part of a dynamic team working to challenge legal, political and social systems and positively influence society, working at SECTION27 could be the challenge you have been looking for.


SECTION27 seeks to appoint an Attorney, based in Johannesburg.

Our activities include litigation, research and advocacy to advance and promote the rule of law. We focus on protecting everyone’s right of access to health care services, basic education and sufficient food, as guaranteed by the Constitution.



  • Attorney (with admission in the High Court) with at least 5 years’ post-admission experience.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Experience in High Court litigation.
  • Knowledge of human rights and public interest law will be advantageous.
  • Experience and knowledge of education law and policy will be advantageous.
  • Project management skills, including planning and report writing skills.
  • Communication, interpersonal and listening skills.
  • Writing, analytical and time management skills.
  • Ability to multi-task.


  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Proficiency in (or working towards learning) one or more indigenous South African languages is highly desirable.

Personal attributes

  • Ability to work under extreme pressure.
  • Extremely organised with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Willingness to travel.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Investigate the merits of possible cases and conduct necessary research to support legal interventions.
  • Work with community organisers, activists, and partners to collect data and relevant materials for cases.
  • Consult with clients.
  • Brief and consult with counsel.
  • Draft legal papers.
  • Monitor progress of cases.
  • Draft legal submissions and opinions.
  • Conduct research and analysis.
  • Keep abreast of legal and socio-political developments that are relevant to the work of SECTION27.
  • Publish articles and opinion pieces.
  • Build and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders and clients.
  • Engage with the government and private actors.
  • Liaising with the media.
  • Participate in team activities. This includes team meetings as well as monthly staff meetings.
  • Organisational reviews and planning as well as other meetings that relate to the work of SECTION27.
  • Teaching, training and public education including presentations at conferences.
  • Advocacy activities, including assisting with public mobilisation.

Please note that a driver’s licence is essential.

Please forward your curriculum vitae accompanied by a motivation as to why you are interested in and suitable for the position to applications@section27.org.za by 16 February 2018. Late applications will not be considered and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.