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Training contracts - South Africa

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The best possible training experience to those who join us

We are proud of the high quality work, early responsibility and exposure to clients we can offer all our Candidate Attorneys.


We make business work better for people

Retention rates

We are proud to retain 100% of our trainees

Comprehensive Training

We deliver core and complementary training

How to apply

Our applications for Candidate Attorney positions are currently open. Please submit your application by completing the form on our online system including the following documents:

1. Curriculum Vitae (CV)

2. Current academic transcripts

Your application is your opportunity to take the first step in what could be a remarkable legal career. Please take your time to ensure your application form and CV best reflects the skills and attributes you possess, and provides information regarding any relevant work experience.

In addition to the Candidate Attorney role we offer a one-year internship programme. Applicants for a Candidate Attorney position may be considered for an internship role if they don't initially evidence the behaviours and skills we look for in our Candidate Attorneys. You can indicate your willingness to be considered for the internship role in your application.



Training and seat rotation


Your training starts on day one at our local office induction, where you’ll have the chance to meet your fellow Candidate Attorneys, learn more about Pinsent Masons in South Africa including our different sectors. You'll familiarise yourself with the office and begin to build a network of contacts across the firm.

Our Graduate and HR teams will work with you throughout your time as a Candidate Attorney, ensuring you meet the requirements of your Contract of Articles, as outlined by the Law Society of South Africa. They'll also work with you, and the wider business, in the allocation of seats, providing support and guidance along the way.  

Our Candidate Attorneys complete four six-month seats throughout their Contract of Articles. This gives you the necessary time to develop the legal and commercial depth of understanding required to take on real responsibility. Our aim is to give you broad exposure to a number of different areas of the firm to maximise your options when you come to qualify.




To make sure we recruit the very best people, regardless of their background, we’ll arrange and pay for your Practical Legal Training at an institution which is recognised by the Law Society of South Africa. We'll also cover the cost of your attorneys’ admission examination fees. This is provided you complete your full Candidate Attorney period with the firm.


Candidate Attorney salaries are benchmarked against market rates for international and local firms in South Africa and are reviewed annually. That way, we ensure that, together with the outstanding training programme we deliver, we offer a competitive remuneration and benefits package.


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If you don’t meet the above criteria but there are mitigating circumstances that explain why you’ve failed to meet the minimum academic requirements, there’s an opportunity for you to include this information in your application.


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A focus on detail

With a conscientious approach, you’ll have the ability to read and absorb large amounts of reference material and spot errors quickly. You’ll be a stickler for detail when it comes to your own writing too, ensuring it’s always clear and accurate.

An interest in business

An interest in business

We’re a commercial law firm, so you’ll have a genuine interest in how business works. That means keeping up-to-date with the latest business issues, as well as appreciating how legal expertise can support and steer commercial organisations.



With the self-assurance to voice your own opinions and defend your point of view when you need to, you’ll be a convincing and persuasive communicator. But you’ll also have the self-awareness to ask for help when you need it.

Intellectual capability

Intellectual capability

You’ve the intellectual curiosity to explore new approaches and ask others’ opinions. With an analytical approach, you think things through and weigh up the implications, but also have the capacity to think on your feet to find solutions.



You’ll be approachable, outgoing and confident engaging with people from different backgrounds and experiences to your own. Whether you’re communicating with colleagues or clients, you’ll understand the need to adapt your message to suit your audience.

Personal drive

Personal drive

You’ll need to combine a real desire to be the best with the energy, ambition and enthusiasm to go the extra mile to succeed. With a can-do attitude, you’re always open to learning from your experience, so you can be even better next time.

Personal  responsibility

Personal responsibility

You understand that taking responsibility for your successes and acknowledging when things go wrong will help you to constantly improve and achieve your career aims. By knowing your strengths and weaknesses, you give others confidence in your abilities.



You understand priorities and monitor your progress towards set objectives. By being well-organised and planning and managing your work efficiently, you make sure you always deliver quality work on time.

Our recruitment process

We’ve designed our application process to ensure you’ll know the outcome in no more than three months after the application deadline. The below shows a typical recruitment and selection process. You’ll be given full details of the process in relation to your own recruitment as appropriate.


    Intern retention

    Our investment in your training means we’ll do everything possible to continue your career with us after qualification. We carefully control the number of Trainees in the business to maximise retention. Resource planning ensures that you will be given the highest quality of work, which will stretch you further and allow you to quickly learn and develop.

    Continuous professional development

    After qualification, you can look forward to a variety of development opportunities that will enable you to become a specialist in your chosen area. With a wide range of courses available through the Pinsent Masons Academy, as well as in your practice area, you’ll have plenty of scope to develop your skills, add to your responsibilities and build a successful career.


    • How many Candidate Attorney positions do you offer each year?

      Usually, we offer around 6 Candidate Attorney positions each year, although we review this regularly to make sure it reflects our business needs.

    • What is your Candidate Attorney retention rate?

      As a Purpose-led business, we want to retain as many of our Candidate Attorneys (CAs) as possible. By carefully controlling the number of CAs in the business we not only retain a greater percentage, but ensure they enjoy the highest quality of work, stretching them further, while learning and developing quickly.

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