The Socio-Economic Rights Institue of South Africa (SERI) is looking to appoint a director of litigation, senior attorney/attorney and candidate attorneys to join the SERI Law Clinic. All positions are based at SERI's offices in Braamfontein in Johannesburg. 

The SERI Law Clinic has a first-rate human rights practice, which encompasses constitutional and administrative law, criminal defence, defamation, labour law, property law, contract law (insofar as it involves consumer protection) and actions against the police and other delictual claims. SERI concentrates its work in South Africa’s townships, informal settlements and other poor and marginalised communities. SERI’s practitioners appear regularly at all levels of the court system, up to and including the Constitutional Court. SERI has an enviable track record in obtaining and enforcing ground-breaking judgments. You can find out more about SERI on and

Director of Litigation

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Litigation will be responsible for shaping and implementing SERI’s litigation strategy across its three themes of work: “Securing a Home”, “Making a Living” and “Expanding Political Space”. The successful candidate will lead a team of attorneys who provide advice and representation to social movements, communities and individuals seeking to enforce their socio-economic rights in a variety of contexts. He or she will also be expected to develop SERI's profile and outreach with communities, media, the government and donors.

We’re looking for someone with the following qualifications, skills and experience -

  • Bachelor of Laws Degree. A higher degree in law or the social sciences would be an added advantage.
  • Admitted to practice as an attorney or advocate in South Africa. However, SERI will consider applications from exceptional candidates who qualified outside South Africa, and who are committed to gaining the necessary qualifications to practice in South Africa.
  • At least 5 years’ experience of public law litigation.
  • Prior engagement with human rights advocacy and research.
  • Experience in the training and mentorship of junior lawyers.
  • Excellent written English.
  • A record of interest in and engagement with any area of work in which SERI is currently active.
  • Experience in media strategy and communications and/or community-based advocacy and training.

The appointment will take effect on 1 October 2019.

Senior Attorney/ Attorney

Reporting to the Director of Litigation, the Attorney will be expected to develop a litigation practice across a wide range of work, encompassing trial, motion and appeal work, including criminal, constitutional, administrative, labour, property and delictual matters. The Senior Attorney will, in addition, be expected to mentor, train and act as principal to one or more of SERI’s candidate attorneys, to deputise for the Director of Litigation where necessary, and to share with the Director of Litigation the responsibility of managing SERI’s caseload and its team of attorneys and candidate attorneys.

The requirements for the position are as follows -

For Attorneys

  • Admission as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa.
  • Interest in and, some prior engagement with, human rights law or litigation.
  • Interest in, and experience of, research, writing and publication.
  • Fluency in any of South Africa’s indigenous languages.

Additional Requirements for Appointment as a Senior Attorney

  • At least 3 years’ post admission experience.
  • Experience of practice in the Supreme Court of Appeal and Constitutional Court.
  • Right of appearance in terms of s 25 (3) of the Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014

Candidate Attorney (2)

The SERI Law Clinic wishes to fill up to two vacancies for candidate attorneys (CAs).

These vacancies will arise on or after 1 January 2020.

The requirements for the positions are as follows -


  • LLB Degree.
  • Interest in and, some prior engagement with, human rights law or litigation.


  • Interest in, and experience of, research and publication.
  • Fluency in any of South Africa’s indigenous languages.


The closing date for applications is Friday 28 June 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

SERI is committed to transformation. Black South Africans and women are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • View the full advertisement for each position here