Graduate Opportunities

Why us

One of our greatest strengths is our culture, which is friendly and informal and offers you the freedom to mould your own success within a supportive environment.

Our firm is not simply a place of work; it is also the place where professional experience is developed and lasting relationships are formed. In working with us you will:

  • have an opportunity to work with some of the top lawyers in their fields of expertise
  • be exposed to our blue-chip client-base and the complex nature of work that we do for them
  • experience four different areas of law and will be able to decide which suits you best
  • have many opportunities to get involved in our pro bono work and make a contribution to society

What we look for

We look for students studying towards any of the following qualifications:

  • B.Com Law
  • BA Law
  • LLB

Our lawyers are team players. They are committed to excellence and deliver high quality service. Most importantly, they possess a passion for the law. So, we look for well-rounded people with a high level of academic achievement and commercial awareness.

Applications

Applications for articles starting in 2019 and 2020 are open from 01 January 2017.

What we offer

We offer a comprehensive two-year programme for you, as a candidate attorney, to serve your articles with us. During this time you will:

  • have an opportunity to apply all the knowledge you gained at university, while learning from some the top lawyers in their fields of expertise
  • be able to assess which areas of law hold particular interest for you, during each of your four rotations through our various different practice groups
  • be able to attend our in-house practical legal training – required by the Law Society to prepare you to write your Attorney’s Admission Examinations

We also offer a personal development programme to equip you with the skills necessary to face the challenges of being a young professional.

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Our vacation programme provides an opportunity for you to meet us and to get a glimpse of the day-to-day activities of an attorney practising in a leading law firm. 

The programme is one week long, running during the June/ July and November/ December holidays.

You will be able to sit in one of our practice areas and see first-hand what it is like to work at our firm. You will also attend a series of formal and social interactions with others on the programme, some of our current candidate attorneys, associates and partners.

If you are interested in serving your articles with us, apply to attend a vacation programme first and see whether you think we would be a fit.

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Each year we award several full bursaries to enable deserving students to study law.

Students with excellent matric results hoping to study law and exceptional university students currently studying law are eligible for bursaries.

Applicants are considered on the basis of academic merit and proven financial need.

Applications for bursaries to be awarded in the following academic year open in August of each year. Please note that all applications from tertiary students must be completed online by means of the below Apply Here button.

Scholars currently in their matriculation year and intending to study either LLB, BCom Law or a BA Law degree at a South African university, must please forward their CV’s, latest academic report, ID and a motivational letter to the below email address with the subject of their email as “Bursary Application: Your Name”

graduates@bowmanslaw.com

Closing date for Bursary applications: 31 October 2017

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Our selection process

The selection process for our vacation and candidate attorney programmes is as follows:

1. Online application

Applications must be submitted online. The graduate recruitment team and selected partners of the firm will screen your application to assess your eligibility.

2. Selection day programme

If your online application is successful, we will invite you to our two-day selection programme. Over these two days, you will have a number of opportunities to prove yourself as an individual and within a group setting.

3. Offer

After the selection day programme, our panel will make the hiring decisions. If you are successful, we will make you an offer.

Meet some of our candidate attorneys


FAQs

Applications for our Bowmans Break - Winter Vacation Programme open on 1 February and close on 31 April. Please apply online via Leaply. Click here
Applications for our Bowmans Break - Summer Vacation Programme open on 1 August and close on 31 October. Please apply online via Leaply. Click here
  • University students need to apply on Leaply, please click here.
  • Matriculants studying towards law in 2018 are welcome to send the following documents to the graduate mailbox graduates@bowmans.co.za
    • Motivational letter
    • CV
    • Grade 11 results
  • All applications for articles need to take place on Leaply, please click here
  • Applications for 2019 / 2020 are open until places are full for that particular year. From January 2018, applications will be open for 2020 / 2021.
  • Requirements: to complete the online application on Leaply. Create your personal profile, attach a CV, matric certificate, updated academic transcripts, copy of ID and a marked legal assignment.
All applications must be submitted online. None will be accepted manually. This is so that we can keep track of all applications. If you have technical issues please contact the technical assistance team via Leaply (click here).
Leaply will send you a communication confirming receipt of your application. If you do not receive confirmation, please contact the technical assistance team via Leaply (click here).

Top tip to make your
application stand out

“Love what you do. Yes we hire bright minds, but we also want candidate attorneys who genuinely love law, and possess a passion for learning and applying their minds to any problem thrown their way.”
Bohlale Paile, Graduate Recruitment Manager

Meet the Team

Bohlale Paile

Bohlale Paile

Graduate Recruitment Manager

Kasheer Singh -Preferred

Kasheer Singh

Graduate Recruitment Consultant

Mpho Madiba

Mpho Madiba

HR Recruitment Administrator

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