Applications are: open
Closing date: 23:59 on 31st October 2021
Assessment centres: Arranged as required / Ongoing
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We are proud of the high quality work, early responsibility and exposure to clients we can offer all our Candidate Attorneys, and are keen to offer the best possible training experience to those who join us. This begins from the moment you accept your offer.

As a Candidate Attorney, you will receive the technical legal skills training you require, as well as complementary skills training, which will fully equip you for your life as a newly-qualified lawyer and business advisor.

We are currently accepting applications for Candidate Attorney opportunities commencing in 2022 and 2023.

Please note, we recruit Candidate Attorneys on an ongoing basis. We would strongly recommend that you complete an application sooner rather than later to avoid being disappointed.

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.

Your training starts on day one at our local office induction, where you’ll have the chance to meet your fellow Candidate Attorneys, learn about our offering and different sectors, familiarise yourself with your new office and begin to build a network of contacts across the firm.

Our Graduate and HR team will work with you throughout your time as a Candidate Attorney to ensure that you meet the requirements of your Contract of Articles, as outlined by the Law Society of South Africa, as well as working with you and the wider business in the allocation of seats.

Our Candidate Attorneys will complete four seats throughout their Contract of Articles, with each seat lasting six months. 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 so that you have options when you come to qualify.

A Candidate Attorney position represents a big investment in your future. In light of this, Pinsent Masons will arrange and pay for your Practical Legal Training at an institution which is recognised by the Law Society of South Africa for our Candidate Attorneys as well as the 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 reviewed each year to ensure that, alongside the outstanding training package we offer, we also deliver an attractive and competitive remuneration and benefits package.

Entry requirements


academic result.

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.

Reward package

Candidate Attorney salaries are benchmarked against market rates for international and local firms in South Africa and reviewed each year to ensure that, alongside the outstanding training package we offer, we also deliver an attractive and competitive remuneration and benefits package.

What we believe makes a great Candidate Attorney


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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.

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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.

Qualification and beyond

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.

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.

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If you’ve any other questions relating to this programme, take a look through these frequently asked questions. If you still have a question that needs answering, email the team at [email protected]

Some frequently asked questions

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

Given how much we invest, we aim to retain as many of our Candidate Attorneys as possible. By carefully controlling the number of Candidate Attorneys in the business we aim, not only to retain a greater percentage in future, but also ensure that they are given the highest quality of work, which will stretch them further and allow them to learn and develop quickly.